A Halifax club’s resident DJ aims to be number one when he shows off his skills in the final of the prestigious DJ of the Year Award.
DJ Mathew Trolle from ATIK in Commercial Street, is one of five contenders for the title in the annual contest run by The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of late night bars and clubs.
He won the North and Scotland regional heat and will now perform a 25 minute set for clubbers at ATIK in Windsor when it stages the finals on Saturday 18 February. The winner receives the trophy and an all-expenses paid trip for two to the Miami Ultra Music Festival, the biggest event in the music business calendar, plus DJ kit from Pioneer.
Mathew, the son of a professional Northern Soul DJ, learned his craft by working six nights a week. He gained a first class honours degree in music production from Leeds College of Music where he became a senior lecturer.
He has also worked as a producer/remixer and DJ for dance music record label AATW and is setting up a full time recording studio and educational facility in York to share his experience and give back to the industry.
Mathew said: “I find my best and most enjoyable DJ-ing has come in my later years, as I focus solely on working weekends. I spend more time finding music, and programming my sets than ever before, ensuring that each performance I execute is exactly that, ‘a performance’.
“I’m excited about the final and looking forward to delivering a set that will get the crowd going and impress the judges. I would love to claim the title.”
The final will be judged by a panel of industry experts who will score the DJs a number of categories.