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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.

MATT RUNS THE 2013 HULL 10K, OVER £500 RAISED FOR CHARITY 

Sunday May 19th was a different birthday experience for me this year, as instead of opening birthday cards I was joining over 3000 other runners taking part in Hull's annual Jane Tomlinson's Hull 10k Run For All.

Having never ran any long distance before, I clocked up over 150km preparing for it. I chose the support the Yorkshire Kidney Research Fund, a cause close to my heart after my Dad's illness last year. In total, with your help, I manage to raise a grand total of £535.93, which is an astonishing amount and over twice my initial target for donations. Thank you all very much for your generosity :-) x

The donations page can be found here: http://www.justgiving.com/epic3ntre.



In music-related news, several more plays of material from Supernova on BBC Introducing, including Supernova Sun and Make This Go On Forever. Rather chuffed with that. I've also finally finished off my collaboration with rising star Kat Sax. Stay tuned for more info on that very soon....

2013 - THE YEAR OF CHANGE 



'Be The Change' has always been my mantra, but in 2013 this has been taken to a new level.

I am very pleased to announce that I have become a trustee in the local East Yorkshire charity, Inspire Communities, and will be involved in some of their forthcoming projects. I will also be running the 2013 Hull 10k Run for Life raising money for the Yorkshire Kidney Research Fund. I will be releasing more information about this soon, but in the meantime you can find out more about Inspire Communities on their website below:



From a music point of view, several projects have already started to take shape.

A free-to-download Epicentre song, The Road, is a gritty downtempo track which takes its influence from my new found passion for running. Instead of looking at the skies, I'm running on the road these days. Enjoy and distribute as you wish....


I've also had the privilege of working on a couple of remixes for Carl Shawn and Brian Kidd's track 'Everyday Everynight (24/7)', which has been released on London's Kidology label . Bit of a mad one for Hull with several top producers coming out of the city involved n the project.

Links to buy the Seismic Waves remix, which I worked on with Ali Rumba, along with the Phil Urry & Epicentre Remix can be found in the Epicentre Music Store.

Full track preview - Seismic Waves Remix:


Full track preview - Phil Urry & Epicentre Remix:


Also, in late February, I head back into the studio with alto saxophonist KAT SAX for a collaboration on an original track. Stay tuned for more info next month...

SUPERNOVA DRAWS 2012 TO A CLOSE 



It took a monumental effort to produce, but after 6 years in the making the Epicentre album SUPERNOVA was finally released on Bonfire Night, 5th November. As part of the build up to the release, the tracks were previewed via YouTube, Soundcloud and social networks, plus there were first broadcasts of several songs on radio stations. Mark Biggus broadcast the first play of the Phil Urry and Angie Brown collaboration, 'Coming Home', on his Thursday night show on Summer Time Radio. This was followed up by the exclusive first play of the Snow Patrol cover, 'Make This Go On Forever', by Alan Raw on BBC Introducing.




Other suprising interest came from Chicago House legend Sterling Void, who championed the acoustic track 'Symphony of Rain'. The track was a departure from the usual Epicentre sound and included contributions from guitarist Danny Malone and singers Julie E. Gordon and Angie Brown. 'Gravity Down', Julie's collaboration with Rainband lead singer, Martin Finnigan, was also critically praised and was an amazing experience to produce over at BBC Media City in Salford. It is also worth mentioning the great work of Viba, Anjii Bee, Ryan Lum, Steph Kay and Seismic Waves co-pilot DJ Ali Rumba in making the album much more than the original concept all those years ago.

The end of the year was rounded off as some of the artists who worked on Supernova came together to support Martin Finnigan and The Rainband as guests at their homecoming gig at the HMV Ritz in Manchester. They have so far raised over £23,000 for the Marco Simoncelli Foundation through their single 'Rise Again', which charted both in the UK and Italy earlier this year.



2013 has already got some exciting projects completed and looks set ot carry on in the same fashion. Be the change you want to see.

SUPERNOVA VIDEO TRAILER RELEASED 

As we approach the final few weeks of studio time, here is the first trailer to showcase material from Supernova. It also gives the album a nice perspective, from the initial concept back in 2006 to the injection of creative zest from guest artists into the final roster of tracks.

Be the change you want to see...

PRODUCTION ON SUPERNOVA NEARS COMPLETION 

It's been several years in the making, but the Epicentre album is not far away now.. It's been a busy few months for the contributing artists, in addition to their individual projects, so to be this close to the finish line is an amazing achievement for everybody involved. I must take time to congratulate Martin Finnigan and the rest of The Rainband for their amazing achievement of breaking into the official UK charts for their charity single 'Rise Again'. The Rainband have recently supported Simple Minds on tour in Italy and overall it's been a phenomenal year for creativity and music making.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for previews of the album and contributions from the artists involved.

THE RAINBAND RISE AGAIN WITH SIMONCELLI TRIBUTE SINGLE 

2012 continues to see my good friends The Rainband go from strength to strength. On the back of their recent tour promoting material from their new album, the band have been chosen to perform their second single ‘Rise Again’, as a tribute to motorbike legend, Marco Simoncelli, at the British Moto GP.

The band was contacted by the Marco Simoncelli Foundation to write a single to honour the Italian motor racing hero, who died at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix, aged just 24.

Rise Again will be officially released on 18th June and the band filmed the accompanying video in Marco’s hometown of Coriano, Italy.

Martin Finnigan, singer of The Rainband, said:
“Being invited to open the French and Italian motor shows is a big honour for us. We’re performing in aid of the Marco Simoncelli Foundation, whose sole focus is to build a specialist hospital for disabled people in Rimini. All proceeds from our single will go straight to the charity.

“Rise Again is one of our best songs and is a brilliant soundtrack to the Foundation and a fitting tribute to remarkable man.”

The band has invited double world moto GP super bike world champion, James Toseland, to play piano on the track. He knew Marco personally and on hearing the song wanted to perform with The Rainband.

2012 has been a momentous year for the band which has seen them write the title track for Trevor Williams’ short film ‘Plenty More Fish in the Sea’. They have also been named by the O2 event group as ‘Rising Stars’ at the BRITs. Recent support slots include Simple Minds, The Charlatans and Ocean Colour Scene.

You can see the video below, with the opportunity to donate to the charity on the band's website: http://www.therainband.co.uk

U.S. DREAM POP GROUP LOVESPIRALS COLLABORATE ON EPICENTRE ALBUM 



It's been a hectic six weeks of studio time working on Supernova, including some recording sessions in Salford and Leeds with various performers.. We're approaching the final lap now and it's great to be able to confirm California's duo LOVESPIRALS on board to collaborate on a Prog Trance track for the album. Check out the Album page for all the artist details and a summary of the production schedule....

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