Matt Barker first started cutting up tracks and mixes from the age of six, chopping up segments of music, stuttering and looping what could loosely be called 'samples' using nothing more than a couple of conventional tape decks and a Casio keyboard Santa left for him. In his teens, he pugged his keyboard into a home computer, bought a proper sampler and started started experimenting with sequencers. DJing became a passion, so he bought some turntables, taught himself to mix in key and got himself a residency.

Labels such as Perfecto, Stress and Deconstruction were regular fixtures in Matt's playlists  The artists Way Out West, Bedrock, and Paul Oakenfold, blending breaks, trance and house elements with traditional arrangments, greatly inspired Matt. In the late 90s, he recorded a track called 'Earthquake in Eden'. He needed a suitable psuedonym to use, so chose Epicentre. The rest is history.

Initially focused on original material, the Epicentre moniker developed his unique style of merging progressive house, trance, breakbeat and accoustic sounds, which has seen him produce tracks in a wide range of genres. Collaborations include producers such as Mono Life, Definite Grooves, Carl Shawn, Phil Urry, Steve 'Disco' Newsome and Martin Finnigan of The Rainband.
 
Epicentre is also one half of the production team Seismic Waves with DJ Ali Rumba. Their work includes remixing artists such as Carlos Shawn plus classics such as 'Das Glockenspiel' by Schiller and 'Papua New Guinea' by The Future Sound of London.
 
The last decade has seen a renaissance in Epicentre productions.  He has garnered interest from as far away as Asia and North America, moved into film-making and is an avid digital artist. Blending his own podcasts with VJ Visuals, the EPICASTS have evolved club mixes with visual soundscapes into a unique niche artform of their own.  

Notable Epicentre remixes, bootlegs and collaborations include an ecclectic range of artists such as Sunscreem, Michael Jackson, Paul Oakenfold, Leftfield, Everything But The Girl, Mono Life, BT, Kat Sax, New Order, ABBA, Imogen Heap, Quivver, The Rainband, and Bizarre Inc vocalist Angie Brown.

Several albums have been released. SUPERNOVA was released at the end of 2012, with collaborations from Californian pop group Lovespirals, vocalists Angie Brown, Martin Finnigan, Julie E. Gordon and MC Ricko, Taipei producer Viba and Defender's guitarist Danny Malone. AFTERSHOCKS - a remix album of new an unreleased material by several producers such as Darren L, dVolution and Mono Life - was released in 2015. A third album, STARGAZER, was released in 2016. Matt produced and scored the full soundtrack to the movie LIONS, which charted his experiences watching England football team at Euro 2020. Tracks from these releases have received airplay on BBC radio, as well as internationally on several US radio stations and podcasts.
 
Over the last couple of years Matt has DJed at events for Curiosity, Evolve and Preach, held at the Old School House and associated bars and clubs in Hull. In between these, the  EPICASTS  have grown from strength to strength, recently moving onto YouTube with the channel growing on a dialy basis. 
 
In 2022, several more releases are planned and the Epicentre sound continues to evolve to this day.

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