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M. J. Cole
Background information
Birth name Matt Coleman
Born 1973
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres house, UK garage
Occupations Musician, Record producer, DJ
Years active 1997 - present
Labels Talkin' Loud, Prolific Recordings
Website Prolific Recordings

M. J. Cole (born Matt Coleman, 1973, London) is a British house and UK garage producer and remixer.

Career

In his youth, Cole learned to play the oboe and piano, and attended the Royal College of Music. He also played piano on BBC Television's Young Musician of the Year programme.

He later discovered computers and turntables, and ended up working as a sound engineer for the drum 'n' bass label, SOUR. Cole is regarded as one of the innovators of the 2Step or UK Garage sound, popular during the late 1990s and early 2000s, several of his tracks are on the UKG CD series Pure Garage. However, his roots lie in Drum and bass, the format in which he created many of his early records. He moved towards a 2Step sound and experimented with various pseudonyms, such as Mat-Lock, eventually settling on M. J. Cole.

Cole produced a song called "Sincere" in 1998 that he composed in his bedroom with a sampler and an Amiga. One of the twenty test pressings of "Sincere" was received by Pete Tong who started playing the tune on his national radio show. Cole signed on Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud label where he produced his first album.

His debut album was the Mercury Music Prize nominated Sincere (2000), and he followed up this with the less successful Cut to the Chase (2003). In 2002 he selected tracks for a compilation album for the Back to Mine series, which focuses on tracks suited to post-club relaxation.

In December 2009 he was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3.[1]

He is currently releasing new material on his own record label, Prolific Recordings.

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