Producer/Engineer/DJ ( Minus, Plus 8)
It’s been a whirlwind three years for Dublin man Gavin Lynch better known as Matador. From initial beginnings as a sound engineer and DJ in his native Dublin, the dedicated producer has plotted a carefully devised route right to the forefront of techno in just three short years. The organic evolution of Matador’s productions has been clear for all to see, the cultivation of his instantly recognizable sound an intrinsic part of his journey from humble beginnings. Perc Trax and Cocoon were early stop-offs before Matador found his artistic home with Minus, the much respected stable of the legendary Richie Hawtin and the perfect outlet for an adventurous producer like himself, a label which has had a substantial impact on his flourishing career.
The initial break came on Hawtin’s Plus 8 thanks to a driving monster of a remix for Bryan Zentz’s D-Clash which announced Matador as one to watch in dance circles. Following that up with a debut EP on Minus was perfect opportunity for Matador and the success of his Kingswing release gave him the impetus to launch himself fully into the world of techno. With staunch support from Mr Hawtin himself, Matador became a regular fixture on the Minus lineups around the world. On the production front he followed his debut venture up with a succession of well received EP’s and releases on Minus including the likes of Lamana and Dikspring as well as the much lauded Spooks EP, five tracks which truly encapsulate the Matador sound. 2012 proved to be a productive year for the Dublin man with a constant stream of quality output helping cement his place as a rising star amongst the techno community.
During this time he also began to hone his live performance setup, incorporating midi controllers, samplers and effects to create a formidable live show perfectly tailored to his needs. His outgoing personality, combined with the vibrant nature of his music has helped him engender a unique party atmosphere at his live shows, something techno fans around the world can attest to.
Underneath the Enter banner, Gavin has been a regular resident performing extensively in Ibiza over the past three seasons and at Enter events all over the world from Brixton to Amsterdam and farther afield in Los Angeles and Miami. Performing at Enter has also given Matador the chance to perfect his live performance and his successes here were reflected by fact that he was anointed Best Live Performer Ibiza 2014 at this year’s DJ Awards, recognition of his dedicated efforts in a live setting.
The past two years have seen Matador continue his studio prowess with a string of releases including a remix for techno legends Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann and a new EP for Minus in Zoles which was a 5 track salvo for his label of choice. 2014 saw the producer indulge his love of remixing with a remix for Depeche Mode a particular highlight. 2014 also saw Matador’s Versions EP come to light, inspired by the many sounds that influenced him as a young DJ, the EP gave new life to a number seminal dance tracks including most interestingly The Chemical Brothers – It Began In Africa. Many of these tracks were included in his recent Essential Mix.
With renewed focus on the studio this year as well as a primed touring schedule its clear the Matador name will continue it’s inexorable rise. A new EP on Minus is imminent and an artist album for 2015 has been confirmed, something that will no doubt excite the growing fan base of the charismatic Irishman. His love for live performance will also be indulged with a new live show almost ready to be rolled out, something that will bring a smile to the face of the many Matador fans who have crossed paths with him over the last three years, connecting with him and joining him on what has been an incredible journey. It appears that the coming months will provide a plethora of seminal moments for one of techno’s most notable mavericks!
Selected discography Matador
Matador - Skywalk Ep + Timmy Stewart Mix - Aciitone - 2007
Matador - Dancing In The Sun Ep + Perc Remixes - Aciitone - 2008
Sourcecode - McKenna - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2008
Matador - Red Ep - Acid Milk Recordings - 2008
Marco Bernardi - Plastik Spanner - Matador Remix - Nice & Nasty - 2008
Indo Phunqe - Beta Bug - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2008
Matador - Satires Ep + Luetzenkirchen Remixes - Aciitone - 2008
Djamel - Quit Debugging - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2008
Bcr Boys - Stolperfalle - Matador Remix - Perc Trax - 2008
Bubba & T-Bone - Friendly Fire - Matador Remix - Mode Music - 2008
Matador - Trakeda - Trip - Pukku - Aciitone - 2008
Matador - Models - Moovment - 2008
Gennaro Mastrantonio - Night In The Jungle - Matador Remix - Perc Trax - 2008
Matador - Velvet Revolver - Mode Music - 2009
Sunshine & Moree - Look Expensive - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2009
Matador - Rumode Ep - Perc Trax - 2009
Julien Piacentino - Oxide - Matador Remixes - Sleaze - 2009
Perc - Work Softer - Matador Remix - Perc Trax - 2009
Presslaboys - Opako - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2009
Matador - Dirty Money - Sleaze - 2009
Matador - Bliss Ep - Perc Trax - 2009
Matador - Scaramanga + BTJ Remix - We Are Genius - 2010
Kid Handsome - Africans - Matador Remix - Aciitone - 2010
Billy Johnston & Gennaro Mastrantonio - Space - Matador Remix - Sleaze - 2010
Phil Kieran - Dirt - Matador Remix - Cocoon Recordings - 2010
Ryan Davis - Heron - Matador Remix - Manual Music - 2010
Matador - Pigs In Blankets Ep - Perc Trax - 2010
Matador - Hustler Ep - Sleaze - 2010
Matador - Push Ep - Harthouse - 2010
Hans Bouffmyhre - Mistake Me - Matador Remix - Perc Trax - 2010
Matador - Silhouettes - 1605
Matador - Flux Ep - Phobiq -2011
Matador - Baask Ep - Rekluse - 2011
Matador - Handbagass Ep - Trapez - 2011
Bryan Zentz - D-Clash - Matador Remix - Plus 8 - 2011
Matador - Kingswing Ep - Minus - 2011