Artist Focus: Matt Jam Lamont

Friday, 28 April 2017

For many, Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont is one of the artists synonymous with the sound of UKG, not only as a producer and remixer - but also as a broadcaster and label manager.

Over the course of his twenty-five year career, Matt has worked both independently, in groups and as a remixer alongside artists such as Usher, En Vogue and Boyz II Men. His influence can be heard clearly across the most iconic British dance music of the last thirty years. Matt’s career began with a series of residencies at South London’s bustling night spots - placing him at the epicentre of dance music culture in the 90s. It was his sets at iconic London nightspot ‘The Arches’ that led to him teaming up with Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown to create the now legendary duo ‘Tuff Jam’.

The partnership led to some of the most instantly recognisable club tracks of the 90s, including ‘Tumblin’ Down’ and ‘Need Good Love’, among others. The duo also released their series of ‘Underground Frequencies’ mix CDs - collections that obtained gold sales discs. Most notably the duo produced the remix that kick-started the career of Platinum-selling girl group Mis-Teeq. Moving forward beyond the ‘Tuff Jam’ partnership, Matt has branched out independently as a broadcaster, DJ and label boss. His remix records Twice as Nice and Pure Garage continue to achieve gold certifications, and his label ‘Solo Recordings’ has housed a number of much-loved dancefloor classics from artists such as MK and Mike Dunn.

He’s also played records on Kiss 100, and most recently on Mi-Soul, the station led by Kiss 100’s creator Gordon Mac. As a DJ, he has played sets all across the globe from Singapore to Switzerland and Cyprus to Canada. His music also continues to please fans around the world, topping tastemaker charts and gaining new legions of fans. His most recent work includes collaborations with artists such as Krept & Konan and Kele Le Roc. Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont is bringing the sounds of his impressive, genre-defining career to the 51st State crowds this year - you’d be a fool to miss out!