Matt Black

Head Ninja, Ninja Tune / Jamm Pro

About me

Matt Black is the co-founder of Ninja Tune and one half of legendary production outfit and live performance powerhouse Coldcut

Inspired by a visit to Japan, Matt Black & Jonathan More primarily created Ninja Tune to release music of a more underground, experimental nature, free from the restraints placed on artists by major labels (the restraints they themselves experienced during brief stints with Arista and Big Life).

Their initial releases were quickly heralded by the press and music afficionados simultaneously. The five volumes of 'DJ Food - Jazz Brakes', saw Coldcut adopt a different moniker in order to release the hypnotic, instrumental hip-hop they'd been working on. Hugely influential on the burgeoning electronic music scene, the releases are still regarded as classics to this day.

Ninja Tune now also acts as an umbrella for other creative hot houses such as Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, and the brilliant Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune, the label founded by Actress. In this way, Ninja continues to release uncompromising, forward looking music in the highest quality packaging and most professional fashion. The label's aim is not to be underground, but to win the most exposure possible for the most exciting music there is.


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