Summer-y Bulletin

posted May 23, 2018, 2:33 AM by Matt Catt   [ updated May 24, 2018, 2:39 AM ]

Its been challenging last few months with equipment failure and personal matters hampering my festival preparations but i feel that the show must go on and i will be coming to play some music at this years Shindig Weekender.

Since I moved away from London, Many of the events that i enjoyed going to, slipped from grasp. Part of the experience was the getting there and I am a keen fan of lift sharing; often teaming up with others to make the journey more manageable. Now I'm in a new environment and finding my festival kin locally is proving to be a bit trickier. I'd love to use the train a lot more too as my kit is portable, alas it's cheaper to fly abroad than it is to travel across our own island which always infuriates me. 

If needs be then I shall relish the ride, the window on the world whooshing by is a thing of great value compared to the tiny peep holes on planes and all journeys have their assorted interactions, and even start to be fun once the travel anxiety has dissipated and I know I'm getting there.

UPDATE: - By the power of social media I appear to be doing a mixture of train and lift share, fingers crossed this will all run smoothly....

If you're coming to Shindig then do come and find me.

Or later in the year at Festival 8. More news on that soon.

Midweek GEMS on KGR

posted Feb 28, 2018, 8:30 AM by Matt Catt   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 2:06 AM ]

Delighted to Announce that I will be back on air with a reboot of my Wednesday evening show for KGR/GFFR.

Both Kingston Green Radio and Green Futures Festival Radio are run by Sam Hermitage from the Kingston Environment Centre in New Malden, London. GFFR also streams live shows from The Green Futures Field at Glastonbury Festival. They have a 2 week FM radio license as part of a local campaign to promote green issues and attract a diverse and engaged audience.

In a 2 part special I shall be streaming from my home nr. Manchester to their server and FM transmitter and selecting some of my favourite music from old favourites to new discoveries . Each show kicking off with an hour of uptempo rhythms followed by an hour of more laid back sounds.  It's a global eclectic music selection of great tunes, cult classics, version excursions, remixes and more.  A mix of the familiar with the unexpected.

Wednesday's 7th and 14th March 20:00-22:00 (uk +0)
note - FM is only available in the New Malden / Kingston Area

2018 News

posted Jan 16, 2018, 7:14 AM by Matt Catt   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 7:27 AM ]

As the new year starts I am exactly where i need to be, a bit more progressed towards my goals to resolve various hardware and software issues; and looking to upgrade both my system and workflow.

In terms of media strategy, I'm still not publishing as much as I'd like although writing this does in effect change that. My plan is to migrate my website back to wordpress CMS and have already been sandboxing various ideas there. You can expect a similar colourway and branding, a refreshed layout and more content, especially mobile pix.

In addition to this i am beavering away behind the scenes to put together more show material both for live events and online radio, I will continue to post things here as well as on my mixcloud.

ReCreate - Mossley is gearing up to take part in at least 3 projects this year with more down the line, it's good to be part of something that is community based and whilst i could devote more time to this one project, i see the value in it growing at it's own pace and being a sum total of its parts. My biggest choices are whether to do more community based events and projects or clear my time to pursue something entirely different. Whilst i continue to be available both as a creative and a technical assistant, I am looking to be part of something bigger which invariably requires a longer tail in terms of planning and development. Ultimately I don't wish to work alone, so open up to enquiries, connections and chance data. 

Stay tuned for further announcements and if you need me, just holla.... I'll just leave my latest mix here for you to enjoy....

Autumn News

posted Sep 5, 2017, 7:37 AM by Matt Catt   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 8:32 AM ]

My summer started well with a great set at Festival 8's silent disco. 

Playing to an audience that can switch channels at will, requires a playlist that appeals to a wide cross section whilst retaining its place between the sounds provided by the other 2 dj's. I delved into my edits and remixes folder and pulled out a selection of mid tempo dance classics with a bit of edge, which worked nicely with the late night crowd. See mix below.

I also enjoyed the dance workshops hosted by DJ Hugh G Ego aka Christopher Boylan and plan to meet up again at one of the 5rhythms workshops that he organizes across the north of England. 

Our sessions at ReCreate were quiet over summer with many members away or burdened with childcare or working commitments, that said we still managed to make some signage  and star mobiles for The Celebrate event in Mossley that my daughter helped to produce with Global Grooves.

