Distract’s Danni meets EPIC DJ accomplished producer/remixer, label and A&R manager Matt Jam Lamont. This guy is from the world of old school 90’s Garage and UK House music. 51st State festival went off and as usual Distract were on site socking in all the sun and of course chatting to all of our favourite DJs.
DANNI MEETS MATT JAM LAMONT
It was at South London’s The Arches, where the burgeoning underground UK sounds and indeed Matt’s career really took shape with his residency at the legendary Sunday venue.
It was at this seminal Sunday club that he hooked up with fellow DJ Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown, and together in 1993 they formed the now legendary production/remixing team, Tuff Jam. The duo became the leading figureheads of the UK dance scene during the mid to late 90’s, turning out a slew of classic anthems from ‘Tumblin’ Down’ and entered the charts with TJR’s ‘Just Gets Better’ (Multiply) & Tuff Jam ft, Jaquee Bennett Need Good Love (XL) to top remixes for Kristine Blond, Boyz II Men, Usher, Coolio, En Vogue, Rosie Gaines, Brand New Heavies, Mark Morrison and more.
In the summer of 2000, Matt started up his own label, Solo Recordings, which has quickly established a reputation for releasing quality new tracks including Frances James & DJ Faces massive ‘Girls Play Too’ as well as much loved scene classics from Mike Dunn (God Made Me Funky), The Jam Experience (Feel My Love), ZaK Toms (Bring Me Down), Plutonic, Colours (Hold On) and MK as well as up & coming Russian producer Artifact.
Studio and production success is fundamentally important to Matt, but the true test of a DJ remains in the clubs. With his versatile DJing skills playing all styles of House, Garage, breaks, dubs, & D&B. Matt Jam remains a busy DJ, both in the UK as well as at international clubbing haunts including Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, USA, Canada, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Cyprus, Spain, Ibiza (where he won BEST UNDERGROUND DJ AWARD 2002) and Las Vegas.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Matt continues to take his DJ sets to the road. Remaining versatile and ensuring the crowd is always fully entertained has resulted in the continued success of his Solo University Tour which is in its twelfth year.
In December 2005 Matt Jam Lamont released a 3 CD Compilation TwiceasNice Weekender (Warner’s) with Shortee Blitz/Scottie B which has given Matt another “GOLD” sales status album. Matt then went on to release the second CD Compilation for TwiceasNice in October 2006 which again achieved Gold Status sales. 2008 saw Matt become the only other DJ other than DJ EZ to mix the Pure Garage CD which sold over 100,000 copies globally.
Matt Jam has held his 15 year residency in Ibiza as well as continually being booked internationally. For 2010 Matt set up his Solo Traxx label brand & continued to release his brand of dance music.
2013 has also continued well for Matt with a new radio show on Kiss 100 creator Gordon Mac’s new station Mi-Soul, remixes (Steve Mills – Nobody & Isaac Christopher – Good Old Days) & a new EP (Jam & Keys – The lost Tapes EP) being released on US producer/DJ Kerri Chandlers “MadHouse Records” label, a new label project Solo Music, a new CD Compilation & club tour in the pipeline.
As an unceasing champion of the British music scene, and indeed of great garage music irrespective of origin, it’s no misnomer to class Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont amongst dance music’s real pioneers.