Matt Gubb – also known as DJ Gubbwa – wants to bring the genre of progressive house music to Wellington.
Drum’n’bass, dubstep, mainstream house – Wellington may already have a rich musical landscape, but a DJ says we’re missing out on an exciting genre.
Brooklyn man Matt Gubb, 28, also known as DJ Gubbwa, is waging his own battle to bring Wellingtonians into the progressive house scene.
Gubbwa says it’s a genre that has been neglected in Wellington at the expense of other more popular styles of electronic music.
“Progressive house is huge all over the world: Ibiza, London, all of America and Australia, but it hasn’t really hit the mainstream in Wellington. It has even made it to Auckland.”
Gubbwa, who comes from a large family of musicians, was sold to progressive house while living abroad.
“I entered the house of the clubbing scene in London, I went to major music festivals abroad.
“I ideally wanted to find a genre of dance that matched my personal taste.”
The music appeals to people in their twenties and thirties, although there has been good feedback from older generations who enjoy it as well, he says.
Although Auckland and other cities have a much larger clubbing scene, Wellington may be too small – only mainstream electro has managed to gain a foothold here, he says.
Gubbwa runs a carpentry business – but outside of the factory it’s all about music.
The DJ says Wellingtonians could benefit from this passionate style of music – “it’s not like any other you can find in the city”.
“The music is a big sort of accumulation with heavy emotional tracks.
“The ideal progressive house set takes you on a sort of journey. It’s not just random songs that get dropped – they’re all related.”
Check out a track from the Swedish House Mafia progressive house supergroup below: