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DJ and Producer and all round ‘international legend’ Slipmatt is most definitely the ‘Godfather of Rave’.
Picking up and playing his first record at just eighteen months old, it was pretty much decided upon there and then that it was obvious that bringing new music to the masses on a regular basis was going to be his chosen profession moving forward. By the age of 4, he had purchased his first record and by 10 he had played his first gig at his School Disco. Little did anyone truly realise at this point that for many years to come he was going to be the one educating people at School, well that is of course if you count the ‘Old Skool’, a generation that he and a very close circle of friends would become the pioneers of.
At just north of the tender age of 18, Slipmatt had worked hard to purchase his first set of Technics 1200 turntables and already was a fully fledged, beat matching, crowd rocking DJ, playing to fully stacked parties and events before he had so much as considered his still so far away twenties. This would be a feat achieved with close friend and musical colleague, DJ Lime with whom Slipmatt would create an outlet for their musical exploits together in the setting up of pirate radio station Raw FM. That would not be their primary achievement though, as in late 1989 the two would form to create the now legendary production duo SL2, alongside MC Jay that would go on to become one of the most incredible acts in underground music history.
Their first record together, ‘Do That Dance’ was signed to B/WARE RECORDS and shot the boys to underground fame whereby either as a double act or apart the lads would quite literally be the talk of every town hosting a major underground party, something that would eventually then take them to a Worldwide status.
As rave was exploding in a majorly successful way, so was Slipmatt, SL2’s release ‘DJs Take Control / Way In My Brain’ would hit number 11 in the National UK Charts propelling the lads into a life changing career state that would see their follow up record ‘On A Ragga Tip’ become one of the most iconic tracks in all of dance music history. Taking a No. 1 chart position in the Network Charts and No. 2 in the UK National Top 40 meant Slipmatt and Lime were to become a focal point for the media spotlight with appearances on Top Of The Tops and Dance Energy becoming career highlights for the wayward team.
At the turn of the millennium however, dance music began to evolve once more, from 2006 to 2009 Slipmatt compiled and mixed a series of chart smashing CD album compilations with then business partner Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter for the UK’s most famous club and record label, Ministry Of Sound. In 2010, he up kept his now uncanny knack for showing up on the box by appearing in a cameo in Worldwide drum & bass royalty Chase & Status’ best selling ‘Blind Faith’ video and then in 2011 featured in a comedy sketch with famed British Comedian David Mitchell in which the pair ‘reviewed the Rave Scene’ for Charlie Brooker’s ‘How TV Ruined Your Life’. The program aired on BBC 2 to an audience in the millions.
It is because of all of this hard work and dedication, that Slipmatt has done and repeatedly continues to play across the globe in the USA, Australia, Europe, every corner of his native UK.