Toronto Nightclub Awards - Lifetime Achievement Award
Matt started djing when he was 4 years old spinning records on his parent’s turntable for the family.
At 13 years old Matt got his first pair of turntables and a mixer and started djing professionally, mainly playing house parties, banquet halls and high school dances.
At 16 years old Matt competed in the DMC world mixing championships and placed 1st in Eastern Canada.
At 18 years old Matt was hired to DJ the all ages Sundays at RPM (which became The Guvernment) and within a year of that gig he was also djing Thursdays and Saturdays. RPM was the premiere dance club in Toronto at the time and his residency lasted 6 years.
When Matt was 20 years old he was given the live to air broadcast on CFNY 102.1 live to air from the phoenix hosted by the late Martin Streek.
As the Toronto rave scene blossomed Matt became one of the main DJ’s on the circuit. From 1991 until 2001 Matt dj’d over 3000 gigs and basically spun 7 nights a week for a decade. Sometimes 5 gigs on a weekend alone.
Matt formed a group called Ear Candy with production partner Craig Mcconnell that put out a few hits including Tall Tales that was on regular rotation on Energy 108 and featured MC Gadget and Jennstar on vocals.
At 22 years old Matt attended The Billboard Music Conference in San Francisco and discovered a nightclub there called The Endup. Matt brought this concept back to Toronto and with business partners created the nightclub Buzz which later became The Comfort Zone that kept the original don’t close all weekend concept. Not only was it one of Torontos most fun nightclubs but is also regarded as Toronto’s sketchiest.
At 24 Matt along with partners Gavin Bryan, Mario Jay and Danielle Bellevence opened Industry, 1996-2000 which is regarded as one of the top ten nightclubs in the world of all time by Mixer Magazine.
In 1998, Matt released Industry anthems 4am which was a compilation of some of the greatest house music tracks of the era which went on to become the largest selling underground house music compilation to date and was supported by a Canadian tour that took Matt from coast to coast.
In 1999, Matt created the record label Family Recordings which had many successful releases including Zulu (one of Carl Cox’s favorite tracks), Africa (which was released on the best of the Ibiza compilation summer 2000), kiss you all over (collaboration with Kenny Glasgow and became a top ten hit in France) and many others. All of the releases were critically acclaimed.
Throughout the years Matt held residences at countless Toronto nightclubs which would include RPM, The Phoenix, Buzz, The Comfort Zone, The Boom Boom Room, Go Go, The Big Bop, City Limits, The Bamboo, 5ive, The Nac in London Ontario, the list goes on and on. Internationally Matt dj’d all over the States, Mexico, Budapest, Prague, Vienna, London England, & Sydney Australia. Matt has always had a soft spot for Montreal where he also was born.
Clubs that Matt has owned include Thunderdome (when he was 16 years old), Buzz, Industry, NASA, and 5ive.
From 2002 until present, Matt has chose not to gig regularly as he runs a very busy residential real estate team. Though, he still has an incredible DJ set-up in his East side loft (that resembles a night club) where he likes to spin for his wife and friends.
Though Matt will be turning 50 next year, he is still very much a young spirited man inside.