Burns (musician)

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Birth name Matthew James Burns
Also known as Matt Burns
Born (1985-10-31) 31 October 1985 (age 31)
Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom
Genres Electronic, dance
Occupation(s) DJ, record producer, singer, songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Labels Sony, Fly Eye, Spinnin' Records, Deconstruction, 2112
Associated acts Otto Knows, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Clare Maguire, Britney Spears, deadmau5, Fred Falke, R3hab, Tinchy Stryder, Marina and the Diamonds, Hurts, Pitbull, What So Not
Website www.thisisburns.com

Matthew James Burns (born 31 October 1985), better known mononymously as Burns (stylised BURNS), is a Scottish DJ, record producer and singer and songwriter. His recent writing and production credits include Britney Spears, Kelis, Pitbull, Ellie Goulding and others.

Early life[edit]

Burns was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His mother was an artist and painter. His father was a professional heavyweight boxer. Burns began making music at the age of twelve, playing guitar and keyboards before discovering sampling as a teenager. At the age of 15, Burns started producing his own tracks, combining sound hardware from the seventies and eighties with modern music software and samples.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Burns was taken on by Three Six Zero Group and signed to Sony Music Entertainment. He was then chosen to warm up for every show of deadmau5's U.S. 30-day tour and subsequently joined Calvin Harris on his UK tour.[2] He also released two EPs Turbo and Teknique on 2112 Records.

In 2010, Burns released "Y.S.L.M (You Stopped Loving Me)" with French artist Fred Falke, also releasing his So Many Nights EP. In 2011, Burns released a track with NT89 entitled "Traffic" and went on to release "Iced Out" on Calvin Harris' Fly Eye label. In 2012, Burns secured a residency at The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas[3] while playing shows across America. He released "Lies" in September with remixes from Skream, Tiga, Acrobat and Otto Knows. The single entered the BBC Radio 1 playlist at C moving to B one week later and then on to A for 7 consecutive weeks. The track peaked at number 32 in the UK Singles Chart[4] and at number 36 in the Netherlands.


Charting singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Lies" 32 36 68 Non-album singles
2013 "Limitless" 134
2015 "When I'm Around U"
2016 "Make It Clap"
2016 "Beauty Queen"
2016 "Wave ft. Elvis Brown"
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2011 "Off the Record"
(Tinchy Stryder featuring Calvin Harris and Burns)
24 Non-album single

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 2010 – This Is Burns 001 - European Sex Music - Part 1[8]

Extended plays and other releases[edit]

Year Title
2009 Turbo[9]
2010 Y.S.L.M[12] (with Fred Falke)
So Many Nights[13]
2011 Traffic[14] (with NT89)
Midknight / Skeezer[15]
Iced Out[16]
Fred Falke Part IV[17]


Year Artist(s) Title
2008 Buy Now! "Body Crash" (Burns Remix)[18]
Kaz James "We Hold On" (Burns Mix)[19]
2009 Calvin Harris "I'm Not Alone" (Burns Rework)[20]
The Toxic Avenger "Toxic Is Dead" (Burns Remix)[21]
Filthy Dukes "Messages" (Burns Terradome Remix)[22]
Empire of the Sun "We Are the People" (Burns Remix)[23]
2010 The Aston Shuffle "Your Love" (Burns Remix)[24]
Gossip "Heavy Cross" (Burns Remix)[25]
Hurts "Better Than Love" (European Sex Version)
2011 Nelly Furtado "Night Is Young" (Dub Mix)
2012 Marina and the Diamonds "Primadonna" (SFCTR Remix)[26]
2012 Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch "Sweet Nothing" (Burns Remix)[27]
Lana Del Rey "National Anthem" (SFCTR Remix)[28]
Charli XCX "You (Ha Ha Ha)" (Burns Violet Cloud Version)[29]
2013 Iggy Azalea "Work" (Burns Purple Rain Version)[30]
2014 Calvin Harris featuring John Newman "Blame" (BURNS Remix)
2016 Rihanna featuring Drake "Work" (BURNS' Late Night Rollin Remix)


Year Track Artist Album
2010 "Intro" Kelis Flesh Tone
2012 "Amen" Foreign Beggars The Uprising
2013 "Midas Touch" Ellie Goulding Halcyon Days
"All the Things" (with Calvin Harris) (featuring Inna) Pitbull Meltdown
2016 "Reminds Me" Noonie Bao TBA
"Make Me..." (featuring G-Eazy) Britney Spears Glory


  1. ^ "Biography of Burns". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Kane, Kirsty. "Meet Burns, Deadmau5’ support DJ". Beatport. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Newspapers, Hearts. "Calvin Harris and Special Guest Burns". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "2012 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive 29th December 2012". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Peak positions in the UK:
  6. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Burns". Belgium Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Burns". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  8. ^ "THIS IS BURNS 001- EUROPEAN SEX MUSIC - DIGITAL EDITION". Beatport. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Discogs. "Burns (4) – Turbo EP". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Disko". Pure Connect. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Discogs. "Burns (4) – Teknique EP". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Discogs. "Burns (4) And Fred Falke – Y.S.L.M. (You Stopped Loving Me)". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Discogs. "Burns (4) – So Many Nights". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Discogs. "Burns (4) & NT89 – Traffic". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "MIDKNIGHT / SKEEZER". Beatport. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  16. ^ Discogs. "Burns (4) – Iced Out". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Fred Falke – Part IV (2011)". New Album Releases. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Discogs. "Buy Now – Bodycrash Remixes". Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "WE HOLD ON". Beatport. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "I'm Not Alone". Rhapsody. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "Toxic Is Dead (Burns Remix)". Amazon. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "MESSAGES". Beatport. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "WE ARE THE PEOPLE". Beatport. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "YOUR LOVE". Beatport. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  25. ^ "Gossip* – Heavy Cross Burns Remixes". Discogs. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  26. ^ "MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS -PRIMADONNA (BURNS SFCTR REMIX)". Noise You Should Hear. Retrieved 4 February 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  27. ^ "Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) [Remixes] - EP". iTunes. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  28. ^ "National Anthem (Burns'SFTCR Remix) (4:00)". Last fm ltd. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  29. ^ "Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha) (BURNS’ Violet Cloud Remix)". The Music Ninja. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  30. ^ "Iggy Azalea – Work (BURNS Purple Rain Version) [Explicit]". iTunes. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 

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