Fullerton, United States
Hello, all. My name is DJ Shnootz (real name Matt), and I've been involved with electronic dance music since 1996, when my older brother introduced me to the world of trance music (of various kinds, though he was/is primarily into Goa/psy-trance) and outdoor parties. By the end of that year, I started developing my own tastes, and with the help of two French import CDs—The Sound of Acid Core vols. 1 and 2—I began a love affair with acid techno and acid trance that continues to this day. Be it Noom, Choci’s Chewns, and/or the original Acid Test label (on the acid trance end of the spectrum), or Stay Up Forever, Routemaster, or Important Records (on the acid techno end), I couldn’t believe how amazing acid music was. The intensity and variety of 303 sounds just blew my mind, and continue to do so today, even after all these years. Indeed, my feelings towards the TB-303 and acid music can hardly be described in words. I am, as much as anyone can be, an acid-head, an opinion I hold more strongly now than I ever have previously.
So give me the acid techno, acid trance, acid ambient, acidic psy-trance, and acid house—I’ll take it all.
Now, it’s fair to say I took a three or four-year diversion from trance and techno at the turn of the millennium, when I got into stomping hard house in the vein of the early Nukleuz Hardbeat series, though I preferred hard house with an acid element (like the material on Acid Ted’s Acid Test Pressings, or Fickle Records, or Akid Traxx, etc.). Around 2004, though, I recovered my primary love for acid trance and acid techno, and they continue to represent my main interests today. Of course, I also mix psybient, psy-trance/Goa, Ragga Tek/tribal techno, hard trance, hardcore/gabber, and even some melodic trance every now and then. In addition, I’ve long been a fan of hardcore punk rock (e.g., Propagandhi, [UK] Subhumans, Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, etc.), intelligent hip-hop (Del the Funkee Homosapien, Jurassic-5, Sage Francis, etc.), reggae (Pato Banton, Steel Pulse, Bob, etc.), classical music (Beethoven, Dvorak, Khachaturian, etc.), and a few other styles of “organic” music. So, basically, my musical tastes are vast and wide.
In terms of my work as a DJ, I performed at around 40 rave-parties between late 1999 and mid 2003, primarily in Southern California (in the greater LA area), though also in Northern California and Arizona (in the US, obviously). The production companies I spun for during this period were Something Fresh, Neosapiens, Believe, Molecule, and a handful of others I can't remember. In any case, the production company I spun for the most, Something Fresh, stopped throwing parties around 2003, for whatever reason (I guess they went stale?).
Finally, I put samples into my mixes, as I simply love referencing lines of dialogue from movies and TV shows I like. Plus, using themed samples gives my mixes a more personal flavor. That said, all artists of the tracks I use should know that I mean no disrespect by layering samples over their works. Basically, I wouldn’t be using the track if I didn’t think it was awesome; rather, I just like using samples that I know and love, as again, they give my sets a personal style.
Anyway, enjoy the mixes. I’ll rotate them every once and awhile here on Soundcloud, but if you want to check out a large number of my sets, check this page:
by DJ Shnootz
by DJ Shnootz
by DJ Shnootz