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.
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