Matt Allaby is a trance producer from Manchester in the UK. His unique sound has been forged through his background in the acid house scene in the ‘MaDchester’ nineties and the years following where Matt played his part in the beginnings of the Northern psytrance scene. He was a resident dj and co-promoter of the ‘Sunrise’ party in Manchester from its creation in 1997. This became a launch pad for his studio work which first saw fruition on Spiral Trax in 2002.
Hailed by a well known trance critic/website as ‘One of the producers who will save psytrance’, from some of the monotonous, formula-driven music that has plagued the trance scene, Allaby deepens the experience on every dancefloor he touches, with his truly unique brand of deep driving progressive.

With tracks released since 2002 on top record labels including Nano, Spiral Trax, Twisted, Neurobiotic, Alchemy and Digital Structures, Allaby’s no stranger to large events such as the Glade and Glastonbury (UK), Sonica (IT), Ozora (HU), Voov (DE), Taz (Israel), Kabbalah, Universo Parallelo (Brazil), Aurora (Greece)and Rainbow Serpent (Australia).

Your life-story and relationship with your work

Tell us a little about you and your work:
My dance music influence is firmly based in techno and house from the underground scene in Manchester from the 90’s. I realised soon after this that the trance scene had the best parties and vibe so it was an easy path to follow. Instead of the usual promo story, I’ll just list my CV 🙂 1989 – drummer in jazz/swing big band 1992 – drummer and singer in rock/metal band 1996 – drummer and producer for electronic/rock band 1997 – promoter and resident dj for Manchester club night ‘Sunrise’ 2001 until present – trance/techno production

Currently what projects are you working on? And what future plans have you chalked out for yourself?:
Allaby Live is the main focus. It’s a hypnotic mix of trance and techno, focused on outdoor festivals. I also have a tech/house project and I’m helping/producing several other artists in different genres.

What influenced you to get into your field?:
Beatles Herbal Tea Party Beatles Nirvana Beatles Underworld Beatles Daft Punk Beatles Hardfloor etc.
As an artist, what role do you think you play in society?:
Escapism…..nothing more.

You obviously love what you do…but what do you love the most about your work?:
Escapism…..nothing more.

Creating on a regular basis can be a bloody tough job, so what motivates you to press yourself into the workstation every single day?:

Everybody has to start somewhere, usually at the bottom of the ladder, either as the bus-boy or the shoe-shiner. What was the very first job you had?:
Delivering newspapers on my bike at 6am for £1 per day.

What is your second love? What’s the alternative career path you would have travelled if you were not on the one you are right now?:
Not sure……Something on 2 wheels in foreign lands with mountains (no dreads though).

Share your experiences and your characteristics/personality

Sometimes life can be quite a – insert word that rhymes with witch. Which phase was the hardest/scariest in your life?:
Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch Thats welsh and it does rhyme, don’t be racist.

Any embarrassing moments? Yes, you’d hate to disclose your secrets but we’d love to hear.:
There isn’t enough space in this box for the embarrissing moments. I just spelt embarrassing wrong, I’m embarrassed 🙁

Name a few of your all time favourite tracks. (From other artists if you are producer).:
OK, one for the trance people. The best trance track ever written –
M.O.S – Timing The rest –
Daft Punk – Alive Minilogue –
The Leopard (extrawelt remix) Underworld –
Born Slippy isolée –
beau mot plage Hardfloor –
Acperience 1 Orbital –
Halcyon On and On Beastie Boys –
Get It Together The Beatles tought me everthing I know about music – I’ve just seen a face –
Beatles I’m looking through you –
Beatles Something –
Beatles The Beatles –
We Can Work It Out I could go on for days with this question……

When have you been most satisfied in your life? Care to share one of your happiest memories?:
Singing Karaoke with my girlfriend. Climbing mountains ” ” ”

Habits die hard. Which one word always creeps in your speech?:

Knock, knock, we want to hear a good joke.:
Two fish in a tank…………ahh you’ve heard it! If you haven’t…………….

There’s a book on the shelf. It’s your autobiography. What does the title say?:

Flash-forward in time. You are now really old. What would you tell your children/loved ones?:
I’m tired

Your opinions and viewpoints

Got any theories on how the universe blossomed into existence or on the rationale of life? Are we in the matrix? Did god knit a hologram?:
Evolution, science, facts. Just the fact we are alive makes us spiritual beings, but there is no god. When we die, we are done. Enjoy life now for the beautiful thing it is. There is nothing after, sorry kids!

How do you connect to the spiritual side of yourself?:
The joke here is too easy.

Your relationship with psychedelics

Creativity and psychedelics work together. Do you agree? Why/Why not?:

Advice for the readers and fans

At the end of the ride, everyone’s looking for some form of success (tangible or not), what does success mean to you?:
A real hug from someone you love is the easy, printable, honest and non offensive answer.


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