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WE ARE CURIOSITY 

It's been an absolute honour to be asked to make a couple of guest appearances for the Curiosity events here in Hull over the last month. The Curiosity Residents Night took place at Bongo Bongo's in Hull at the end of May, with residents Phil Urry, Bobby Phee, Shaun Rouse, Lewis Hawkes and Justin Lee Lammas all performing sets. I was lucky enough to join them, playing for an hour from midnight. Always a great crowd and never fails to get the goosebumps going! 

 

A few weeks later, I also had a guest slot on the new Curiosity Radio Show, broadcasting a live mix for a couple of hours - the second half was a rerun of my live set from Bongo's. You can watch and listen to this set over in the EPICASTS page.

 

If you've never been to Curiosity before, you can get a bit more of an idea from this compilation video I put together from previous events. Daytime warmup to start with, then on with the party later on!

Really looking forward to their 17 hour event, kicking off on the afternoon of 29th July, with masses of local talent and legendary DJs like Danny Rampling, Graeme Park, Jeremy Healy and Jon DaSilva performing!

Tickets are close to a sell out, so please contact Mark White via Facebook, or find out more at: http://www.curiosity-hull.uk

WELCOME TO THE EPICAST  



To conincide with the revamp of the studio setup, 2017 sees the beginning of a series of Epicentre podcasts, with video broadcasts on Facebook Live, uploaded to Mixcloud and available for download! EPICAST #1 and all future mixes in this series can be found in its own dedicated page on the website:

www.epicentric.co.uk/epicasts

WELCOME TO 2K17 

Brining in the New Year in customary fashion, with my end of year mix!!

Rammed with tracks from the likes of Mark Knight, Joey Negro, Kolsch, BT, Hybrid, Oliver Smith, Eric Prydz, Sunscreem and many more. Scattered across the mix is original Epicentre content, including tracks from this year’s album Stargazer, plus subtle tributes to the likes of Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder, Carrie Fisher, nods to those epic Curiosity events, as well as celebrating Hull as the UK City of Culture for 2017.

We continue...


LISTEN HERE:

http://www.house-mixes.com/profile/Epicentre/play/epicentre---the-2k17-mix 

https://m.mixcloud.com/epicentre/epicentre-the-2k17-mix/ 

http://markbiggus.no-ip.biz:8080/web/podcasts/biggusradioshow/ 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/biggus-radio-show-house-music/id1053529171?mt=2

NEW EPICENTRE ALBUM 'STARGAZER' RELEASED 

Stargazer - the third Epicentre album - was released on Tuesday 16th August 2016. Links to listen to tracks and downloads can be found HERE.

AFTERSHOCKS - THE REMIX ALBUM - IS RELEASED 

AFTERSHOCKS - The Remix Album - has hit the music stores!! 17 tracks in total, with mixes from the likes of Darius Korn, Steve 'Disco' Newsome, Mono Life, Darren L., Phil Urry, dVolution and brand new mixes by Epicentre. Many thanks to all of the original artists and producers involved.

It's now live in all the major music stores. Check out more details on the AFTERSHOCKS album page and links to buy on the EPICENTRE MUSIC STORE.

NEW SEISMIC WAVES EP ANNOUNCED 

Music music music. As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of all things Epicentre and hot on the heels of brand new a brand new Epicentre EP, remix album and several mixsets, I've been working with DJ Alirumba on a brand new Seismic Waves EP. Watch this space for more details, but for now, you can listen and buy the debut EP to wet your appetite. 
 

20/20 on 07/07 - RETROSPECTIVE MIXSET TO BE BROADCAST ON SUMMERTIME RADIO 

It's been 20 years in the making. Back in 1995 I started throwing music together on my Commodore Amiga, with an 8 bit sound sampler, 4 channels of sound and a MIDI enabled keyboard. Hard to think how elitist making music was back then, and how that all really did seem cutting edge.

My first demo was called 'Earthquake in Eden' and I needed a name. 'Epicentre' was an almost instant choice and has stuck with my music ever since. 20 years...

If you'd have told me I would have had the opportunities to enhance my studio, learn and relearn new production skills, make new friends, collaborate with global artists and tell all the tales we have I'd have ran a mile. But here we are.

Tonight, on 7th July, the 20/20 MIX will be broadcast on the Mark Biggus Radio Show, which kicks off over on www.summertimeradio.com from 9pm.  You can listen live on your mobile, tablet or phone using their listen live music player.

There are lots of nostalgic tips of the hat to tracks right back at the beginning, some new bootlegs and material right up to the present day. Have a listen and raise a hand and a glass to passing time, passing beats and the continued pulse forwards.

We continue, much love...
Matt x

HULL 10K RUN RAISES OVER £500 FOR LOCAL CHARITY 

Very pleased to report that June's Jane Tomlinson Hull 10k Run For All has raised over £500.00 for Hull based charity Inspire Communities. More news about the charity and the run can be found HERE.

EPICENTRE VS BILLY 1DOL - WHITE SPIDER MONKEY WEDDING 

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something electric blue...

GETTING READY FOR 20/20 

Pretty much a similar vibe to just before the Epicentre album Supernova was released at the end of 2012. There's quite a big stockpile of completed tracks, remixes and bootlegs now ready for the anniversary year to properly kick off. 2015 marks exactly 20 years of Epicentre productions, right back from mixtapes and studio demos through to all things Supernova and beyond. It's also the year Matt turns 40, so definitely more slipmat than slippers on the agenda!

Please stay tuned over the next month for some of this lot!

WELCOME TO 2K15 

Well here it is, 12 months of my favourite songs, remixes and the odd relevant film sample, thrown in the blender with a few exclusives lined up for next year. A few Hull heroes such as Carl Shawn, Mono Life, and End of Level Baddie thrown in the mix too. Ding dong... . Download / stream right here - just click it!!


In other news, so many new projects are coming in the next 12 months. Drumroll....

I'm 40 this year (I know). However, much more of a big deal for me is that it marks exactly 20 years of Epicentre tracks, remixes, mixsets and many projects. Also 20 years being a alternative / progressive / house / trance geek and avid music collector. Listening and dancing. It feels like 20 years either side of life like a reflective mirror. Timing is everything. I couldn't just let that pass by without doing something, so this is what the next year will bring. Check this lot out...



Much more about all these in the coming months. Tick tick boom....

EPICENTRE REMIXES BT & CHRISTIAN BURNS - PLEASE VOTE!! 

We've gone full circle, people. I still have BT's IMA album vinyl which started it all. Decades of producing tracks, an album, collaborations and continually evolving music has brought me here. To have a chance of remixing the man himself is pretty much a win/win, regardless of the competition itself. So with a lot of TLC, here is Epicentre's Static Shock Mix of BT & Christian Burn's new track Paralyzed. Just listen, feel the love and if you feel like reciprocating, cast your vote for the track in the competition. "Be the change you want to see..."

FIRST NEW ALBUM TRACK PREVIEW 

After a hiatus, I'm pleased to share with you the first track from the forthcoming album. VERTICAL DROP is available to listen and download on the Soundcloud below for a short time only, so grab it while you can!!

The full album, AFTERSHOCKS, will be released next year and will feature brand new material, as well as rare and remix tracks from the Epicentre back catalogue. Stay tuned...

 

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 :-)