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As 2013 draws ever closer to an end Matthew Charles findshimself back in Dubai after cementing his reputation as oneof Ibiza’s finest resident DJs thanks to his 3rd full season atthe infamous Café Mambo. During a busy summer that sawhim not only play twice weekly at the popular San Antoniovenue but take in the UK, Germany and Estonia as part ofthe Mambo On Tour crew he has managed to fine tune hisproduction techniques, which has already resulted innumerous conversations with high profile labels about someof the resulting tracks. As Matthew’s popularity increases inhis base region of the Middle East so does the demandfurther afield so he now faces the juggling act ofinternational DJ and Promoter.Matthew Charles cut his musical teeth in his home city ofGlasgow, holding down numerous residencies, includingiconic venues T he Tunnel and Archaos, while working forUK clubbing bible M8 Magazine. It was through themagazine that he had his first taste of working in Ibiza in2001, when a four week sales trip turned into a seasonflyering and selling tickets for Godskithchen before movingon to work for Roger Sanchez’s Release Yourself party at ElDivino, which included décor duty at Café Mambo and sellingtickets outside Savannah. Having dabbled in the danceworld and enjoyed a season working in Ibiza, it wasn’t until2003, when Matthew moved to Dubai, that he decided totake up DJing professionally. In 2004 he won the HeinekenT hirst competition, a global search for new talent, chosen byPaul Oakenfold and Daniel Davoli, playing alongside the twojudges the following night to an audience of 3000. From thispoint Matthew’s stock rose dramatically, high profileresidencies in Trilogy and 360 (both DJ Mag Top 100 clubs)followed along with numerous guest spots in the finestvenues around the region.During a chance conversation with Pete Gooding, then CaféMambo resident, at 360 in Dubai he learned of an openingon the Mabmo roster. Deciding immediately to go after theexclusive residency, he contacted friend and long time Ibizaconnection, Charlie Chester, who made the introduction toMambo owner Javier Anadon. As his guests were arriving inDubai the week before his wedding, Matt passed them in theairport heading to Ibiza and a meeting with Javier in VillaMercedes at the end of which he was offered the Mamboresidency. In 2006 after his wedding, Matthew Charlesreturned to Ibiza and a season that saw him on a weeklybasis play alongside the likes of Roger Sanchez, ErickMorillo, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Deep Dish, Master At Work, to name only a few. On his return to Dubai andthrough his residency at Trilogy Matthew continued to playalongside some of the finest DJs/ producers in the world aswell as adding many more venues to his resume, includingthe likes of Chi Lodge, Blue Marlin Dubai, Nasimi Beach andSandance Festival. T hroughout the region Matthew regularlyplays alongside the biggest names in electronic music,including the likes of Sasha, John Digweed, Steve Lawler,Nic Fanciulli, Booka Shade, Ame, Dixon, Henrik Schwarz,Yousef and Funkagenda.However the last few years while Matthew has maintainedhis profile in the Middle East he has been working hard atdeveloping the underground scene in Dubai. Along with afew like-minded friends, they have created the DubaiUnderground Music Movement (D.U.M.M.) hosting parties insmaller, intimate venues and offering an increasing fan basea chance to hear quality underground music. One of theirbiggest successes is their boat party ‘Never Get Out T heBoat’, one of the most popular in the region. Each and everysailing is always at capacity and gathers infamy along theway.In 2012 even with everything happening in Dubai Matthewfelt a pull back to the magic rock that is Ibiza and hisdecision has proved to be a smart one, capturing the earsand hearts of everyone who was lucky enough to catch aset this summer and last, Ibiza promises to play a major rolein the future of Matthew Charles. Remember the name!Testimonials: Yousef“When I play in Dubai I always request Matt Charles as mysupport DJ. He not only plays great music but is also amature enough selector to know how to set the mood, buildthe vibe and set it up for me and more importantly the crowd.I can’t recommend him highly enough.”Funkagenda“Its not often a warm up DJ understands the flow of a nightthese days. Matt manages to balance early set grooves withbig room power and punch to get the dancefloor going. Withskills like that I'm sure he'll go a long way.Nick Warren“Matt did a great warm up for Way Out West in Dubai.”

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