For London, and the rest of the UK for that matter, Ministry of Sound is widely considered one of the largest brands in dance music. Established in 1991, Ministry of Sound does just about everything from managing artists, to owning their own club, to running a record label, to even running a travelling tour circuit. The club, with over 25 years of service now, consistently ranks as not only one of London’s best, but one of the best clubs in the world, with their revered tours covering just about every corner of the globe as well.
In 2011, The Ministry of Sound team welcomed a new artist to their roster, a technically sound DJ by the name of Matt May. May grew up in the city of Birmingham, located in the United Kingdom, and was introduced to the enticing sounds of dance music at a very young age, due in large part to the fact that his immediate family was heavily involved in the up-and-coming Birmingham DJ circuit.
‘I used to know some guys who worked at some of the most influential clubs in Birmingham, Crunch and Wobble were so ahead of the times and massive on the house scene so I used to hang out in there’
Some of his earliest influences included the likes of major talents Inner City, Massive Attack, and Ten City, which became apparent in the stylistic touch to his early performances. May began to make a name for himself throughout the London circuit early on as he had began his first residency at the tender age of 18, just after moving to the city, at a club called Utopia. It was at this club that May had learned to pick and read a crowd properly while sharpening his mixing abilities in a live, receptive environment that laid the foundation for his burgeoning career.
After spending years perfecting his craft in clubs such as Utopia, people were taking notice of his precision mixing, and the results began to show. By the mid-2000s, Matt May’s name was spreading and the year 2011 saw the start of his career as a resident DJ with the legendary Ministry of Sound brand. It wasn’t long after that that May had found himself a regular gig playing with the Unusual Suspects crew at Sankeys Ibiza during the summer time, a residency many covet to this day.
‘I was scouted for Ministry and have been a Tours resident for them since 2011, it is absolutely amazing playing all over the U.K. Europe and the world for one of the biggest dance music brands in the world.’
Having conquered many of the major events across Europe, and throughout the rest of the world, the natural next step for Matt May was to pick up producing. Being able to curate an unforgettable evening for people through music was one thing, but to be able to create those sounds from nothing appealed to May, so naturally he picked up the production side of dance music.
‘Having DJ’d for over 20 years and played all over the world, I thought it was the natural next step, and time to challenge myself. So, I did what most people do and got my head down and spent time with friends, and colleagues who produce and it went from there.’
By the turn of 2017, May was hitting full stride on the DJ side of things, while he continues to sharpen his production talents. The gigs have been flowing as of late (he cites Thorpe Park with MoS as one of his favorites) and when he’s got some down time, he likes to search for music while relaxing in addition to hitting the gym.
‘So much good music around at the moment but Camelphat and Claptone are producing some amazing stuff at the moment.’
Most recently, May had found a home for his newest single, a song that had been finished late last year. Despite fielding several offers for the massively energetic track, the well-traveled DJ settled on Marc Vedo’s Koolwaters Recordings for its official release.
Matt makes his Koolwaters debut in stunning fashion with ‘Right Now’, a peak-time Tech Trance behemoth. The track’s rolling groove in entrancing from the first beat while a sampled vocal leads in to an energetic release driven by lush, tribal drum patterns and a stern melody. The track sees its release today via Koolwaters and should have no troubles making its way in to sets across the globe in the coming months.
Headed in to the summer, May is gearing up for another round of shows with Ministry of Sound as well as with the Unusual Suspects guys. Not only that, but several major gigs are already lined up and Matt is hard at work in the studio, but you’ll have to check his social pages below to stay up to date with this summer’s happenings. Check out ‘Right Now’ below and let us know your thoughts on the record.