Gammer

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Gammer
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Gammer (right) and DJ Dougal (left) in 2000
Background information
Birth nameMatthew Lee
Born1985 (age 32–33)
Northampton, England, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active2000–present
Labels
  • Monstercat[1]
  • Essential Platinum
  • Muffin
  • Maximum Impact
  • Nukleuz
  • Quosh
  • Together We Rise
Associated actsKayzo

Matthew Lee (born 1985 in Northampton), known professionally by his stage name Gammer, is an English UK hardcore music producer and DJ.[4][5] He is best known for his association with happy hardcore, of which he is described as an icon. He is also the co-founder of the Together We Rise record label, which is dedicated to hardcore music.[6]

Biography[edit]

Regarded as one of the most prolific producers in the United Kingdom hardcore scene,[7] Gammer initially began his musical career as a hard dance before switching to hardcore. He has also produced many UK hardcore songs under the name Matt Lee. One track in particular, Go, caught the attention of Andy Whitby, who signed him to AWsum.

Gammer first appeared in the hardcore scene in 2002 and has since released songs under the Essential Platinum label. A large majority of his songs on the label come from collaborations with Dougal, the label's founder who discovered him,[8] although he also released under his own label, Muffin Music. He also releases with other artists of the hardcore genre, such as Hixxy and Darren Styles. His songs have also appeared in compilation albums, such as Bonkers.

In 2006, Gammer released A New Feeling, which was awarded "Song of the Year" at the Hardcore Heaven Awards. In April 2007, he founded Muffin Music, releasing a promotional mix. Between 2008 and 2012, he was awarded "Hardcore DJ of the Year", an award previously held by Darren Styles. His 2010 award is shared with Dougal.[9]

In 2016, he participated with Styles at the 20th edition of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. The pair would also headline the Darren Styles b2b Gammer event in 2017. Gammer is currently signed to Monstercat, where he's released titles such as "Party Don't Stop", "Over the Edge", and an extended play, The Drop, whose self-titled song[10][11] is one of the most played festival dubstep songs of 2018.[12] Gammer has collaborated with fellow producer Kayzo for multiple songs including "Forever"[2] and "Over the Edge", the latter of which was released on 11 August 2018.[3] In July 2017, Gammer collaborated with Darren Styles and Dougal to release the single "Party Don't Stop", which was released via Monstercat.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gammer Masterclass – The Drop Deconstruction". DJ Mag. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Medina, Sophia (12 August 2018). "Kayzo & Gammer Release New Collaboration "Forever"". EDM Sauce. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Rishty, David (11 August 2017). "Kayzo & Gammer Bring Fans 'Over the Edge' With Bouncy House Single". Billboard. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  4. ^ Antoon, Becca (30 August 2018). "Genre Roulette with Gammer (Monstercat)". DJ Mag. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  5. ^ Jenkins, Dave (30 October 2017). "We Need To Talk About Gammer". UKF. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Happy Hardcore Is Massive: An Interview with Gammer - NEST HQ". NEST HQ. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  7. ^ Coultas, Jimmy (6 July 2015). "Five For the Funk: Kutski's top five scratch routines". Skiddle. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Gammer – Artists". Insomniac. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Gammer - Artists". ADE. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  10. ^ Landon, Fleury (23 November 2017). "Gammer's "THE DROP" Finally Lands on Monstercat". Your EDM. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  11. ^ Danny (6 August 2018). "Gammer - THE DROP (Fransis Derelle Remix)". EDM Sauce. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  12. ^ Stone, Katie (10 July 2018). "Gammer is Back With "The Drop (Remixes Pt. 1)"". EDM.com. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  13. ^ "DARREN STYLES, DOUGAL & GAMMER 'PARTY DON'T STOP'". Mixmag. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  14. ^ Milovich, Amanda (21 September 2017). "DJ to Watch: Gammer". Relentless Beats. Retrieved 10 October 2018.