When one refers to an artist as ‘an absolute legend’, ‘Godfather’ or ‘international hero’; more often than not it can be a term applied by the support of loving fans Worldwide or in some cases media hype that pertains to the artist in question being somewhat exceptional in their chosen skill on a global level.
‘Godfather’ as many of those that have witnessed Francis Ford Coppola’s award winning cinematic trilogy of films of the same name will attest, can also refer to a Sicilian Crime Family Boss.
Now, whilst the DJ and Producer and all round ‘international legend’ known as ‘Slipmatt’ has no affiliations with Sicilian families or crime (thankfully), he is most definitely in this case one deserving of the titles ‘Godfather’ and ‘Boss’. Here’s the exception to the rule though, he did not give himself these names, these accolades were not created off the back of some 90’s hype campaign, the name Godfather – in reference to the ‘Godfather of Rave’ is a name he has worked very hard for nearly three decades to earn, and earn it he most definitely has.
Consistently cutting, scratching and blending new beats with classic riffs and truly a DJ’s DJ, Slipmatt has always kept all of the classic tone and original rave anthem sound that had rocketed him to stardom, but yet still does so with a fresh approach, perpetually shaping new sounds and encouraging and supporting new music from all corners of the globe. He maintains at all times that it’s about good music, whatever it’s genre and if it sounds great and more over keeps a crowd dancing, then it’s worth playing. It’s essentially what is at the core of what has kept Slipmatt at the top of his game for many years – an ear for groundbreaking music, whether that be old or new school, an upbeat, entertaining and interactive attitude towards his fans, listeners and crowds and an ability to read a crowd perfectly.
Godfather of Rave? Absolutely.