Friday, December 27th
Flash Bar 8PM • Green Room 9PM • Club 10PM
Advance Tickets on sale Friday, November 22nd at noon
All year we dream of Yokoo and Matthew Dekay. Friday December 27th we are making most dreams come true as we host both @Matthew Dekay - YokoO at Flash. A pairing of this magnitude does not happen often. Advance tickets are highly suggested, this one is bound to sell out!
Dutch composer and DJ Matthew Dekay has pushed the boundaries of electronic music for nearly two decades. His training in composition and classical piano coupled with his mastery of cutting-edge technology have been the building blocks to his sonic innovation. Dekay’s DJ sets are instantly recognizable by his distinct signature “groove” where he simultaneously blends multiple tracks, creating a hypnotic composition that captivates the dance floor. His love for a variety of genres in electronic dance music, ranging between ambient, house music, and dub techno, translates to an affection for extended DJ sets.
Dekay grew up in a musical family - his dad was a funk bass/guitar player with an obsession for reggae/dub, and his mother danced in a Romanian folk group. He developed a diverse musical taste, ranging from Satie, Terry Riley, and Vangelis, to Bob Marley and King Tubby.
Growing up in Haarlem, The Netherlands, Matthew was first exposed to electronic music in the early ’90s. Deeply inspired by the early club movement, with legendary spots like the Roxy and iT in Amsterdam, he quickly became obsessed with combining his musical roots with this new wave. In the early 2000s, Matthew had a quick string of successes with his early music productions, and he found himself performing all over the world, ranging from clubs like Space and Amnesia in Ibiza to festivals like the Berlin Love Parade and Dance Valley in Amsterdam.
By 2008, Dekay began to explore new sonic possibilities in the studio with Canadian producer Jimmy Vallance (of Bob Moses). What Matthew discovered in this collaboration was eventually used as the foundation for a new sound; which later became known as the signature sound of the influential party series and record label, All Day I Dream, which Dekay co-founded in partnership with Lee Burridge in 2011. Burridge was eager to develop a party concept that reflected another part of his broad musical taste as a DJ. It wasn’t long before their ADID imprint was a sensation in the New York party scene. One of the first tracks ‘Lost In A Moment,’ which was signed to the Berlin-based label Innervisions, epitomized the ADID sound and quickly became a blueprint all over the world. At the end of 2015, Dekay released a 1-hour cinematic soundtrack, combining a series of works from the evolution of his career without any beats supporting the music. Named after one of his successful tracks “Für die liebe,” which means “For the love,” in German, this highly innovative mix was featured by XLR8R. After the summer of 2016, Dekay decided it was time to leave ADID to further his horizons and exploration in electronic music. In 2017 Matthew took some time off for the studio to try out different techniques and to utilize new technology to push the sonic boundaries of his productions even further, which resulted in a collaboration with a legendary local electrical engineer who has also worked with some of the most avant-garde electronic music producers in the Berlin underground scene.
In 2018, Dekay returned to making dance floor-oriented music. His most recent sets have given us a sneak peak of his upcoming releases on the Mandar’s label, Oscillat, including a collaboration project with S.A.M.. Dekay will also launch a highly anticipated party concept in Berlin later this year. In addition to all of this Matthew has started to release music under his alias, MDK, and is planning to finally release some of his material that has been doing the rounds in the club scene for some time now.
A studio head in the true sense of the word, YokoO spends much of his time pondering basslines and warm synth riffs that heat up dancefloors the world over. With releases on highly-regarded labels such as All Day I Dream, Musik Gewinnt Freunde, Kindisch, Get Physical, Moodmusic and Plastic City, YokoO has marked out a spot for himself in the global electronic music scene with talent being sought after from every corner of the world.
His musical intuition drives his production and his full groove based approach to seductive house music turns heads of many a label boss from Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Matthew Dekay, and Lee Burridge no less. As well as racking up plays from industry reference artists, YokoO’s music has proven time and time again it can reach the record bags of the DJing elite in every continent.
As a DJ, YokoO embraces the dancefloor with a dynamic and honest approach, sparking it up with forward thinking music every time. When you see him play, you can see a genuine love for what he is doing and that naturally feeds back to his audience, fuelling energy and the fever of the dancefloor. The warm melodies work with the heavy basslines to create a unique sound that is deep, but still pumping enough to get the party started - and going way past sunrise.
With a prolific and impressive discography, YokoO has made his mark on noteworthy labels to date with both original releases and a back catalogue of strong remixes. His latest batch of unreleased productions is an intense gathering of melodies, working with a defined sense of groove and depth designed for the dancefloor and beyond.