DJ Matt Kays

Friday Night - 11:30pm to 11:50pm @ Aggie Theatre | All Ages

Pleasantly Funky Beats

DJ Matthew Kays is a Colorado based mixshow disc jockey for nightclubs, festivals, concerts, and special events.
 
Disc Jockey (deejay, Disk Jockey)
: one who plays recorded music for dancing at a nightclub or party
(Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
 
DJ Matthew Kays incites any crowd to dance regardless of their age group or preference of musical style. Matthew always flavors his sets with genre-bending delights yet sticks to the right format and sound for the moment. It is DJ Matthew Kays’ mission to share the love and connection that dance music is built on while bringing together musical styles that coexist but don’t often mix. 
 
In his youth, DJ Matthew Kays made mixtapes in his bedroom and he DJ’ed at house parties in college at Indiana University. A move to Colorado in 1996 landed him a spot as a radio show host at KBUT-FM in Crested Butte that lasted for two years. Then he went to his first all electronic dance music event. 
 
Attending that one event set DJ Matthew Kays on a career path that has continued for over a decade. During the following years, Matthew quickly gained experience with a short gig at Denver's KUVO-FM, a job at a record shop that only sold DJ 12” records, and was a featured performer at countless nightclubs such as the award winning dance music destination Soma (Boulder, CO) and at dance music events throughout the region.
 
In 2000, Matthew created a DJ department for a chain of independent record stores, Finest Music and Movies, where he led an operation that spanned three cities and serviced the local turntablists, producers, hip hop and dance music DJ’s for the next seven years with DJ gear, mixtapes and compilations from the most influential dance music DJ’s and record labels of the time. That job also led Matthew to move to Fort Collins, CO where he resides today.
 
During the 2000’s, DJ Matthew Kays also held down a mixshow for over two years on KRFC-FM that featured house music and was also a featured guest mixer on KCSU-FM numerous times as well. Through these years, Matthew promoted dance music events in Fort Collins and performed with international DJ talent and also found himself performing with Grammy award winners and nationally touring acts. Out of town gigs and performing at festivals and concerts became the norm for DJ Matthew Kays over the decade.
 
DJ Matthew Kays notably held the longest continuously running house and electronic dance music formatted club night in Fort Collins at The Vault ( at 146 n College) for 9 years, from 2001-2010. 
 
Kays has appeared at festivals, concerts, and night life events all around Colorado and beyond and over the years and has gained notability for consistently inviting new listeners to his pleasantly funky sound.
 
Currently, DJ Matthew Kays has numerous continuous DJ mixes available on Mixcloud.com. Kays released the mix Access Beats for streaming and as a free download in December, 2012. This Indie Dance/Nu Disco/Deep Tech House DJ Mix is widely available online, appearing on dozens of electronic dance music web sites, blogs, and podcasts and has received positive reviews from US dance music bloggers Goodbeats.com, multi-national European House Music Social Network, and more.  Access Beats 2 - FoCoMix is a recording of Kays' live set at FoCoMX 2015.  Get links to Matt's mixes at DJMattKays.com
 
In 2013, Kays started Mountain Event Services - an event entertainment company, which performed at or provided services for over 100 events in 2014 and was sound and lighting provider for 2016 Old Town Halloween Zombie Fest.
 
Kays reappeared on Fort Collins dance floors in 2015 with several shows at The Whiskey, and in 2016 DJ Matt Kays had numerous successful public performances including a deep, sunny set at Pride in The Park, a bumping Aggie Theatre Prince tribute at FoCoMX, a few radio guest mix appearances, and Matt moved the zombies during 2016's Old Town Halloween Zombie Fest.  In 2016, Kays also began the monthly #LoveWins dance party at R Bar and Lounge at 107 East Laurel, where you can find Matt DJing house and dance music the 3rd Friday of each month in 2017.
 
  
 
 
After years of feeding energy to and getting energy fed back to him from the crowd, DJ Matthew Kays has finally become the man to call to make the kids dance.