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AFTERSHOCKS - THE REMIX ALBUM - IS RELEASED 

AFTERSHOCKS - The Remix Album - has hit the music stores!! 17 tracks in total, with mixes from the likes of Darius Korn, Steve 'Disco' Newsome, Mono Life, Darren L., Phil Urry, dVolution and brand new mixes by Epicentre. Many thanks to all of the original artists and producers involved.

It's now live in all the major music stores. Check out more details on the AFTERSHOCKS album page and links to buy on the EPICENTRE MUSIC STORE.

NEW SEISMIC WAVES EP ANNOUNCED 

Music music music. As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of all things Epicentre and hot on the heels of brand new a brand new Epicentre EP, remix album and several mixsets, I've been working with DJ Alirumba on a brand new Seismic Waves EP. Watch this space for more details, but for now, you can listen and buy the debut EP to wet your appetite. 
 

20/20 on 07/07 - RETROSPECTIVE MIXSET TO BE BROADCAST ON SUMMERTIME RADIO 

It's been 20 years in the making. Back in 1995 I started throwing music together on my Commodore Amiga, with an 8 bit sound sampler, 4 channels of sound and a MIDI enabled keyboard. Hard to think how elitist making music was back then, and how that all really did seem cutting edge.

My first demo was called 'Earthquake in Eden' and I needed a name. 'Epicentre' was an almost instant choice and has stuck with my music ever since. 20 years...

If you'd have told me I would have had the opportunities to enhance my studio, learn and relearn new production skills, make new friends, collaborate with global artists and tell all the tales we have I'd have ran a mile. But here we are.

Tonight, on 7th July, the 20/20 MIX will be broadcast on the Mark Biggus Radio Show, which kicks off over on www.summertimeradio.com from 9pm.  You can listen live on your mobile, tablet or phone using their listen live music player.

There are lots of nostalgic tips of the hat to tracks right back at the beginning, some new bootlegs and material right up to the present day. Have a listen and raise a hand and a glass to passing time, passing beats and the continued pulse forwards.

We continue, much love...
Matt x

HULL 10K RUN RAISES OVER £500 FOR LOCAL CHARITY 

Very pleased to report that June's Jane Tomlinson Hull 10k Run For All has raised over £500.00 for Hull based charity Inspire Communities. More news about the charity and the run can be found HERE.

EPICENTRE VS BILLY 1DOL - WHITE SPIDER MONKEY WEDDING 

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something electric blue...

GETTING READY FOR 20/20 

Pretty much a similar vibe to just before the Epicentre album Supernova was released at the end of 2012. There's quite a big stockpile of completed tracks, remixes and bootlegs now ready for the anniversary year to properly kick off. 2015 marks exactly 20 years of Epicentre productions, right back from mixtapes and studio demos through to all things Supernova and beyond. It's also the year Matt turns 40, so definitely more slipmat than slippers on the agenda!

Please stay tuned over the next month for some of this lot!

WELCOME TO 2K15 

Well here it is, 12 months of my favourite songs, remixes and the odd relevant film sample, thrown in the blender with a few exclusives lined up for next year. A few Hull heroes such as Carl Shawn, Mono Life, and End of Level Baddie thrown in the mix too. Ding dong... . Download / stream right here - just click it!!


In other news, so many new projects are coming in the next 12 months. Drumroll....

I'm 40 this year (I know). However, much more of a big deal for me is that it marks exactly 20 years of Epicentre tracks, remixes, mixsets and many projects. Also 20 years being a alternative / progressive / house / trance geek and avid music collector. Listening and dancing. It feels like 20 years either side of life like a reflective mirror. Timing is everything. I couldn't just let that pass by without doing something, so this is what the next year will bring. Check this lot out...



Much more about all these in the coming months. Tick tick boom....

EPICENTRE REMIXES BT & CHRISTIAN BURNS - PLEASE VOTE!! 

We've gone full circle, people. I still have BT's IMA album vinyl which started it all. Decades of producing tracks, an album, collaborations and continually evolving music has brought me here. To have a chance of remixing the man himself is pretty much a win/win, regardless of the competition itself. So with a lot of TLC, here is Epicentre's Static Shock Mix of BT & Christian Burn's new track Paralyzed. Just listen, feel the love and if you feel like reciprocating, cast your vote for the track in the competition. "Be the change you want to see..."

FIRST NEW ALBUM TRACK PREVIEW 

After a hiatus, I'm pleased to share with you the first track from the forthcoming album. VERTICAL DROP is available to listen and download on the Soundcloud below for a short time only, so grab it while you can!!

The full album, AFTERSHOCKS, will be released next year and will feature brand new material, as well as rare and remix tracks from the Epicentre back catalogue. Stay tuned...

 

HULL 10K DONE - THANK YOU! 

A grand total of £200.01 was raised this year for the charity Inspire Communities, which with other funding has secured the purchase of the new training facilities at their new home in Hull's city centre. A big thank you from me and everyone involved with their fundraising! I will post an update with photos when I have them :-)

MONO LIFE COLLABORATION BROADCAST ON BBC INTRODUCING 


Fellow East Yorkshire producer Mono Life is not only busy in the studio and on the road, but has stablished himself on the national stage with regular plays on BBC radio. He even has his own artist page on the BBC website.

My remix of The Mono Sound got its first play on my 2k13 end of year mixset and was well received when it was uploaded onto Mono Life's Soundcloud, which you can hear below.
On this week's BBC Introducing, Alan Raw played the song (19:45 in), so it's good to hear it getting some good exposure. This isn't the end of the Mono Life story, and a further collaboration is already underway for the forthcoming Epicentre album Aftershocks. More news nearer the release date.

Love that skull :-)

NEW EPICENTRE ALBUM ANNOUNCED 

The latest Epicentre project to follow on from last year's Supernova album has been announced. AFTERSHOCKS will include more collaborations and original content and is set for an early 2014 release.

The full line up will be revealed in the next month, but some great artists and producers are involved. More info can be found on its new page, which will be updated as we get nearer to its release.


EPICENTRE LIVE SET AND PODCAST FOR LET'S GET DIGITAL 

Matt played a live set at Let's Get Digital, Hull's only dedicated trance event, held on the August Bank Holiday weekend. A special Epicentre guest podcast was also put together for LDG, with all of the live sets from each DJ  on the night also being released to download too. A few exclusive remixes got their first plays at the event, and you can hear the full mixset here.
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