UK - Clouded Vision / Turbo Recordings
Matt Walsh’s interest in DJing and production was fostered in the late 1990’s, while he was at university and progressive house was at its peak. “I think it all stemmed from going to prog house nights and being the only indie kid,” he remembers. “It was the first time I’d heard house music outside my bedroom but I wasn’t into the scene. You had to wear shoes and I kept not being let in!”
Fast forward a couple of years, a new decade heralded the birth of Electroclash and with it DJ Hell’s Gigolo Records, City Rockers and Playhouse. “Gradually as this new sound appeared it began to suit me more and more; it was my middle ground,” Matt recalls. Residencies in his hometown Colchester beckoned, followed by a move 60 miles down the road to London, closer to renowned club nights Bugged Out and Trash and dance music mecca Fabric.
As Matt began to develop his trademark sound of modern disco-infused electronic house and techno, an offer of a residency at East London’s seminal T-Bar club set off a chain of events that would lead to Turbo Recordings don Tiga spotting him there in 2007. Following an invite to play “an all-acid party in a cave” in Montreal, Matt was swiftly signed to the label and has resided there ever since.
He has since toured the world, not only with Turbo, but as a long term resident of Bugged Out and autonomously, and can sit as comfortably in a peak time rave as he can in an extended build or delving late into the night.
Matt began his work on the production side as part of the duo Clouded Vision, formed alongside studio partner Steve Cook. Remixes on Turbo Recordings and Mute propelled Matt to set up Clouded Vision Recordings. They have since produced 2 EPs for the label and will be releasing music from new upcoming artists throughout 2011, keeping an ethos of slow tempo, modern electronic disco. Their work has been played and supported by the cream of the contemporary dance music crop including Tensnake, Cosmo Vitelli, The Revenge, Joakim, Mugwump, Trevor Jackson and Shit Robot.
Under his own name, Matt’s original material has been described as techno with a propulsive and percussive energy, never afraid to take risks. “I try to move beyond the safer techno house sounds and hopefully create something a bit different. It’s important to me to stay true to what I grew up with and I think that comes through in my productions, the EBM and new wave sound.”
His combined work with Hypercolor Boss, Alex Jones, on a remix for electro high priestess Peaches’ ‘Lose You’ on XL Records was played on Radio 1’s Essential Mix and supported by Andrew Weatherall, Laurant Garnier, Tiga and Paul Woolford to name a few.
Matt’s first 2 solo EP’s were released in 2010 through UK club night Wax:On’s record label and Turbo label mate Sei A’s Seinan Music respectively, and fast became favourites of DJs as widespread as Optimo, Simian Mobile Disco, M.A.N.D.Y, Jennifer Cardini, Chloe, Ivan Smagghe, Cari Lekebusch and of course Tiga. He ended 2010 with his biggest selling piece of music so far, a peak time rolling techno version of Popof’s ‘The Chomper’ on Turbo Recordings tour compilation, Planet Turbo.