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 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

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.

Happy new you !

posted Jan 12, 2016, 4:52 AM by Matt Catt   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 2:16 AM ]

Welcome to my first blog entry of 2016. I have been getting to grips with my new device an apple iPad mini2. I am even using dictation capabilities to write this blog with nothing more than my voice which I find pretty impressive as it also allows free flow of thought. It's not entirely accurate and I still find myself having to go back and correct but for the main part it's interesting to see the words appear on the screen as I speak them.


2015 was a tough, not as tough as 2014 but still challenging as I got to grips with life as a loan parent. My biggest sacrifice is as a DJ, making the decision that I simply cannot do all the shows that I am offered, In fact the process of establishing myself in a new area is practically impossible without a support network in place for my family and our pets. Also living outside of the major city has it's limitations with transport. So I turn to the Internet and rely on my radio show as an outlet for sharing the music that I am collecting.

The Global groove show which I host fortnightly on GFFR allows me to play from the comfort of my home. The next show will be on 20th January and fortnightly thereafter, tune in between 2000 and 22:00 hours GMT. I am also on the lookout for other radio station opportunities so if you heard me play and want to book me on your station then please contact me.

Since we erected the cabin in the garden I have been gradually spending more time working with my hands on craft projects. In addition to this I am attending the crafty brew club at the vale arts Centre in Mosley. I find making things to be very therapeutic and rewarding. The Vale Centre is a great place with lots of different activities for everyone and I hope in the future to be more involved. For now I'm happy that there is somewhere local to go and be creative.

The cold winter months have meant that the garden hasn't been getting as much attention as we move closer to spring all that will change as we prepare for the growing season. Far from being separate to my studio activities, The garden is a source of inspiration and seeing how things grow in the natural world reminds me of elements of the creative process everything happens in its own time and you must first plant seeds, before you can reap the fruits. Watch this space for further developments and I look forward to sharing more produce with you as the year unfolds.

groomingtails web site make over

posted Dec 14, 2015, 6:52 AM by Matt Catt   [ updated Dec 14, 2015, 7:37 AM ]

www.groomingtails.org.uk

I have recently updated the website for a local business.

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

Des Kay and the Save the World Club

posted Nov 16, 2015, 6:02 AM by Matt Catt   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 2:17 AM ]

i've edited a short film i started in 2008
following Des Kay around the Monkey House scrap store and studio.



full story is here

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