Matador

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Biography

  • Producer/Engineer/DJ (RUKUS, Minus, Plus 8)
    As DJ Awards’ 2016 Electronic Live Performer, Matador is a revolutionary live artist with a shining reputation for versatility, whilst never compromising on quality. Accolades have been showered on the Dublin-born producer, from proud ambassador of the NEVE 5088 Console, and Richie Hawtin’s PLAYDifferently MODEL1 mixer, his tenure as an ENTER resident at their worldwide events, to his consistent spot in RA’s Live Artist poll, bringing him rapid worldwide acclaim and a devoted worldwide fan base of clubbers and peers alike. Still thirsty for new worlds to conquer, Matador, aka Gavin Lynch, recently took on a new role as label boss for his RUKUS imprint. Matador’s breath-taking explosive live shows result in packed crowds and an equally packed touring schedule including key bookings at top clubs and festivals such as Awakenings, Tomorrowland, Sonus Croatia, Ultra, and Output, DC-10, Space Ibiza, Stereo Montreal. Playing to ecstatic thousands at sold out shows worldwide is a far cry from his early years. Raised on Motown, Matador then grew up with Guns N Roses, Pink Floyd, Orbital, Kasabian… As a teenager inspired by electronic giants Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer and Jeff Mills, he listened faithfully to the Essential Mix, collecting records and learning to DJ on any pieces of equipment he could afford. His drive to learn more led him to a sound engineering course at Dublin’s Sound Training Centre, with an emphasis on electronic music production, and an obsession was born. ‘Whilst electronic production is my first love, it has been incredibly important to have knowledge of instruments in their purest form both in a studio and in a live environment.’ Along with early interest from Cocoon and Perc Trax, an encounter with Richie Hawtin boosted him from aspiring DJ on the Dublin underground club circuit to a key component of Hawtin’s Minus imprint. His success was assured by his string of successful releases there such as ‘Kingswing’ and his ‘Spooks’ EP, and by his innovative, ever-evolving live shows. His relationship with Hawtin continues to be a fruitful one, having been enlisted as an ambassador for his PLAYDifferently Model 1 analog DJ mixer in 2016. Last year also saw Matador founding his RUKUS label. ‘I’ve always loved the idea of taking my tracks from conception in the studio all the way through to release,’ he says. Initially creating an outlet for his own music, this year he invites exciting new and established talent to the imprint, as he extends his range as label boss. In 2016 he unveiled his newest live show at Loveland (ADE 2016), and he promises to add more new elements into an already complex and acclaimed performance in 2017. Unusually multi-talented outside music, Matador’s many interests and skills have fed back into his DJ career. His early twenties were spent training as a chef to the point of a promising career in Dublin’s Michelin starred restaurants. Following his Dad’s advice of ‘find something you love doing and you’ll never work a day in your life’, he split his time between the kitchen and the decks, before cooking became a much loved hobby and music his life’s work.
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    Selected discography

    Discog. Matador - Skywalk Ep + Timmy Stewart Mix - Aciitone - 2007 Matador - Dancing In The Sun Ep + Perc Remixes - Aciitone - 2008 Sourcecode - McKenna - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2008 Matador - Red Ep - Acid Milk Recordings - 2008 Marco Bernardi - Plastik Spanner - Matador Remix - Nice & Nasty - 2008 Indo Phunqe - Beta Bug - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2008 Matador - Satires Ep + Luetzenkirchen Remixes - Aciitone - 2008 Djamel - Quit Debugging - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2008 Bcr Boys - Stolperfalle - Matador Remix - Perc Trax - 2008 Bubba & T-Bone - Friendly Fire - Matador Remix - Mode Music - 2008 Matador - Trakeda - Trip - Pukku - Aciitone - 2008 Matador - Models - Moovment - 2008 Gennaro Mastrantonio - Night In The Jungle - Matador Remix - Perc Trax - 2008 Matador - Velvet Revolver - Mode Music - 2009 Sunshine & Moree - Look Expensive - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2009 Matador - Rumode Ep - Perc Trax - 2009 Julien Piacentino - Oxide - Matador Remixes - Sleaze - 2009 Perc - Work Softer - Matador Remix - Perc Trax - 2009 Presslaboys - Opako - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2009 Matador - Dirty Money - Sleaze - 2009 Matador - Bliss Ep - Perc Trax - 2009 Matador - Scaramanga + BTJ Remix - We Are Genius - 2010 Kid Handsome - Africans - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2010 Billy Johnston & Gennaro Mastrantonio - Space - Matador Remix - Sleaze - 2010 Phil Kieran - Dirt - Matador Remix - Cocoon Recordings - 2010 Ryan Davis - Heron - Matador Remix - Manual Music - 2010 Matador - Pigs In Blankets Ep - Perc Trax - 2010 Matador - Hustler Ep - Sleaze - 2010 Matador - Push Ep - Harthouse - 2010 Hans Bouffmyhre - Mistake Me - Matador Remix - Perc Trax - 2010 Matador - Silhouettes - 1605 Matador - Flux Ep - Phobiq -2011 Matador - Baask Ep - Rekluse - 2011 Matador - Handbagass Ep - Trapez - 2011 Bryan Zentz - D-Clash - Matador Remix - Plus 8 - 2011 Matador - Kingswing Ep - Minus - 2011