There have been a number of times recently when I've considered retiring my mattcatt purrsona, hang up the DJ headphones, and pack away the making materials. The truth is I am simply not motivated by money so the prospect of creating a fiscal success has been challenging as I shy away from taking risks or indulging in the dark arts of intensive marketing. I'm aware of the need to be competitive, but perhaps i'd prefer to earn my living another way.
In truth I feel I have a big enough job on being a single parent to 2 teens and the notion of compromising my duties in order to try and hustle a buck is frankly quite daunting, especially if it doesnt go according to plan. So I've been adopting the slow and steady approach and trying my best to stay in tune with the seasons.
Last autumn I started a regular saturday morning radio show on www.reelhousetv.com It was good learning experience especially from a technical viewpoint and i met some great people who have inspired me with their music and presentation style. I just found that I was struggling to cultivate a regular audience and the general consensus was that Saturday morning wasn't the best time to reach my regular listeners. Add to that a series of irregular server outages and I felt like I wasn't able to promote the show to the general public. I've since been in discussion with my old radio station GFFR and will be making announcements as timeslots get confirmed.
My live DJ shows have been on hold since my 2 shows for Prohibition and Strange Daze last year. I'm hoping to do more with Emma and Chris in the future as well as for other local events organizers I met through reelhouse. It will mean adding a few extra folders of music to my collection in order to appease the locals but I'm confident I can find a happy balance of what I'm used to playing and opening up to new sounds and styles, especially if they do get people dancing. I'm also planning a trip to London for my birthday in April and so will be doing a show or two there too.
Where I'm making the most progress is with my maker craft and have been instrument in the transformation of the local group that I work with to provide a space for people of all ages to have a go at various creative activities. formally known as 'crafty brew' we have reformed as ReCreate and are in the process of getting funding so we can carry on with a number of projects for the year ahead. Some of this will be making items for events so I think it's time to merge my arts n crafts side with my musical side and complete the 'mobile disco' installation i currently have in the cabin.
Once again it's all to play for and whilst I may think that I don't have a lot to offer, the fact is I have more than enough to be getting on with for now. Who know's my lucky break could be waiting for me just around the next corner, so onwards upwards and outwards we go into the future and with a spring in the step. Here's my last DJ mix to get you in the mood for summer, let's have some fun whilst we work. Enjoy
y yet......There is no charge . yes ladies & gents it's free! But we are not compromising on quality!"
AFTER PARTY LINE UP (Swing, Jazz + Electro Swing)
7.30pm - 8pm Swing & Dixie Land Jazz with Emma Clair
8pm - 8.45pm Charleston Dance Class with Velody
8.45pm - 9.45pm - Dr Sid (Original swing set)
9.45pm - 2am Electro Swing with Nanook, Emma Clair, Matt Catt
After a relatively quiet summer events wise, the offers are coming in thick and fast. On top of the recent DJ bookings I also have been asked to take part in Mossley Light Festival on the 24th November.
We will be building showpieces for the lantern parade and using appropriate tech to illuminate them. There will also be site specific installations. The overarching theme will be 'transformation' and we will be incorporating this into the costumes made for the summer's Tempest performances that were a big success in Liverpool and Manchester. The crafty brew club with whom I am working are making caterpillars, chrysalis and butterflies.
The addition of LED lights as well as using UV paint and glitter are just some of the ideas being explored. The result will certainly bring some colour to an otherwise drab winter evening in this historical mill town. Let's hope the weather is kind to us this year!!!
MLF facebook page is [HERE] or use the above link to register your interest should you wish to get involved.
Rocketz Ultra Mobile Party Sound System is the brain child of Nick Waters who is based in Trier, Germany. We originally met when he came to DJ in London and an offer to couch surf at mine became a music based friendship which has seen Nick release a series of limited edition white labels and host events both in the UK and in Germany.
Advances in amplifiers technology also play a part and these use T-class microprocessors to deliver power to the frequencies in use rather than the whole audio spectrum. This ensures that a whole event’s power can come from a low voltage PSU or a battery pack which is can be supplied as part of the kit, there’s even the option to illuminate the casing with LED lights from the inside. What’s more, they stack up to fit into a pack that all together weighs less than 5kg. Rocketz has a rental service that currently allows them to send anywhere in Germany. Once you assemble which literally takes a minute and connect your audio source, then you’re ready to party anywhere.
Follow the link to the Startnext page to pledge your support.
I've been interviewed by DJ and blogger Francois Parker for a Plymouth based 'zine called Loose Fit.
I was born in London but grew up in Plymouth and started my music journey there. It was good to get asked to recall those groundbreaking times and some of the highs and lows of the 30 years since.
Read the full article is here.
I used the web host 1&1's own site builder, next we will add lot's more cute doggie pictures.
I often forget how the skills I take for granted can be a boon to other business who struggle to keep up with the changes in technology and social media as they focus on their trade.
Anyone reading who needs help with their website or integrating apps etc should contact me for a chat. To see more click on image or visit www.groomingtails.org.uk
i've edited a short film i started in 2008