Name: Matt Lisle
Show: Various shows…
Show time and day: You’ll know when you hear it. I send pre-recorded shows down from Croydon to Exeter.
What type of music can we expect to hear on your show?
Dancefloor jazz, experimental indie, Latin and the like, Doo-Wap, rhythm and blues, funk, house, reggae, I’m sure I’ll end up adding or creating a few genres in time. Anything dance worthy or amercing, or both. I’m not being too clear am I…
How did you get into this type of music?
Sheer love and determination to hunt down the best music I can find. I’m a music lover, which is very expensive.
How long have you been DJing?
I’m 32 now, and I started when I was around 19 or 20. I can’t be sure exactly, I guess it’s around 11 or 12 years.
How did you start DJing?
My friend’s girlfriend wanted some funk played at her birthday before a band played. I had two funk records (Fresh by Sly & The Family Stone and I think it was a Funky Jams compilation); I played them both for an hour, never leaving the decks.
Do you DJ anywhere other than on Phonic FM?
You can find me at Lost Society in Clapham, playing a bag of Latin beats, disco and house. Bar Rhumba in Piccadilly playing dancehall, ragga and hip-hop, that’s a lively affair. I run the Bodyjamm nights with MJ Cole doing a Jackin’ House sort of thing. The Oval in Croydon playing just about anything I fancy other than house, the Landlord HATES house! Abroad I’m quite a regular at APT in New York, 404 in Helsinki and I play for Vice all over Scandinavia.
What has been your most embarrassing DJing moment?
I was DJing in Swindon to about 600 people, it was packed and I got caught short. I put on what I thought was a long record to use the men’s room and I was on the ground floor sitting down when I heard my record run out. I had to finish up and belt it back up the stairs through an all knowing, cheering crowd and quickly stick on the first thing I could find, which decided it wasn’t going to play and the needle went ‘rrrrrrrkkkkkkk’ right across the record. It was an awful five minutes.
What has been your best DJing moment?
Turntables On The Hudson in NYC, I would say. Beautiful Jetty going off into the Hudson with a big BBQ, drummers, dancers, like a little festival. There was a huge thunderstorm that night but people still braved it out and had wild night. Spectacular.
Who is your favourite artist?
Musical Artist? Possibly Tom Waits, I can listen to his records all day, all week even and not get tired.
What is you all time favourite album?
Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. That’s actually an easy one for me to answer. For me there’s not another album that’s on that level, it’s out there on it’s own. Astral Weeks is so effortless and expressive, sure there are a bunch of records out there that are too but there’s something so magical in the execution, a captured moment. Oh dear, I sound like a ponce.
Where do you shop for music?
Do tell me all about the good shops in Exeter as I’ll be down to see Lady Croydon (aka Lady Laura) at some point, I’m sure.