As electronic music continues to turn into a life of its own in the U.S., DJ’s around the world are going to have to start to step up their appearances in the club. While some show up to their club gigs and simply stand behind their laptop, others go the “concert” route, really giving the audience a reason to come out and catch the “show.” DJ Matt B is one of these DJs, delivering a performance that’s worthy of immense praise each time he steps behind a deck. We recently caught up with the DJ at Club Sixx, where he prefers to play in the Michigan.
Matt Bowman officially known as DJMattB is from Wyoming, MI but currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI. Music is one of his hobbies or should we say more like a passion. DJMattB just moved into a new house, so apparently, home repair and landscaping have become a couple new hobbies. He also enjoys cars as well. He has done the whole swap an engine, turbo this, NOS on that, suspension, rims, audio, you name it, one or all of his cars have had it replaced and upgraded.
MIEVENINGOUT: So DJMATTB whats your Music/Mix Of Choice?
DJMATTB: My music of choice? Wow, that’s a hard question. I’ve been involved with so many different genres of music in my life, it’s hard to narrow it down to one. I think my musical choices are reflective of my mood, the weather, what the current season we are in, etc. I definitely choose music based on those attributes. Currently, with my new house with an awesome patio and pool – with outside speakers, I listen to a lot of trance. There’s just something about the way Trance sounds while sitting in the sun by some water and drinking a cold, cold, super cold beverage.
MIEVENINGOUT: Give us alitte history on you and how you started djing, why do you love it and what type of information would you give to someone just starting?
DJMATTB: Man, that kind of limits me. One restaurant? I don’t think I can pick just one. I hate the “shit on the wall” corporate restaurants that specialize in an “everything” menu. “You want Chinese, pizza, Italian, Mexican, American, Indian, Home Cooked food? We have that on our 42 page menu!” No thanks.If I were to pick one breakfast joint to bring with me, it would be Sundance Grill, downtown Grand Rapids. I love their Morningstar Scramble with the Sundance Spuds. Amazing. They also have the largest Cinnamon rolls I’ve ever seen.
If it were a lunch place, it would have to be Cherry Street Deli. Awesomely huge sandwiches, great soups, chips, sodas, etc! You can’t beat this place for lunch.
Dinner. I’m going to go with Beltline Bar in Wyoming, MI. I absolutely love Mexican food and although not authentic, I love it. The famous wet burrito is to die for. The Mexican style tacos are awesome. Hot salsa for my chips? Yep! Beltline Bar also has a pretty decent beer list, which we all know makes me happy.
I have quite a few other places I love to frequent as well, Monkey Bar at The BOB has awesome Asian small plates, The Winchester on Wealthy, The Green Well, and even Rockwell’s/Republic for some patio cocktails and snacks. Oh, I forgot Sushi! I love Marado Sushi downtown Grand Rapids. It’s your fault, you got me talking about food!
MIEVENINGOUT: We’re sure you’ve seen the rise and fall of many trends in the club. What aspect in club culture do you think has changed the most since the start of your career?
DJMATTB: The people. They’ve changed the most. Over the last 6 years, the crowd has become totally different. I know people grow up, start families and have career paths chosen that don’t allow as much clubbing as before, but even the attitude and acceptance of different music is totally different. There seems to be quite a bit more open minded people around now. I feel I am able to flex my musical muscle a little more now than when I first started DJing in a club atmosphere.
MIEVENINGOUT: You’ve played some of the biggest clubs in the Michigan I am told. If there’s one venue that just feels like home every time you play it, where is it and why?
DJMATTB:Crush Nightclub at The BOB. It was the first club I played in Grand Rapids and the staff, even though it’s changed a bit, are still family. It’s just a good feeling when I walk in the doors, shake the security staff’s hands, walk in the club, get a few hello’s yelled from across the bar and all night, just have a positive environment all around me. That’s what it’s all about.
MIEVENINGOUT: There’s nothing like a good cocktail to celebrate a successful night in the booth. What’s your poison for such an occasion?
DJMATTB: Funny you should ask. I have my own signature cocktail I developed over the years, aptly named, THE MATTB. Both Sixx Nightclub and The BOB have a button programmed on their computers just for the drink. If you go to the bar and ask the bartender and they have no idea what it is, message me and I’ll let you know. If I’m DJing, I’ll tell you on the spot. Shots? I prefer orange crush. Or the Slurpee Special. You can only get that shot at Sixx from Sarah Rich at the top bar though. It’s her signature shot.
MIEVENINGOUT: Everyone’s had an issue or two with a doorman every now and then. Have you ever had a run-in with a cocky doorman?
DJMATTB: There’s good doormen and bad doormen. When I work in a club, I try to introduce myself to anyone I haven’t met before and get to know them a little. As far as having a run in with a doorman? Not me. I’m pretty easy going and get along with most. Some of them take the job a wee bit serious, but not with us. I think the only time I’ve had problems with a member of security was at an old residency of mine, where one of the guys would come to the booth, close to 2am and tell me to cut the @#$&*% music. This happened on a few occasions and I had to tell him to #&%# off and let me do my job.
MIEVENINGOUT: So where can we hear your mixtapes?