Matthew’s relationship with music began in his childhood with piano lessons and learning to play the guitar. It went from a hobby to a career when he began learning how to mix audio. He became a lead audio engineer and equipment manager and soon began playing the keyboard and guitar on stage and even singing and performing songs he wrote. It was through that experience that Matthew realized the power of music and found a feeling of awe in how it can make you dance, cry, yell, and laugh.
From there he branched out to DJing weddings for friends and family and that’s where he learned the more playful side of music and fell in love with being able to get people moving and singing along.
Matthew has now found a home with the DJ Cuttlefish team where he DJs weddings and events in Atlanta.
Matthew describes his DJ style as free-flowing, nostalgic, and energetic.
His favorite part of DJing is being able to contribute to a memorable moment in people’s lives, whether that be a dance, birthday party, or wedding. He knows people may not remember the exact music being played or even who the DJ was during their special moment, but he can help make sure they always remember how they felt – happy, free, and enjoying life to the fullest.
Matthew believes a successful party is when everyone goes to sleep tired, sore in the feet, and smiling about the memories made.
When preparing for events, he puts himself in the shoes of the client and guests, learns what their goal is, and finds a way to achieve that through his role as the DJ and plans the set list and atmosphere from there.
His go to dance move? Drake Hands. A lot less manicured, but they end up moving like Drake. A little bit cheesy, a little bit cringey, but a whole lot of expression. Gotta love ‘em.
A good time to Matthew is time well spent with friends and family. If there’s carrot cake, his favorite dessert, even better. In his free time, you can find him taking a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoying the quiet outdoors by hiking and camping with his significant other. He describes his personal style as relaxed, comfortable, and practical.
If he won the lottery, he would make sure his closest loved ones were taken care of. What a saint.
Matthew speaks rudimentary levels of Cambodian and is always improving his skills.
Who better to DJ your event than someone with a big heart who loves music and all the feels he can create with it?
“It honestly was great Schellie was very helpful and understanding. Customer service was excellent, and the questionnaire was very helpful. The communication with Matthew was perfect. He helped provide suggestions for the father and daughter dance since it was my step dad and I wanted to include him. Matthew also helped us with our first dance songs, and we incorporated a handshake. I also shared with him a playlist of a few songs me and my husband like. So that he got an idea of our different genres. Matthew was on time and made everything run smoothly. We moved a few things earlier because we were ahead of schedule. During the event, I have nothing but great things to say. Everyone was happy with DJ Matthew, he made things run smoothly and interacted great with his audience. As a team, you did great. It turned out perfectly! I am glad we booked the DJ with you because you were accommodating and priced better than any other DJ we quoted. Also, providing a monogram design with no extra fees is excellent. ” – Millie Gomez, Latin American bride
“Matthew was absolutely amazing! He showed up on time and was prepared with all the necessary equipment! As soon as he was set up he began to cultivate a wonderful vibe in the event space and that energy continued throughout the evening. With ease Matthew worked through the decades and provided an amazing musical experience! Would highly recommend for any event in the future!“
“We saw DJ Cuttlefish at Slow Pour Brewing and loved his music choices. His personality shined when he was behind the DJ booth and I hope we get to see him again soon. Thank you!”
“We had Matthew as our DJ and loved working with him. He was able to seamlessly mix our playlist in with his own selections and keep the dance floor packed all night. Our friends and family are still talking about how much fun we had. 10/10!!!”