Such is the diversity of his work that it defies strict definitions and straddles numerous genres. From his own original productions, to edits and remixes for some of the biggest names in the music business, Matthias Heilbronn’s discography is guaranteed to make you stand up and take notice.With his career already well into a third decade he continues to push the creative envelope; no two productions sounding alike.
As a DJ, Matthias has graced the decks at some of worlds most premiere venues including: London’s Ministry of Sound and Fabric; UK’s Southport Weekender; New York’s Cielo, Love and the legendary Palladium, Twilo, Sound Factory Bar and Body & Soul; Paris’ Respect Is Burning; Ibiza’s Pacha and Space, Tokyo’s Yellow & Air, Frankfurt’s Cocoon, Berlin’s Tresor and Singapore’s Zouk.
Although renowned amongst heads for his soulful garage house sound, his DJ sets reveal a much broader cross-section of influences, described in Britain’s 7 Magazine as a spellbindingly eclectic set where his panoramic journey across often arbitrary musical genres, created a sense of New York, both past and present.
After being introduced to underground house music culture when he heard seminal DJ / producer Larry Levan at the legendary Paradise Garage, Matthias relocated from Germany to New York City in order to fully pursue his love of music. Through his job at Axis Studios, he learned engineering, programming and editing under the tutorship of mentor Francois K. He became roommates with house music icon Frankie Knuckles and would soon have the privilege to meet and work with Larry Levan and Tom Moulton.
As one of New Yorks most in-demand editors and programmers, Matty worked on songs by Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Boys II Men and SWV, earning a couple of gold and platinum records on the way. He also worked with an array of influential house music producers including Danny Tenaglia, Todd Terry and Franois K. Whether it’s creating his own original productions, remixing established dance artists or retouching the work of pop and R’n’B acts for the majors, Matthias has proved equally adept at hitting the right note.
Under productions monikers such as Deep Zone, II Deep, Soulflower and PDP he has produced and remixed for some of the industry heavy-weights with releases on the likes of Z – Records, King Street, MAW, Wave ,Distance, Pokerflat and SAW to name just a few. The list of artists to whose work has received a “makeover” from Matty includes Soul II Soul, Randy Crawford, Crystal Waters, Blueboy, Backstreet Boys, Paid & Live feat. Lauren Hill, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Ultra Nate, Tom Jones, Bootsy Collins, Anastacia, Ledisi, James Ingram, Loleatta Holloway, Everything But The Girl, Urban Soul, Roy Ayers, Byron Stingily and Michael Watford - and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. His remixes of Chaka Khan & Mary J.’s Blidge’s “Disrespectful” , Donna Summer - “I’m A Fire”, Ultra Nate’s - “Give It All You Got” & Mary Mary’s - “God In Me” all topped Billboard’s Dance Chart, at number 1, while Labelle’s “Superlover”, Kelly Rowlands “Daylight”, Angie Stones “Baby”, to name a few, all recently entered the top 10.
Since 2007, the launch of his own label, Pata De Perro Music has allowed Matty room to maneuver on two fronts. The label provides the opportunity to nurture new talent and production teams as well as being a vehicle that allows greater opportunity for creativity in his original productions. 2009 promises to be another memorable year with remixes already in the pipeline for Musiq Soulchild feat. Mary J. Blige, D’Influence, Nicki Richards, Shalamar vocalist Jody Watley, Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams, and two new singles on P Diddy’s Bad Boy imprint.
He is currently putting the finishing touches on singles feat. Monique Bingham and Gerideau, not to mention more original material for Pata de Perro Music. Matthias continues to DJ around the globe and spread his signature style and love of music.
More info & updates here: http://www.myspace.com/matthias_matty_heilbronn
Edited by thisfire on 24 Apr 2010, 12:23
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