Universal Tree // Matic Mouth

Universal Tree // Matic Mouth


06/10/2017 - 07/10/2017


8:00 pm - 2:00 am


This event has already happened, so can't be booked.


The Big WoW. See venue details and map...


£10 adv / MOTD

Universal Tree started as a studio project in 2016 fronted by Steve Edwards in collaboration with DJ Parrot aka Crooked Man and Michael Somerset Ward. 

Born out of a love of classic soul, funk, psychedelia, dance and RnB, Universal Tree have structured a sound which is at once forward thinking with a classic feel. They’d like people to dance but also to think about what’s going on in the world today.

Steve Edwards has worked with a host of dance music’s most influential names including French dance music alumni Cassius plus Bob Sinclar, Basement Jaxx & Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell. He is 2x Grammy nominated, a World Music Award winner & has 4 US Billboard Dance #1s.

Crooked Man, signed to cool as f*ck NYC DFA Records is the latest incarnation of Sheffield dance music legend DJ Parrot (Richard Barratt) who’s other notable career highlights include Funky Worm & All Seeing I.

Michael Somerset Ward is one of Sheffield’s most successful songwriters having written hits for Alison Moyet, Was Not Was and Take That to name a few.

Their debut album has been recorded with Dave Lewin with single releases set for 2018.

The live set up includes a nucleus of Joe Moscow and Philippe ‘Ninja’ Clegg. Their debut gig proper was part of Tramlines 2017 for the Ka-Bal-Dayer at Sheffield Plug.

Universal Tree say “This event at the fantastic The Big WoW will be special as it will be streamed live online, as part of Sheffield’s Sensoria Music & Film Festival 2017.  We are super excited to be asked to be involved!”.

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 Matic Mouth is a solid figure in the local northern music scene, recent times have seen him as part of hip-hop collective Clubs & Spades, who upon their first release achieved the ‘Record of The Week’ position on Charlie Sloths BBC Radio 1 Rap Show with their single ‘Clearer Coast Ft Tom Prior’. Matic has a very adaptable style and this has led to working with a variety of artists from soul singer Steve Edwards ‘Bob Sinclair – World, Hold On’, indie/rock band Reverend & the Makers ‘Heavyweight Champion of The World’ or more closer to home musically with artists like Coco, MC DRS or producers like Sticky Blood and Toddla T, the latter requesting his voice for an uncredited, spoken word feature on the first single ‘BlackJack 21’ from his new album.

Fresh off the back of two recent ‘one artist, one producer’ collaboration projects, the most recent being ‘VOIR’, an anthemic and amped up E.P. that further cemented Matics scope for creative ability and high level of penmanship. The E.P. was wholly played, highly praised and championed by BBC Radio Sheffield as well as the local BBC Introducing team, making the last two annual ’Top 50 Tracks’ lists, along with being played by Huw Stephens on his respective show. 

This brought Matic in to the new year strong, and with an amazing ‘no-hypeman needed’ stage show, he was booked for several live performances, the most notable being the Outlines Festival in Sheffield, where he received rave reviews on his showmanship, after being requested to perform in place of a no-show artist higher on the bill, this again cemented Matic as a performer of the highest calibre. As he approaches mid-2017, Matic finds himself booked for two high profile gigs, a headline slot for BBC Music Day and the opening act for the 2nd Main Stage at the Tramlines Festival. 

With his latest offering ‘iWant’, Matic continues to show his scope for creating artistic and conceptual music. The track has already been premiered on BBC Radio Sheffield by DJ Christian Carlisle, again hooking up with Ethan Ryan, who’s last production with Matic also hit BBC Radio. This is a track with a vibe suited for a midsummers evening, with Matic poetically portraying a vision of his world as he sees it and wants it, a world of positivity and higher thinking with people of a mutual understanding. With an amazing video to accompany it, ‘iWant’ is another example of great musical and visual artistry as Matic continues to lead us on a white rabbit tour in to the musical unknown.




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