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Matt Mau discovered his love of music as a kid, and has since kept himself surrounded with music. He began DJing after experimenting with his brother’s 70’s funk and Soul records. By the late 80’s Matt was prowling the local parties in San Francisco from warehouses to Nightclubs. Unknowingly, Matt would later travel to every notable venue across the globe, performing alongside some of the top producers in House Music.
While most of his friends jumped on the Rave Revolution in the early 90’s, Matt found himself immersed in a different type of music scene that showcased soulful pioneers like Frankie Knuckles, Tony Humphries, David Morales, Masters at Work, Todd Terry, and the innovative duo Robert Chiviles and David Cole, it was this scene that inspired Matts music career.
Matt owned a number of successful record stores in Seattle and California’s Silicon Valley, which kept him up-to-date with new trends in the underground music industry. With this knowledge Matt developed strong instincts in who and what was going to be hot.
Due to the lack of inspiring talent being showcased locally, Matt took the initiative to create his own events featuring top notch talent in the likes of Brian Tappert, Boris Dlugosch, Eddie Amador, Jay Sinister, Mark Farina, Naked Music’s Miguel Migs, and Mauricio Aviles, Jask, Julius Papp, Kathy Brown, Jay J, local hero’s Dubtribe, and the list goes on.
By 1999 Matt had mastered the retail side of this Industry. Upon selling the last record store, he invested into his own studio. With determination, months of late night sessions and a stiff learning curve, Matt first official track was impressive enough to be picked up by Tommy Boy Silver for Victor Calderone’s E=VC2 Mix compilation. Next he acquired an address for Sandy Rivera aka Kings of Tomorrow and sent off a demo package. Sandy was mesmerized by the potential and they decided to work together. The moment they met, they discovered a professional and artistic fit. Matt needed help with production while Sandy needed help marketing and running his label, Deep Vision. Matts mastery of artistic design, marketing, business and his ear for music presented a perfect opportunity for partnership. They hit it off, and the rest is history.
In no time Matt and Sandy formed a steadfast partnership. Matt became Sandy’s point person for everything ranging from production decisions, artist signing, to collaborations while still managing to run both record labels. Think Deep Vision, Aurei, Sandy Rivera, or Kings of Tomorrow, and Matt Mau comes to mind. Within just 3 Years of working together Matt contributed to numerous Club Anthem’s, and delivered Three vocalists; Leedia and Nina Lares who are featured on Rivera’s new Album “Changes”, and a powerful, soulful vocalist, D’layna, who proved to be an incredible find. Her tracks “You’ve Been on My Mind” and “Don’t Stop (The Remake)” were released through Defected UK, and reaped major acclaim from day one.
Since the recent depart from Sandy Rivera, Matt is juggling a host of new projects, producing more of his own work in the studio, while keeping most of the Former Deep Vision crew busy. Matt’s new partnership with old friend Eric lee (Journees Music), has created two new labels, FIERCE and WHITE LABEL GROUP. Already in the line-up are releases that include artists Jamie Lewis, Eddie Amador, Groove Junkies, J Groove and House Music’s distinctive voice Roland Clark.
There is still much more to come from Matt Mau. With recent collaborations like Sandy Rivera’s “I Can’t Stop”, Michael Watford “For You” and Jamie Lewis’s “The Light”, that hit in 2003, you can expect to hear more of his business savvy in 2004, guiding House Music Legends Lenny Fontana, Mateo and Matos, Roland Clark, Groove Junkies, George Morel and Jamie Lewis.