Jan 20 – The Show Presents Matador with Ben Seagren & Dean Samaras
As DJ Awards’ 2016 Electronic Live Performer, Matador is a revolutionary live artist with a shining reputation for versatility, whilst never compromising on quality. Accolades have been showered on the Dublin-born producer, from proud ambassador of the NEVE 5088 Console, and Richie Hawtin’s PLAYDifferently MODEL1 mixer, his tenure as an ENTER resident at their worldwide events, to his consistent spot in RA’s Live Artist poll, bringing him rapid worldwide acclaim and a devoted worldwide fan base of clubbers and peers alike. Still thirsty for new worlds to conquer, Matador, aka Gavin Lynch, recently took on a new role as label boss for his RUKUS imprint.
Matador’s breath-taking explosive live shows result in packed crowds and an equally packed touring schedule including key bookings at top clubs and festivals such as Awakenings, Tomorrowland, Sonus Croatia, Ultra, and Output, DC-10, Space Ibiza, Stereo Montreal.
Playing to ecstatic thousands at sold out shows worldwide is a far cry from his early years. Raised on Motown, Matador then grew up with Guns N Roses, Pink Floyd, Orbital, Kasabian… As a teenager inspired by electronic giants Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer and Jeff Mills, he listened faithfully to the Essential Mix, collecting records and learning to DJ on any pieces of equipment he could afford. His drive to learn more led him to a sound engineering course at Dublin’s Sound Training Centre, with an emphasis on electronic music production, and an obsession was born. ‘Whilst electronic production is my first love, it has been incredibly important to have knowledge of instruments in their purest form both in a studio and in a live environment.’
Along with early interest from Cocoon and Perc Trax, an encounter with Richie Hawtin boosted him from aspiring DJ on the Dublin underground club circuit to a key component of Hawtin’s Minus imprint. His success was assured by his string of successful releases there such as ‘Kingswing’ and his ‘Spooks’ EP, and by his innovative, ever-evolving live shows. His relationship with Hawtin continues to be a fruitful one, having been enlisted as an ambassador for his PLAYDifferently Model 1 analog DJ mixer in 2016.
Last year also saw Matador founding his RUKUS label. ‘I’ve always loved the idea of taking my tracks from conception in the studio all the way through to release,’ he says. Initially creating an outlet for his own music, this year he invites exciting new and established talent to the imprint, as he extends his range as label boss. In 2016 he unveiled his newest live show at Loveland (ADE 2016), and he promises to add more new elements into an already complex and acclaimed performance in 2017.
Unusually multi-talented outside music, Matador’s many interests and skills have fed back into his DJ career. His early twenties were spent training as a chef to the point of a promising career in Dublin’s Michelin starred restaurants. Following his Dad’s advice of ‘find something you love doing and you’ll never work a day in your life’, he split his time between the kitchen and the decks, before cooking became a much loved hobby and music his life’s work.
Standing at the forefront of the ever-growing West-coast house & techno movement in the US is Ben Seagren – DJ, Producer, and visionary contributor within the Burning Man community.
Ben is best known for his dual roles as co-founder and resident DJ of DISTRIKT recognized as the staple party experience of the Burn for its reputable artist roster, beautifully positive crowd experience and definitive, cutting edge sound. Playing host and DJ to well over 30,000 guests every year during one magical week in the desert, it comes as no surprise that Ben and his DISTRIKT moniker continue to entertain thousands of fans and followers all over the world.
Dominating San Francisco’s house & techno scene for over a decade with long-term residencies at both award-winning Ruby Skye (2003-2009) and legendary End-Up (2004-2015), Seagren’s impeccable taste and undeniable talent earned him the respect of even the most discriminating of techno aficionados- fans and peers alike. With a passion for connecting like minded souls on the dance floor and the continued support from a loyal fan base, Ben is propelling himself to new heights as one of the sonic architects behind tech-house’s most recent redesign.
While traveling constantly between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Ben regularly plays events up a down the California coast at Public Works, Audio, Spin, Avalon & Sound and has held court at Ayslum After-hours in Honolulu, Flash & uHall in DC, Output in New York, Heart in Miami and Nikki Beach Cabo San Lucas, to name a few. He is also constantly organizing DISTRIKT events while performing over 100 gigs per year in clubs and festivals across the world. Ben has been a guest performer at the BPM festival in Playa del Carmen, Lovebox in London, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis & of course Burning Man.
In 2014 Ben made his debut on world renown Chus & Ceballos label Stereo Productions. The first release was a remix of a big room banger “Blowin Minds” by Chus & Ceballos that reached far and wide. It even got played out by Joseph Capriati at the BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen. Following up this dance-floor killer he remixed Tony Dee’s track “Back in the Dancefloor” on his latest Burn EP with Oscar L. Ben just finished up another remix on Stereo called “Black Rock City”. The original track was produced by Chus and Ceballos right after their first experience at Burning Man. It is an honor for Ben to remix this track 2 years later for a festival that is such a huge part of his life. Black Rock City will be released in the upcoming months so keep an eye out!
Ben’s First EP “Deep in Your Soul” released September 1st 2014 on Selected Records from Spain has been getting support from industry heavyweights such as Marco Bailey, UMEK, Mark Knight, Just Be, Marco Carola, Richie Santana, Arjun Vagale, Peter Bailey, Rob Mirage, Danny Tenaglia, Victor Calderone and many more. Italian techno legend and Deeperfect Records boss Stefano Neforini also supported the track on two episodes of his podcast “Club Edition 102″ The release was also listed as a “Beatport Staff Pick” for September.
His first Beatport release, “Calling Me” on acclaimed Spanish label BeatFreak Recordings, (a massive big room techno banger) currently climbing the Beatport Top 100 techno chart, and is destroying dance floors internationally with support from contemporaries Victor Calderone, Carlo Lio, The Junkies, D-Formation and co-collaborator Richie Santana.
DJing for over 20+ years, Dean Samaras utilizes his lengthy experience to craft technical, creative DJ sets known for musical range. At the top of the San Francisco scene for more than decade, Dean has held long standing residences at award winning Ruby Skye (2003-2011) and the legendary Endup (2004-2015), excelling at the after hours sounds of house and techno.
He has played all over the US as well as internationally in Mexico and South America; bringing a raw, old school style of DJing to the contemporary masses. As a Remixer/Producer Dean’s gravitates towards the late night sounds, evident on his debut techno banger ‘Calling Me’ on D-Formation’s acclaimed label, BeatFreak Group (Spain). Getting back in the studio in 2017, expect some new sounds from Dean this year.