A spearhead of the ‚Neo Progressive’ movement – that’s Martin Bley alias MATCHY, a leading synonym for modern deep and melodramatic techno and house. With a profound sense and a highly empathic absorption, the half of the former duo Matchy & Bott sprinkled continously sales charts and playlists with dozens of siginficant releases over the past years. A formidable amount of loyal followers, supporters and fans have been built up. For a good reason! The enormous qualitative output settled down in the release catalogues at some of the foremost labels in the electronic underground scene within 5 years, and is an evident hint that something great has grown. As the producing part of Matchy & Bott, Martin placed an incomparable stamp on the Katermukke imprint, which belongs to the infamous Kater Blau Club (ex-Bar 25 and Kater Holzig). Since the impact of the „Too Late For Lovin EP“ in 2013, things went beastly steep. Alongside more than 10 contributions on this label and establishing a firm spot in the Kater family, coups with a vigorous effect followed up on Coyu’s Suara Music or Oliver Koletzki’s Stil vor Talent.
Djing and releasing solo now since the beginning of 2018, Matchy quickly made it into the Beatport Top 100 artists in two genres, Afro House and Melodic House and Techno, in less than 3 months with an unbelievable output of more than 10 releases in that short period of time.
By getting infected to electronic dance music in the scene of the Rhein-Main-area, especially Room 106 in Darmstadt, the ride began. The convergence of Matchy’s music production experiences plus Bott’s skills in diggin’ tracks and DJing was the base for working together as a duo until 2017. Strongly influenced within the „big“ trance era, the melodical affection is still a substantial part in each track. Although the first steps in producing own tunes was in fact the way of Nu Disco/Indie and Deephouse, but it has ever been rich of emotion. The neverending transition and variety of styles are the basic engine without losing the unique blend and trademark, which makes the Matchy-sound like what it is. The credibility has grown by having this creative process and changing more into energetic music like techhouse and techno, but staying true to himself within diversity. It’s music with a meaning! The harmony and interaction between melodic elements with beats is a fundamental matter of the vibe – steadily driven and impulsive, even so tight and crisp rhythms are shaping the lower frequenced layers to Matchy’s affinity for synthesizers in several variations. Whether if it’s charged with intense and massive hooks, gloomy melancholic sequences or arpeggiated strings with a dose of sweetness, it always has the strength for the next anthem! And that’s one of those reasons why Matchy’s creations found the way into the peoples hearts and quickly rised to a far-reaching honored artist and gained attention in the record cases of some global players.
Tough Matchy found his way to DJing through music production, it’s hardly surprising that his DJ gigs are welcome even far beyond home. Besides the residency in Frankurt-based club Tanzhaus West, nearly each corner of Germany has been toured to perform at numerous well-known underground clubs. The skillful mixing expertise, as well as the feeling for the right tracks according to atmosphere have been also demanded in countries like Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, UK, Spain (Sonar Festival), Portugal and USA. This dynamic vibe of the sets are predestinated for summer festivals and the stages like Katermukke floor at „Sonne Mond und Sterne“ Festival, Love Family Park or somewhere in the woods. Each set reflects the exceptional Matchy flavour and it’s definitely anything but straight – it’s rather the story that makes it outright, by showing up the colorful range of his musical understanding and introducing the spice of his taste.
Moving to techno capital Berlin in 2018 implicated many things: being closer to lots of other electronic music protagonists, daily inspirations by the highly creative environment and finding a new home around the Lauter Unfug crew. Besides building the set up for live performances, more than ten releases on prestigious labels are confirmed for the same year, so the mission to rule the beatport charts and the club scene is in progress, as he says „…clubbing to electronic music is a common feeling of letting loose, forgetting the daily grind and just enjoying the moment. This is shared across the whole world without borders, while social pressure is rising. But you can be sure that I’ll definitely give my best to surprise the crowds a little bit every weekend!“