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Poll 2020: MATTN

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Belgium's MATTN is a real trailblazer — one of the very few women in the EDM scene at large. This year she has appreciated the imposed time off and its benefits for her own mental health. “I think this crisis was a wake-up call for everyone to evaluate their lives,” she tells DJ Mag.
 
As well as a honeymoon to the Maldives she has started singing on her own tracks, taking singing lessons. “I always really liked major club bangers with an amazing drop. But now that there are no festivals to play at, I also developed a love for chill house and deep house sounds,” she says.
 
As such, tune into one of her live streams to hear MATTN “experiment a bit with some other types of music” or hold tight for when parties return, when this Smash The House artist will unleash her new vocal tracks as well as a more considered and deeper sound.
 
 
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
 
“I started with vocal coaching, we bought a puppy named Malibu and this made our home feel so much more alive. I started working on my own make-up brand.” 
 
 
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
 
“We should try to find other ways of entertaining people and try to keep people intrigued.”
 
 
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
 
“Personally I think it's really weird to talk about racism in the music scene. A lot of masterpieces are made by Black people... and the dance scene loves to make edits or mashups from these tracks... We should all be very grateful that there is so much diversity in the music industry.”
 
 
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
 
“I would love to see more respect and appreciation for female artists. We’re getting there but it’s still a long way to go.”
 
 
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
 
“MATTN vs. Stavros Martina & Kevin D ‘Girlz Wanna Have Fun’.”
 
 
 

 

 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 11:17

Style: 
"EDM/bigroom"
Best known for: 
"“Children, and bringing female-friendly vibes to worldwide mainstages.”"
Tune of the year: 
"Joel Corry feat. MNEK ‘Head & Heart’.”

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Since debuting in the Top 100 DJs poll last year it’s been business as usual for Belgian player MATTN. By that we mean relentless touring schedules seeing her touch down at some of the biggest events on the planet, checking in everywhere from New York to Monterrey in Mexico to Monteux in France. Not to mention a calendar packed with studio time, further cementing her relationship with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s imprint, Smash The House, while consistently storming charts in the process. 

The past 12 months involved that collaboration with Klaas and Roland Clark, paying homage to the late Robert Miles’s classic trancer, ‘Children’. She’s also been behind the mixing desk — and the mic — with Paris Hilton, the results of which made memories at Tomorrowland, where the pair gave their work a live test-run before a huge main stage crowd. A homegrown headliner, MATTN had already received an impassioned welcome, the muscular beats, euphoric rave-y breakdowns and massive overall sound she’s well known for embraced by Belgian audiences with open arms.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-18 09:37

Style: 
“EDM, future house, big room.”
Best known for: 
“Bringing a female touch to my sets that everyone can relate to.”
Tune of the year: 
“FISHER ‘You Little Beauty’.”

Poll 2018: MATTN

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DJ style: “Electronic music.”
Best known for: “Tomorrowland main stage.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Fisher ‘Losing it’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Hiddn.”

The last couple of years have seen Belgian DJ and producer MATTN achieve an impressive level of success. She’s released a clutch of banging releases on Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s Smash The House label, including the 2018 summer festival anthem ‘Throne’. She has also collaborated with artists like Magic Wand, Futuristic Polar Bears and Dutch mystery duo 2 Faced Funks, and began a creative partnership with rising star Hiddn, resulting in their tropical-esque vocal track ‘Late’, released in May of this year.

2018 has seen her profile continue to rise, with DJ gigs all over the world, from Creamfields to Tomorrowland, both solo and as a support act for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. In 2017 she put her own unique twist on the massive Vegas & Mike vs Diplo banger ‘Hey Baby’, and at the time of writing is about to drop her latest single ‘Don’t Say A Word’. The 26-year-old Antwerp-based artist will be spending the Autumn on tour, bringing her particular blend of electro-house to the clubbers of Asia.

Words: HAROLD HEATH

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 15:09