in 2008 we ran a DJ competition to unearth some of the UK's hottest talent to perform alongside Audio Bullys, Freemasons, Mauro Picotto, Stonebridge and Dave Pearce at Dance Island Festival. We selected rising star Matt Weeks who has clearly been a busy man since winning the competiton, he has just been announced as the resident DJ for the UK's biggest Friday night party, The Gallery at Ministry Of Sound. We caught up with Matt to find out about his new residency.
How did you find out about the news?
I have played regularly for The Gallery over the years, so it’s not unusual for me to be in contact with Gav (Gavyn Mytchel) but pretty much out of the blue I was asked to go for a meeting at the club and I had no idea why. It was surreal, sitting in that office amongst dance music history and then I heard the news. There was obviously only ever going to be one answer - YES! My dream had come true, the train journey home was a little haizy, so much running through my head. I would just like to take this moment to say a massive thank you to Gav and everyone at The Gallery.
What will the residency involve?
I will be one of the new house music residents, so my home will primarily be in room 103 once a month, which I am very excited about.From what I know the sets will be 2-3 hours, which will be cool as you can go on a nice little journey in that time, I’m just itching to get started! The Gallery has been the home to some of the biggest names in dance music, I can’t describe how it feels to be a resident alongside them. I probably should mention now that my debut gig as the new resident is on the 10th August with a 3 hour set following on from Gallery legends Tall Paul and Steve Lee.
What can we expect from you in your new residency?
I am going to give every gig my all, that’s for sure. In terms of music, lots of percussion and deep driving bass lines! I really want to make this residency my own and use it to take me to the next level. I now mix on Traktor, which is all relatively new to me. Coming from CDJ's and previously vinyl, its a bit of a step, so I'm still getting to grips with what can be done on a just a couple of decks. As soon as I am comfortable my aim is to bring more of a live element to my sets, so you can expect to see me develop that in my new position.
What have you been up to since we featured you as 'The One To Watch'?
Lots! The news lead to lots of bookings, which was great as I was able to step outside of my comfort zone as 'warm-up' and play more varied sets. This led to me becoming resident for ElectronicSessions which pretty much got me to where I am now. As resident for ES I was able to distinguish my own sound whilst playing alongside quality DJ's at each event with a great crowd. Ross and Greg gave me the space to develop and I would really like to thank them for that but early 2012, after 2 years, I decided it was the right time to step down and focus on new projects. Besides all of that, FreshEra, the promotion I run with my brother Joe, has gone from strength to strength and I also have had a crack at producing.
You have made the transition from decks to studio, how is that going?
I find it hard if I am completely honest. I am a DJ and did not set out to become a producer but the way it is nowadays you have to do both. Don't get me wrong, when I actually sit down to do it, I love it, but I am learning as I go which can be frustrating. Slowly I am getting there though, I think each release has shown improvement, even you guys at Trackitdown had one of my remixes as featured track so I must be doing something right. I hope to pick up Maschine soon to draw my eyes away from that computer screen, which will help. The plan is to dedicate more time to the studio, so we shall see what happens.
The residency is a huge step but what other plans do you have for the future?
The immediate future is to obviously focus on the residency, being resident for one of the biggest weekly club nights at one of the best clubs in the world is massive, so I want to make it a success. Relating to that, the talk of The Gallery and Ministry tours has also been mentioned, so we shall see what happens there. I need to get more tracks out there, so allot of my spare time will now be in the studio and as discussed I would like to develop a live aspect to my sets. I would love to do more festivals next year and the complete contrast is I also want to play some more small underground events. Surprisingly, I only went to Ibiza for the first time this year, so I guess the next goal is to have a proper stint over there, which would be amazing! There are some exciting plans in the pipeline for FreshEra also and I will also be continuing with my weekly / monthly shows on LightWave Radio. Lots going on to keep me busy for sure!
Finally, what tips or advice can you offer to DJ's looking to breakthrough?
I think it’s now more important than ever to develop your own unique style and sound. So many people are DJ's nowadays and lots of people are all just playing the same stuff and following what's hot. You need something that makes you bookable above the rest, so having your own little thing going on will definitely help get you noticed.
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