Like most artists his age, producer/DJ Gammer, née Matthew Lee, first discovered electronic music through the booming bass of UK hardcore some 20 years ago as a kid growing up in his hometown of Northampton, England. Within years of first uncovering this new music world, he became one of the scene’s leading figures. He was once considered one of the premier UK hardcore artists ever and was among the genre’s most prolific producers. He’s got the trophies to prove it, too: Gammer previously won the coveted Best Hardcore DJ title at the Hardcore Heaven Awards for six consecutive years. That’s on top of launching his very own UK hardcore imprints—Muffin Music and Together We Rise, the latter of which he co-founded alongside some of the genre’s giants—and globalizing happy hardcore, a genre for which he’s credited as an icon and founder.
Fast-forward to the present day, and Gammer has entered his newest artistic chapter, which sees him breaking out of the subcultural fringe of the hardcore scene and experimenting with new styles and foreign sounds. These days, Gammer makes whatever the fuck he wants to make—no sound is off limits.
As early as 2016, Gammer broke new ground and began experimenting with genres as diverse as dubstep, trap, psytrance, and bass music. His collaborative remix, alongside Darren Styles, of KAYZO’s “â€‹Born Againâ€‹” features all the Gammer markings: hyped-up drums, saccharine synths, and intense drops, updated with a neck-snapping dubstep breakdown. Elsewhere, his 2017 remix of SLANDER’s “â€‹Superhumanâ€‹,” which has racked up +3.8 million Spotify streams, mixes his high-energy bass with potent slabs of tripped-out psytrance, while the triple-team on “â€‹Party Don’t Stopâ€‹,” currently standing at +2.6 million Spotify streams and +1.5 million SoundCloud plays, sees Gammer joining legends Darren Styles and Dougal on a melodic bass bomb.
Most recently, Gammer has crafted a hardstyle-fused, bass-centric sound with massive crossover appeal that’s truly impossible to classify. On “â€‹Over the Edgeâ€‹,” a collaboration with KAYZO, Gammer mixes pop-infused vocals from singer AU8UST atop a bright future house framework and bouncy melodic beats; to date, the track has garnered +3.4 million Spotify streams and counting.
Gammer’s discography also includes the 2017 â€‹The Drop EPâ€‹, via Monstercat, led by the breakout title track, which counts more than 3.5 million Spotify streams to date. A certified festival anthem over the past two years, “The Drop” became the most played track at EDC Las Vegas 2018 and one of the most popular songs at Ultra Music Festival 2018 in Miami. On the remix front, he’s reworked everyone from EDM titans like Marshmello and Jack Ü to electronic heavyweights like Porter Robinson and A-Trak & Baauer, in addition to releasing original songs and remixes on top labels like Ultra Music, Fool’s Gold, Monstercat, Insomniac Records, and, most recently, DJ Snake’s Premiere Classe Records.
As a live performer and DJ, Gammer has built a global presence and international fan following throughout the years. His frenetic, genre-blurring DJ sets have taken him across festival stages around the world—including high-profile performances at Creamfields UK, EDC Las Vegas, EDC Mexico, and Global Gathering, among others—in addition to his own headlining tours across North America and beyond. On any given set, Gammer will traverse all sorts of genres and sounds, from trap-tinged bass, speaker-knocking dubstep, and terrorizing hardcore—and then some. Gammer is also known to amp up the DJ tricks behind the decks via complicated mixes, experimental mashups, double drops, and even some live beat-making.
Gammer is today taking his chameleon-like, trademark sound into a new era that’s defined by the indefinable and the unpredictable. He’s experimenting with new genres, he’s injecting new sounds into the scene, and he’s taking the culture global—all on his own terms.