New York City’s own MATRIX has been a fixture in the Dance Music Community for over three decades. He is widely known for creating inimitable musical experiences for fans and dance aficionados of House, Afro, Tribal, Deep and Soulful genres of House music. In creating his signature style, he draws his inspiration from the varied elements of music that he was exposed to growing up in New York City’s East Harlem/El Barrio neighborhood, which has always been known as a hot bed of creativity and diverse cultural expressions, and while also hailing from a musical family.
At the age of 13 he began listening to the Saturday Night Dance Party which aired on local New York City radio station WBLS and featured continuous disco dance mixes by legendary DJ Ted Courier. He was fascinated by his ability to smoothly blend music into a seamless mosaic, thus was inspired and drawn to the turntables with the desire to create his own musical tapestry for people to experience. By the time he was 16, MATRIX became a much sought after local DJ, performing at local celebrations and events.
MATRIX later hit his stride and honed his skills with residencies and guest appearances at a rich array of venues including some of New York City’s most legendary and influential dance clubs. These included such venues as the Limelight, Better Days, The Palladium, Save the Robots (one of New York City’s hippest underground after hour’s spots in the East Village), Bar 13, Nell’s, Studio Mezmor, The Octagon, Touch and Tantra (both in Miami’s South Beach district), and many others as well as playing with and alongside world renown DJ’s such as Eric Kupper, Davidson Ospina, Oscar P, Bruce Forrest, Steve “Chip Chop” Gonzalez, DJ Romain, DJ Smash, Hector Romero and Midnight Society.
MATRIX has shown his ability to serve in a creative capacity as well, moving into the realm of music production, and remixing. His work has appeared on a number of respected dance labels such as Strictly Rhythm Records, HMSP Music, NuGroove Records, Emotive Records and Kidz InDa Kut Records UK. His remix for Island/Def Jam recording artist Ayna’s “Sober” as well as his rework of The Bad Boy Orchestra’s “Do You Wanna Dance” for Easy Street Records were well received and showed his versatility in being able to cover a broad range of musical styles. More recently, MATRIX began to distinguish himself for his hypnotic use of Afro/Latino rhythmic innovations and musicianship. He creates original compositions, where he integrates original instrumentation along with other elements to fully encompass the sound and feel that is unique to his style. This is evident on his single “Arara (Babalu Aye)”, a track that offers mesmerizing Afro Cuban spiritual chants supported by tantric contemporary dance beats. He is confident that this well received track, emblematic of his evolving yet signature style, will point to future directions and opportunities for creative exploration.
MATRIX continues to expand his following with “The Sounds of the New York Underground” Radio Station on Live365.com where he serves as the Music and Program Director, as well as making regular guest appearances on “Chill Lover Radio”. He is also the co-founder and President of H.O.S. Music Inc., a New York based dance imprint making its mark releasing high quality dance floor friendly House music.
In his own words, “I love to see people responding to the music and I am fueled by the excitement of the crowd. No two performances are ever the same. In this interplay with the audience, akin to the African call and response, which inspires my work so deeply, I strive to create an environment of collective harmony and unity—one where we are all on an idyllic ride together and through music realize that there is, without a doubt, a deeper and greater good. I’m motivated to get back out on the world stage at festivals and clubs to share my music with a broader audience and to continue to work on productions and remixes with artist tracks to maximize the impact and potential of their vision”.