Matt Howes is a globe-trotting DJ hailing from Norwich in UK. Whilst he’s literally putting his hometown on the map with every next step he takes and spanning the breadth of the planet for gigs and appearances, what he also does almost by default is connect with people on a very human level… and he’s very much aware of this natural responsibility he carries with him.
‘Scratch: The DJ Matt Howes Documentary’ has been a labour of love by a small team of university students and has had quite the process over the last 6 months. From having raised money with Kickstarter crowdfunding and with the support of a network of great individuals who also feature in the film such as renowned UK DJ Tim Westwood (BBC/Captial Xtra) UK grime artist Devlin (Universal) and actor Richard Wilson (BBC). Within days of releasing the documentary online only, it has had well over 100K organic views and thousands of comments, retweets, shares… and rising by the day. And all this with minimal publicity or promotion, which gives an indication of the kind of natural support Matt attracts with what he does.
“My story resonates with many and it’s not just because I’m one of the worlds most unique DJ talents. I’d like to think that when people see me live, or hear about me… or even watch my story in this documentary; that it will make them think, wow… if Matt can do it, then so can I!” says Matt.
The 15 minute documentary goes through Matt’s journey since an accident 4 years ago in which he lost his arm. But what the documentary also does so perfectly, and credit to the full team involved, is it captures in 15 minutes the very ingredients that have made Matt achiev all he has achieved so far… and an almost certainly that he will keep on achieving due to his incredible and natural hunger for what he does so well.
Matt has always been keen on proving to his audiences and the world as a whole that he is all about ABILITY and he does not like what the term (DIS) ability insinuates to anyone… heck, just 2 weeks after his accident abroad he was out of hospital and playing to thousands in a club, never having done so with just one arm.
Being able to adapt in life is what Matt has made look easy and it’s just a small insight into his natural character, his strength and very much his awareness of what his actions mean to others around him. But foremost from his professional standing, is the talent that drives everything… without which none of what he has achieved and is destined to achieve would be possible.
Many respond by saying that Matt’s story makes them feel lucky, and others are simply left inspired to get through whatever struggles it is they may be experiencing in their own lives and to feel motivated to keep fighting. Matt exudes a combination of natural passion, incredibly adaptive talent and all mixed with a sense of purpose he has come to recognise as so much bigger than even himself:
“It’s been 4 years now since I lost my arm in the accident and looking back now, it naturally took my life in a completely different direction. I believe everything happens for a reason, and despite the daily challenges, the major ups and all the downs… this is me and I’ve reached a place now where I don’t need to sell what I am on this Earth to do. I’m doing it already and if people want to support me or not it doesn’t matter but if by doing what I do I can inspire or encourage others to also pursue their dreams, then I’m happy!”
You just have to spend a few minutes talking with Matt and his love for what he does will instantly be clear. He leaves you feeling like anything is possible, and that life is to be lived today… that no one should wait years and years doing what they don’t want to do just because they feel like they have to.
If you have a dream, an ambition, if there are things you want to do with your life… do them now, start planning and get on your path sooner rather than later. That’s the message Matt is advocating wherever he goes.
And if there are obstacles, which there are for everyone wherever you may be in the world… face them head on and do what it takes to get through the difficult moments. And more than everything else… make all the tests become your strength that makes you stay human, and become a really good human at that too who everyone wishes to be around.
In addition to DJ’ing around the world as a pro DJ, Matt is a charity ambassador for the Limbless Association and Reach charity in the UK and has also been working on his own music production this year with some remix work and a debut single all about to get released.
Look out for a project with exuberant New York based EDM DJ and artist Ian Erix who is signed to Ultra Music / Sony Entertainment
And beyond the talent and the music… Matt is also quite the natural soundbite machine, regularly coming up with some great sayings in every day conversation. With the natural glint of perseverance and passion in his eyes, he comes out with one of his latest:
“Be confident in knowing that I ain’t messing about! I’m gonna take my talent as far as I can take it, and I’m not going to stop! Just call me LIMB-ITLESS if you like!!”
Two words… Legend… Genius!!!
Do also check out the following video to learn a little more about Matt’s story:
And here is Matt’s record breaking mix on 4 DJ decks:
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