Matthew ‘Bushwacka’ B, a percussionist in the London School Symphony Orchestra who was converted into a member of the infamous Rat Pack after a warehouse party in ’88, has been DJing for over 30 years now. From that first Acid House experience Matthew quickly started playing all over London, holding residencies at four of the most famous clubs in town by the time he was 18 years old. From London the gigs spread countrywide, doing up to 8 shows a weekend, and then into Europe and the USA by 1992.
By 1999 they’d already composed their debut album, ‘Low Life’, released on End Recordings, the label spawned by The End. The album announced the arrival of the duo as a force in electronic music, with a record that brought together electro, house and breakbeat fused with blues, dub and downtempo, all underpinned and informed by their collective experience of underground culture. This inclusive and open minded approach to sound became the blueprint for their future work.
In 2013 Bushwacka! took some time out to focus on his solo Just Be project, recording on Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical and Intec, while Layo created a new empire in Soho, of world class restaurants, applying his magic touch to everything he does. Five years later, Bushwacka! started touring and recording again under his original name, only on select shows and keeping it special for the fans, old and new.
Fast forward to 2019, and Bushwacka! had been releasing massive tracks – starting with his classic track The Healer, with remixes from himself, Carl Cox, Sasha, M.A.N.D.Y and Denney – and just released a second banging single on Ultra Records – Get Up, with remix from Mason Maynard.
After COVID, having to park 3 huge residencies, in London, Ibiza, and New York, Bushwacka took time out to focus on his Vinyl Love Affair live streams, amassing over 2 million views, keeping people all over the world entertained during lockdown. As well as this, he released two albums – Listen Up Vol 1 and 2, remastered versions of some of his classic and rarer productions.
Bushwacka is currently remixing and collaborating with Archie Hamilton, Darius Syrossian, Carl Cox, Pig and Dan, Bedrock Records, Richy Achmed, and writing new singles and albums. On top of this he is rereleasing vinyl only limited tracks from his Plank Records catalog, and other rarities., and relaunching Oblong records. He is still as busy as ever with gigs, playing all over the world as well as holding residencies in Ibiza and London.