JUST BE has held many guises in his journey through electronic music.
Launching his career as Matthew B in the midst of the UK acid house
explosion, his identity and sound has undertaken many a metamorphosis,
through Bushwacka!, The End Soundsystem, Layo and Bushwacka! to
settle for the meantime on JUST BE. His continual evolution, thirst for new
sounds and epic touring schedule has ingrained his many identities across the
international club scene.
JUST BE’s roots grew out of the underground warehouse parties and illegal
outdoor raves that shook the foundations of the establishment, quite literally,
and gave inspiration to a new generation of ravers. This anarchic environment
gave JUST BE total creative freedom, an ethos that continues to this day in
his music, always pushing the boundaries of House, Breakbeat, Techno,
Downtempo and Ambient.
JUST BE emerged from the melting pot of the UK electronic music scene of
the late 80s early 90s and was soon hosting up to four residencies in London
every weekend at some of the best parties around, from the Rat Pack to the
Clink Street warehouse parties. The End - London’s legendary club, situated
in an abandoned train tunnel became his home for 14 years, this residency
acted as a springboard into the international circuit. From here JUST BE, in
his many guises toured the worlds biggest clubs and festivals.
Ever since playing under the stars at Amnesia in 1989 Ibiza has become a
special place for JUST BE. He has continued to play at Cocoon, DC10, and
Carl Cox’s revolution parties at Space, his sound becoming synonymous with
the White Isles summer hedonism. Ibiza aside, he still retains his roots in the
London scene. The London based Shake It! warehouse parties which he
curates and promotes with Layo are some of the biggest in the UK. 2011 saw
them taking Shake It! to Ibiza for ten dates alongside MTV in the main room at
Amnesia, as well as hosting an arena at the SW4 festival in London.
Music was always going to be the only career for JUST BE, from playing
percussion in the London School Symphony Orchestra, performing at the
Royal Festival Hall and Barbican centre amongst others. He was
subsequently swept up by the electronic revolution, an environment in which
he really thrived. His output has been phenomenal with six artist albums and a
seventh due this year, he has produced over 120 remixes, and 160 tracks for
labels such as XL Recordings, End Recordings and his own labels Olmeto,
Plank and Oblong.
JUST BE has an exciting 2012 lined up, with releases signed, sealed and
delivered on Get Pysical, Maison D'etre, Plus 8, and Intec Digital, gigs at
some of the best clubs and festivals on the circuit, and a new collaboration
with Safehouse Management - the team behind some of the largest DJs and
events in the world!