Former chef turned techno titan Gavin Lynch, a.k.a. Matador, recalls DJing a gig in his hometown when Richie Hawtin appeared behind him in the booth and his talents attracted the attention of the legendary artist. “I was like, ‘holy shit!’,” Lynch says he uttered to his friend next to him at the time.
Matador soon after earned a cosign from Hawtin and became an ambassador for his MODEL 1 mixer, as well as playing alongside each other at multiple events including Richie’s passion project turned global phenomenon, ENTER. Sake.
Always armed with an artillery of hypnotic soul-dwelling jams, including those found on his recent five-track Ramaha EP, the RUKUS headsman is primed to take his label’s showcase to Miami Music week later this week and chatted with Billboard Dance ahead of its Magic City debut where he discussed his musical roots, new moody tunes and his definition of a “live” DJ.
What was the climate in Ireland like for you growing up? What music were you raised with?
We were exposed to pretty much every genre of music going as kids and teenagers from both the US and the UK, as well as our own wealth of national talent. Our house was a big Motown one, and as I grew up I listened to more and more bands and then DJ’s. Ireland has always been a melting pot for artistic creativity and that’s definitely been a positive influence on my music.
You’ll be bringing your RUKUS party to MMW this week. What can party-goers expect?
The U.S., and Miami in particular, are places I truly love playing, and Miami Music Week has been a key fixture in my touring schedule for many years. I’ve played lots of other parties, and after the fun we had with label showcases last year, I thought, “Why not bring the RUKUS vibe here?” I have a great relationship with the folks at [the Heart nightclub], love the venue — so it was a no brainer for me to host it with them.
Why did you choose Felix Da Housecat, Eats Everything and Patrice for the upcoming MMW showcase?
I listened to and played a lot of Felix’s music when I started DJing, and had the incredible pleasure of working with him on “The Enemy.” Myself and Eats have been working on remixes for each others labels over the last few months and we’ve played together a couple of times too — great laughs! Patrice delivered one of my favourite Essential Mixes last year, and is on fire with his productions.
Your music is very dark and ominous – how much of your music is a reflection of your personality?
It can be. Though I don’t really see it as dark, maybe more moody at times! You definitely have to be in the right frame of mind for writing — whether or not that’s hinged on personality is another thing. I’m working on music at the moment that’s directionally more melody-driven, ready for summer vibes. That’s how I’m feeling at the moment.
Talk about the inspiration and concept behind the Ramaha EP…
I was delving back into some of the darker techno that I had started out producing, and had picked up a couple of old Roland synths that I wanted to use. So they were the source of inspiration for many of the tracks on the EP.
How do you define a “live” DJ?
An individual that plays solely his/her own productions — be it original music or remixes — and [who usually performs] using laptops, midi controllers, drum machines and keyboards.
Matador’s RUKUS Miami showcase will be held at Heart nightclub in downtown Miami (next door to Space) on Friday, March 23. Full event info is below. You can purchase tickets here.
Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
Location: Heart Miami
Address: 50 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132
Lineup: Matador, Eats Everything, Felix Da Housecat, Patrice Baumel, and more TBA