Matt Saunders’ latest project, Akela, infuses multiple genres on the warmer side of Bass Music, weaving groovy love stories with happy-go-lucky dancefloor bounciness. Be it House, UK Garage, Dubstep, Liquid Drum & Bass or Downtempo, Akela’s sound envelops the listener with a warm blanket of subsonic affection and intuitive funkiness. Shaping his sets to complement the environment in which they’re played, Akela draws from well over a decade of DJ experience in dance music, and his track selections from the early days of House right the way up to the spankiest new Garage show exactly that. Akela creates positive moods, compelling short stories, and satisfied grins with his careful attention to minute sonic details, commanding the listener’s attention and unconscious wiggling of the pants area.
His contributions to the Victoria music scene are ever growing with his partner Tedder at the successful Future Soul series at The Copper Owl; parties and club nights with his PIC Amy Kirtay at Dub Selekta; and constant behind-the-scenes support of the emerging future music crews in the YYJ. As a producer Akela has recently completed several soulful Liquid tunes, and currently runs The Embassy Podcast which focuses on local talent, as well as the Hydration Mix Series that started in January 2016 featuring BC’s most respected Liquid Drum & Bass DJs and has now amassed over 25,000 listens. Additional recent performances include Tall Tree, Rifflandia, and Shambhala.