The St. Catharines native grew up listening to music heavy on both the drums and the bass, namely hip-hop, metal and jungle. He’s been a drummer for 13 of his 26 years, having played “everything from Godspell to jazz” while in high school. Bombaman (aka: Matt Carl) played in rock bands, learned to DJ and experimented with music software, going on to study at Recording Arts Canada in 2003.
It was after he’d graduated and moved to Toronto that Carl met people like Brandon Sek and producer XI, got deep into dubstep, and started making music he cared to share.
Bombaman’s thick, booming productions — generally clocking in at dubstep’s core tempo of 140 beats per minute, the happy middle ground between house and jungle — have been released on a number of underground labels, including La Dubstep Nostra, Lo Dubs, Aufect and Electrostimulation.
These days, Bombaman tracks like this year’s “Exia” and his bootleg remix of Enur’s “Calabria” are receiving play from international biggies like Crookers, Rusko and Diplo. The latter, in fact, put forward Bombaman’s name for remixing duties on Laidback Luke and Diplo’s single, “Hey!,” newly released on England’s Southern Fried. This heavily-blogged reworking showcases the dubstep-electro hybrid Carl has lately been attacking dancefloors with.
Not only is Carl being asked to create remixes — with mixes for San Fran dubstep artists DZ (originally from Ottawa) and The Spit Brothers in the works — his DJ bookings have picked up. He’s gone from “playing once or twice a month” in T.O. to touring much of North America and now being booked in large local venues including The Guvernment and This Is London.
Given that his sets consist largely of his own material, Carl is looking forward to producing more originals. He’s just finished a track with Chicago producer Steve Gerard and is currently contemplating “new ways to mangle sub-bass.”
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- DZ – Les Drouges
- Pogman & Dead Manners – Jungle Strike
- Kromestar – Icey Water
- Bombaman – Diminished Seperation
- Moldy – Through The Rain
- ?? – Tainted Dub
- Skream – Pick Ya Knees Up
- Bombaman – Bushido Robot
- Mikix The Cat – Hip Notic
- Supere Secrete Boneur Jamme
- Confield – Polaroid (Lucky Beard Remix)
- Mumdance & Brodinski – Eurostarr (Keith & Supabeatz Remix)
- Marcus Price & Carli – Mat, Bira, Kvinnor, Weed (Kingdom Remix)
- Green Velvet – Lala Land (Crookers Remix)
- Plump DJ’s – The Knife (Future Beat Alliance Remix)