Mad Mats (Local Talk Records, Stockholm)
The term “a DJ’s DJ” has probably never been more accurate than with Mad Mats. He is one of those rare DJs who is more comfor table playing a wild style session rather than simply playing it safe. He’s known worldwide to combine all style of black dance music with a flawless DJ technique and a healthy leftfield attitude towards the underground club scene.
Born in 1971 and brought up in a less privileged suburb of Stockholm where music was never of importance until he dived head over heals into the world of hip hop through breakdancing (Swedish b-boy champ 1985). That later led Mats to become one of the resident DJs at Stockholm’s early hip hop jams in the mid and late 80’s. In 1988 during a trip to London he witnessed the thriving rare groove scene that opened up his musical senses to discover a world of dance music. At the same time he also started producing hip hop and collecting breaks which made him search deeper for rare funk, soul, jazz and world music. The cycle was complete when he in the early 90’s got into house music after a visit to the legendary Sound Factory Bar NYC. With this wild cocktail of music styles he became one of the most popular and respected DJs in the Stockholm club scene during the 90’s and is today a DJ with a solid cult status and has on numerous occasions been voted Sweden’s best DJ.
In 1996 he started what would become one of the most long lived and respected club nights in Swedish history when he opened up the legendary Raw Fusion club. The Stockholm club was a mirror of Mats own musical references (100% musical freedom) and went strong for over 13 years with guest DJs like Theo Parrish, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jay Dee, Carl Craig, Laurent Garnier, DJ Harvey, Gilles Peterson and Kerri Chandler to name just a few. In 2001 the Raw Fusion brand also evolved into a highly acclaimed record label that for 10 years released a wide range of dance music.
Today Mats is working hard with one of the most hyped house labels of today, Local Talk Records.
DJlerin DJi olarak tanımlanan Mad Mats, Stockholm elektronik müzik sahnesininönde gelen isimlerinden. Siyahi müziği kusursuz bir DJ tekniği ile birleştirerek dünya çapında ün kazandı. 1971 doğumlu olan ve Stockholm’un kenar mahallelerinden birinde büyüyen Mad Mats, 1980’lerde break-dans ile hip-hop dünyasına girdi. 80’lerin sonlarına doğru Londra’da ‘Rare Groove’ akımından etkilenen Mats, elektronik dans müziğini keşfetti. Hip-hop üzerinden rare funk, soul, jazz ve world music dünyasına girdi ve 90’larda efsanevi Sound Factory Bar’da House müzik ile tanışması ile döngü tamamlandı.
90’larda Stockholm klüp camiasının en saygın ve popüler isimlerinden biri olan Mats, bir çok kere İsveç’in en iyi DJi seçildi. 96’da İskandinavya’nın en bilinen klüplerinden olan ve 13 yıldan fazla yaşayan efsanevi Raw Fusion klübünü açtı. Klüpte çalan isimler arasında Theo Parrish, Peanut Butter Wolf, Jay Dee, Carl Craig, Laurent Garnier, DJ Harvey, Gilles Peterson ve Kerri Chandler var. 2001’de geniş bir skalada dans müzik yayınlayan Raw Fusion plak şirketini kurdu. Bugünlerde endüstrinin yenilikçi house label’ı Local Talk Records ile çalışıyor.