My career in the music industry spans near 30 years now & has included working from the ground up, starting out in retail, namely ‘Adrians Records’ (Wickford, Essex) & ‘Soulman Records’ (Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex). Special thanks to Adrian & ‘Tracey Jade’ for training me up from the pop head I was, to the dance specialist I now am !

Next up came learning the ropes of Club Promotion, which was to become my main job / focus in the industry for many years c/o the ever so eccentric (just like me) & wonderful ‘Wendy K’ at ‘Parlophone Records’ / ‘Talkin’ Loud’. I was to become her ‘Star Pupil’ & thanks to her glowing recommendation I got my first full time job at ‘XL Recordings’, setting up & running their in-house Club Promotions Dept (special thanks to Tim Palmer, Richard Russell & Nick Worthington for that opportunity), working with acts like ‘The Prodigy’ & ‘House Of Pain’, as well as the dance imprints ‘Citybeat’ (who can forget ‘Doop’s “Doop”) & ‘Ore Recordings’ & their classics ‘Pamela Fernandez’s “Kickin’ in The Beat” & ‘Donna Giles” “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going)”).

A chance friendship with my amazing friend & co worker to be ‘Laura Gate-Eastley’, led to a swift departure from ‘XL’, to a new position as Head Of Dance Promotions at ‘MCA Records’ under ‘Steve Wolfe’. This was the era of ‘Livin’ Joy’s “Dreamer” & the prime time of urban legends ‘Mary J Blige’, ‘Bobby Brown’ & ‘Chante Moore’ (to name just a few of my personal favourite acts).

Next, I was snatched up once again, this time to set up my own Independent Club Promotions Company ‘Hyper-Active’ by ‘Music-House’s ‘Simon Walsh’. I went on to run the company & work over 10 years worth of club & pop anthems. I worked nearly every major dance release you could imagine (I won’t even try to list them all here) & must say a massive THANKYOU to ‘EVERYONE’ that gave me the chance to work such an amazing roster of releases & gave me the astounding record collection I still own today.

At present, my main focus’ are ‘MWR Ltd’, my management company, which boasts an extremely strong line-up of remixe / production teams (& the odd artist), as well as ‘1st Stop’, my National UK specialist dance radio promo division of ‘MWR Ltd’.

So again, a massive thanks to everyone that I’ve worked with so far & everyone who I represent, without whom I would be completely lost!

Read Music Week’s article on Matt Waterhouse.