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MATT CONSOLA [Producer / Remixer / DJ]
Completely devoid of the politics, ego & attitude, which run rampant in the music industry, Matt Consola is a sincere and genuine producer/DJ, who consequently has a long and impressive list of International credentials & accomplishments. America’s hottest clubs and circuit events have depended on Consola as their resident or headlining DJ. A veteran of over 20+ years, Matt got his start headlining such night life institutions as San Francisco’s now infamous Gus Presents: Metropolis, Colossus & the Sunday institution Pleasuredome at the legendary 1015 Folsom, 715 Harrison and Club Townsend. Matt is currently the traveling resident DJ with America’s largest traveling Bear Party called Bearracuda, that as of 2014 is in 51 cities in 5 countries and still expanding (wwwbearracudasf.com). In addition, Matt founded the San Francisco based record label Swishcraft Music that has spawned an International Radio Show on 511 stations on five networks and an imprint label launched the summer 2013 called BOUNZ!
As a hometown favorite in San Francisco, Matt has headlined America’s largest Pride and Street Fairs, performing to crowds of over 200,000, and has headlined San Francisco’s internationally renowned UP YOUR ALLEY, Folsom Street Fairs, SF Gay Pride, and Lazy Bear/Harrison Street events. As an artist in support of his 2011 Swishcraft Music singles “Midnight” and ‘Coming Back” with vocalist Brenda Reed, Matt & Brenda performed the main stage of the San Francisco 2011 Pride Festival and in 2012, Matt headlines again as one of the DJ headliners. In 2009, Consola had the honor of opening for The Pet Shop Boys at the historic Warfield Theater for their sold out Pandemonium World Tour Sept. 22nd & 23rd, 2009, which lead to dates at the infamous House of Blues and others across the country and Canada.
In addition to a very successful iTunes hosted Podcast called Adapter, which averages 30,000 downloads & streams a week, and a Saturday night, hour-long radio mix-show called Swishcraft Radio on the Sobel Nation Radio Network, Wild Cat FM, G-Radio Network, Dance World Radio.com and the HotMaleRadio Networks, Consola launched Swishcraft Music in 2012 (www.swishcraftmusic.com) dedicated to vocal house tracks rich with vocals and melody, a style near and dear to his heart. Drawing from a talented pool of San Francisco & Bay Area producers, many of which are also fellow members of the SF bear community, Consola has set out to create a unique record label that features local talent, while still utilizing his International friends and collages to give the packages a well rounded feel. Noted Swishcraft Music projects brought together International dance producer Saul Ruiz with Two-Time Grammy Award Wining Singer/Songwriter Matt Alber to cover the Fleetwood Mac classic “Dreams.” The track immediately shot to #1 on the Music One Radio Charts where it remained for 10 weeks before its official release on April 9th 2012. And in the winter of 2012, the Swishcraft hit “Amazing” by Mars & Vans feat Adam Turner became a worldwide club and chart sensation when it was licensed, not once, but twice by Abercrombie & Fitch for the launch of several European flagship stores as well as used as their Facebook holiday campaign theme song and in their in-store runway video campaigns. See A&F Video here. By 2014, Swishcraft Music has released 49 singles and 3 compilations and growing. As a remixers going by the handles Matt Consola, Swishcraft or Bounz!, Matt Consola has had close to 25 remixes on major and smaller labels. In 2014, his Matt Consola & Leo Frappier Anthem mixes were included on the official Warner Bros promo releases for the Billboard Top 5 & #1 singles - Cher's "I Walk Alone", Carmen Elektra's 'Werq" and Alina Arrts' "High Enough."
IN THE NOT SO DISTANT PAST…
As a founding partner and producer of the early 1990’s dance-chart label, Redzone Records, and a member of the UBL Recordings Group, Matt co-produced and remixed several Billboard and DMA Magazine hit singles with business partner, mega-producer Keith Haarmeyer, such as “Ooh Child” by Trish Vogel, “All I Ask of You 2000” by Vicki Shepard, “That Man of Mine” by Sugarshop featuring Cindy Mizelle, and the current 2003 #1 dance chart hit single “I Got A Feelin’” by Vicki Shepard. In addition, Matt and his partners licensed, branded, promoted and distributed over 25 highly successful dance compilations for their own labels, radio stations, clubs and national events. In 2000 Matt expanded his business to include the servicing of corporate America. It was at this point he was granted a wonderful opportunity to produce for Vanity Fair.
As a Circuit DJ, Matt’s career exploded in 1999 due large in part to his much loved and highly successful DJ Mixed CD Series, Circuit Grooves, on Redzone Records. In just a few short months, this kid who had never left the US, suddenly found himself playing for thousands in England, Ireland, Greece, Mexico and Canada. Not to mention headlining some of the biggest International Festivals, RSVP Cruises and Circuit parties, including the SF & LA Pride Fairs, as well as The Folsom Street Fair, Up Your Alley, The Palm Springs White Party, and the Black Party just to name a few.
Matt got his start as a prominent mix-show DJ throughout the early 90’s in California, with radio station KSJS FM, and a nationally syndicated Windy City DJ’s, through station KWSS-FM both in the San Francisco Bay Area. He held a six-year tenure with DANCE MUSIC AUTHORITY Magazine (DMA), one of America’s most renowned and internationally revered dance music publications at the time. And it was at that time that Matt became and remains a voting member of NARAS’s San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Recording Academy (The Grammy’s).