Mat Mckenzie / DJ
Electronic Music Influences
The Electronic Spark for him was hearing Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre and Kraftwerk in the late 70s. Add to that the Moroder produced Sparks – No.1 Song in Heaven and you have the foundation for what was to be a lifelong obsession with Sequencer driven and often Dancefloor friendly Electronica
He still feels so privileged to have had his musical upbringing in the 80s. So much innovation – too much to detail here – but the 80s is Mat’s Musical Happy place
Mat Mckenzie 80s; Synthpop, Soul Funk, Electro (Street Sounds – Crucial Electro Album in particular), Chicago House, Detroit Techno, Instrumental Synth Music; Early Ambient pioneers like Steve Roach and inspired by John Peel, Industrial and Minimal bands like hard CORPS, Cabaret Voltaire, Chris & Cosey and Severed Heads. Seeing Tangerine Dream live for the first time in 1986 was a game changer for him.
Early 90s He was heavily into the German Techno Scene, spearheaded by TALLA2XLC’s Music Research GmbH labels & BOY Records releases. Similalry the Belgian Techno scene, in the shape of the Reactivate Album Series
Both were very different to the UK Synth scene and the “Electronic Music Makers Association” (EMMA) which Mat joined around the same time. 90s House and Club Culture was great; Seeing Kraftwerk at Tribal Gathering and shaking hands with Ralf was a particular high point! 90s Ambient; Global Communication, Aphex Twin, The ORB, KLF and many others
Electronic Music Collector
His collection is a life’s work! Initially Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Kraftwerk, Yello, Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis – which comprise his rarest items, but expanded over the almost 40 years to cover many thousands of Electronic Music items in a host of genres on Tapes, Vinyl, CD’s and even Autobahn on 8 Track! Noticing there was a lack of Electronic Music releases covered in the UK Record Collector Rare Record Guide, Mat got in touch and contributed information on Electronic music releases (including Tangerine Dream) which subsequently got published in the 1995 Edition.
Electronic Music Reviewer
Around 2008 Mat became a Freelance writer for the Electronic Music and Sci-Fi website Planet Origo which was linked to the Norwegian label Origosound. Album reviews consisted of mainly Ambient, Synth Artists like Biosphere and Erik Wøllo, plus occasional Gig reviews
Electronic Music Maker
Mat’s Studio has come a long way from the early days with a handful of basic Synths, Keyboards, Cheap guitar Pedals and a Tascam 4-Track Portastudio. He wouldn’t say he owns anything exotic or expensive even now, but Mat has a decent collection of Analogue and Digital Hardware Synths and Drum Machines, and a collection of Software Synths He’s pretty happy with; all running on Cubase
Mat Mckenzie is very proud to have played a small part on Rusty Egan‘s new Album “Welcome to the Dancefloor“, as he contributed some of the Synth lines on the track “Love is Coming my way” feat. Erik Stein from Cult With No Name.
Another dream that came true was his Pleasure Lane (Mat Mckenzie Mix) winning 3rd place in Wolfgang Flür (Ex-Kraftwerk)’s Remix competition. Kraftwerk has been in Mat’s life for decades and to get praise from Wolfgang and to thank him in person was about as good as it gets
Jonteknik – Akihabara (feat. Mooly) (Hypnotica’s Düsseldorf to Berlin Mix)
Jean-Michel Jarre Little Boots – If (Mat Mckenzie Mix)
Gus Gus – Airwaves (Hypnotica’s Glacier lagoon Mix)
Robert Parker – 85 AGAIN (Hypnotica Remix)
Wolfgang Flür – Mosquito (Hypnotica Remix)
Olafur Arnalds – Only the winds – (Mat Mckenzie Rework)
And now every 2 Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., Mat presents his show on Artefaktor Radio: HYPNOTICA ELECTRONICA.