Chapter 2 - DJ Matt C

The first time I ever heard a DJ mix was at my Grade 8 graduation party.  The legendary Toronto house music DJ, Matt C (RPM, Industry Night Club) was a former student and played the event for us.  It was so amazing to hear one song blend into the other with such precision and ease, and to watch how the dance-floor continuously move, almost like the waves of an ocean.  It was surreal.  The energy level was epic and I came out of that party soaked with sweat.  I had never heard or seen anything like it.  Yet, this isn’t what got me hooked.

In grade 9 I attended Agincourt C.I. on Midland Ave. in Scarborough (a suburb of Toronto).  Matt C was a student in his graduating year and during one of the schools spirit assembly’s, he got on stage, with two technique 1200’s and tore up Technotronic’s “Pump Up the Jam.”  I still remember how he broke it down.  He went back to back on the two turntables starting with the chorus:

Pump up the Jam
Pump up the Jam
Pump up the
Pump up the
Pump up the Jam
Pump up the Jam
Pump
Pump
Pump
Pump up the Jam

The place went NUTS!  Hands were in the air, kids were jumping out of their seats, girls screaming, it was pandaemonium!  I had never witnessed such excitement!  I said to myself, “I want to be that guy!”

Unknown to me, there was another kid in the auditorium that day, who would end up being not only a great friend, but a partner.  Together we would build something very special.  His name was Paul Jones.

Side note*** Many years later, I did have the honour of playing alongside Matt C at the RPM Reunion Party held at Government, put on by Brighter Days Entertainment.

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