Did you ever go on vacation with your family to somewhere wonderful and wish you could just stay there forever?
Back in 1995, Mat Andrew and his family came to Whistler on holiday from their home in Bury, U.K. just outside of Manchester. The area made such an impression that after a few more trips the whole family decided to make the move permanently.
Mat immediately immersed himself in the local DJ scene, jamming with locals Vinyl Ritchie, Kilocee and Ruffian. The kid could hold his own, having grown up hanging out in his dad’s record shop and taking to the tables himself since the age of 15. His newbie status set him up for good-natured ribbings. He was nicknamed the "Alien" since a mouthful of Manchester accent often rendered him incomprehensible, not to mention his foreign heritage spawned the joke about him being an illegal alien.
Fast track to 2004, the Alien tag is less to do with nationality and entirely about Andrew’s otherworldly skills as a turntable technician. Seamless cuts, awe-inspiring scratch sessions, Mat the Alien is Whistler’s most renowned and respected DJ.
This year the Pique’s Best of Whistler poll made it official, but we’re not the only ones that have the down low on this Alien. Andrew has a world-wide profile, regularly jet-setting off to spin in locales all over the world.
Recently returned from Miami, he is back manning the decks at his regular local nights: Wednesdays at Moe Joe’s, Mondays at the Garibaldi Lift Co. with an upcoming NYE set for the resort’s First Night festival.
Lucky for Whistler music fans of all ages, the Alien has landed here once again. And in light of his title win, Pique thought it a good time as any to catch up.
Pique: What’s going on with you right now in terms of producing and recording?
Mat the Alien: I released a CD for C1rca with DJ Dopey, the DMC world champ in 2003 (this past summer). The CD has gone out all over the world – 30,000 copies.
I’ve set up my own label, Really Good Records. The first release is out now, my debut solo CD Downtime . It’s a mix of tracks with MCs from the Northwest and instrumental tracks all produced by me. The second release is Subliminal JC’s solo CD.
We’re also working on the AweDaCity LP, which is me, JC and Ty-C, produced by me and JC. It should be out in the summer. Ty-C and JC are amazing MCs with some of the fastest double time flows.