I'm also just putting the finishing touches to a website make-over for local pet care providers animal assistance. It's been good to brush up on my wordpress skills.

Looking ahead we have another Mossly light festival coming up on November 25th, I am looking forward to seeing what gets created for it.

here's a link to my silent disco mix, featuring a selection of tracks played on the night.

S'merry News

posted Jul 18, 2017, 2:41 PM by Matt Catt   [ updated Jul 19, 2017, 2:18 PM ]

valerie du vale

It's been a productive few months since my last update. 

In june, our craft club ReCreate - Mossley got together and transformed a plywood mammoth as part of the Marvellous Mossley Great Community Get Together, For two weeks prior to event, the mammoths were part of a hunt to get people exploring the area and meeting the groups who offer a wide range of community activities. I had mainly technical input and worked on making it structural and functional, i also sourced some of the materials including the fluffy coat which was filling from old sun lounger cushions! I'm particularly proud of the L.E.D. lighting made from milk bottles that wrapped around her feet and Emily's finishing touch was to make it interactive by allowing golden ribbons to be tied on......a stroke of pure genius with a simple message "today you tie ribbons, tomorrow you could actually be in the carnival". We were told to try and use as much recycled material as possible, which we did by just adding glue, glitter and paint....Valerie du Vale is one lean carnival queen x It is now confirmed that she will be making an appearance at at least 2 more events this year.

We have more projects lined up for ReCreate and already it has put me in touch with other local arts groups, watch this space.....

festival 8 poster
The other exciting event news is that this weekend i will be back at Festival8 in Lincolnshire, closing the silent disco on Friday night. 

It will be at least another year before i can get back to doing more regular shows, in the long term I'm unsure as to whether i would be that bothered about many of the events commercially listed especially with favourites like The Secret Garden Party ending their runs. For now I'd rather do small things like Festival8 and continue to learn the skills required to put on events closer to home. The Vale are hosting their own on 21st August called Celebrate. I am proud to announce that my daughter is on the management team for this and I shall be providing creative support too, more on that and the light festival HERE.

finally in case you haven't heard here's my latest mixcloud recording. 
Enjoy your summer and hope to share more with you soon.

Spring '17 news

posted Mar 1, 2017, 3:26 PM by Matt Catt   [ updated May 31, 2017, 3:48 AM ]

I've emerged from winter slumber, a time of regeneration and contemplation for the coming year.

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 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

DJ mattcatt at Prohibition Party 5th November 2016

posted Oct 3, 2016, 1:21 PM by Matt Catt   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 4:17 PM ]

flyer front

I will be providing some after party vintage vibes
at Prohibition on the 5th November

flyer back

  Bridge Tavern, 58 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BW

"We have listened to feedback on past events and tried to make this our most enjoyable after part
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

Mossley Light Festival

posted Sep 8, 2016, 2:17 AM by Matt Catt   [ updated Oct 28, 2016, 4:07 AM ]

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 Party Soundsystem - Crowdfunding Update

posted Mar 22, 2016, 9:14 AM by Matt Catt   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 5:40 AM ]

I delighted to see a prototype sound system concept I worked on a few years back has developed into a fully fledged start up that now seeks support from a crowd funding campaign on Startnext.

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.

His Rocketz sound system has been a long time in development with a simple concept to make a portable P.A. that is both functional and minimal in it’s environmental impact. After experimenting with a lot of different shapes and materials, the Rocketz concept was born and named after their elongated shape. The design is surprisingly simple, you simply fix two food storage containers end to end and their combined volume and tensile strength allows the speaker driver fixed into the front to project a sound both with clarity and efficiency, very much like how a drum skin resonates when tuned under tension. These cases are made of PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) and is a by product of food manufacture, using them in this way ensures less waste all round.

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.

Nick follows in a long tradition of tech start ups, starting at home working from his basement before moving into a premises in Trier’s artisan district but the product has passed the trials with flying colours. It’s time to go to the next level and produce a number of units for sale.

Follow the link to the Startnext page to pledge your support.

I wish Nick the very best of luck with this and he deserves to succeed….. As the saying goes You can’t hold back a good idea who’s time has come.

Loose Fit Interview

posted Jan 19, 2016, 2:36 AM by Matt Catt   [ updated Jan 19, 2016, 4:54 AM ]

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.

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