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Matt Darey

Questions Top100 DJs 2013 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:19

"Prog and big room style/the deeper side of electronic beats.”
Best known for: 
"Nocturnal radio show.”
Tune of the year: 
"All deep house and mainly new artists.”
"I guess the commercial pop end of 'EDM' is so popular now, clearly into the realms of the pop artist filling massive venues, and big fees come with the territory.“
Have DJs' fees got out of hand?: 
“For sure, just the commercial end of it, simply 'cause it’s crossing over into the mainstream pop charts.”
Has dance music become the new pop?: 
"I guess party animals have the most fun.”
If you could be any animal, what would you be?: 
"Guilty! Ha, been a while though, kinda feels a bit wrong nowadays.”
Should DJs do "heart hands": 
"Yeah, at a time when dance music has exploded like never before, more kids are doin’ drugs for the first time and it’s so easy for them to lose perspective, and some let it get out of control.”
Do DJs have a duty to speak out about drugs?: 
"All I need is a good after party and I'm set, low maintenance!”

2013 has mainly been about production for Matt Darey. The long time producer of main room prog sounds finally decided the time was right to make his debut album, 'Blossom & Decay'. As well as that, he also turned out his first remix in years after making his name with them in the ‘90s before focussing on his own material.

“I wanted to start remixing again ‘cause I kinda miss it,” he says. “But I’m being very selective. I love rock bands so it was a good place to start with 30 Seconds to Mars.”

In the wake of the debut album, Darey has been exploring a new sound and has fallen in love with lots of contemporary deep house. “I started off in a guitar band, then made drum & bass, then big house in 1993, then breakbeat, then trance and progressive. I’m taking all this production experience and putting it all into the melting pot, so to speak.”

As well as lots more remixes, a second album and more touring ahead, Matt continues to do his weekly Nocturnal Sunrise podcast each week and recently passed the 400 episodes mark... a fair commitment for someone as busy as him. </span></p>