Currently a bastion for the UK’s electronic music scene, Leeds has had a notable production line of artists who have gone on to do great things in the scene, particularly within house and techno. Matt Fear continues in this fine tradition, purveying a bass-heavy interpretation of the slower nu-disco/house sound that has found popularity within Europe’s dancefloors of late.
In terms of his sound, Matt Fear is a loyal slave to bass. Clattering stabs of low-end punctuate all of his productions, a distinctly British feature in an otherwise continental sound. Over time, his tunes have increased in tempo, and his grasp of melody has elaborated as he has matured as a producer.
His breakthrough tune came in the form of a remix, as he took Lee M Kelsall’s “On The Road” and decorated it with sultry strings and effortless pads. An extended intro mix culminates in a euphoric, jacking breakdown that evokes images of the sun. This was released on Jamie Jones and Lee Foss’ Hot Wave imprint, and set Matt’s stall out as a rising star in the ever-more-popular UK deep house scene.
Matt Fear has found himself as a core member of the fast-rising London record label/artist agency/promotion outfit Kumasi Music, nailing down a residency spot at their sellout UK partiers with long-time production partner Kreature. He contributed two productions to the recent Kumasi VA compilation, “Times” seeing him add an orchestral strings and pianos to his trademark booming bassline, while “Senseless” provided a jacking 4×4 growler with futuristic acid bleeps. Besides his work with the Kumasi family, Matt has seen himself working with a number of the genre’s most respected labels. Highlights have included the undulating tech-house offerings of “Sniper” on New York’s Nurvous Recordings, and the imperious “Groove With It” on Max Chapman’s Resonance Records, which sees Matt at his most gritty and dancefloor-focused.
Matt has already played in Russia, Brazil, Norway, Italy, France and Spain. He has a tour to South America in the pipeline, as well as an extensive touring schedule across the UK, where he has spun in such institutions as Mint Club, Cable and Sankeys. His recent performance at Snowbombing only served to underline his growing popularity, down to nothing more than hard work, graft, and a love of what he does.