Writer: Sean Hoggard
A young entrepreneur with many business endeavors perfectly describes Matt Talley: DJ; employee of DC coffee shop Maketto; creator of “Diggin’ Thru the Crates;” movie reviewer for blackfilm.com; and author of the children’s book “The Dreams of Scottie Benjamin.”
With all of these jobs on his plate, music is Talley’s true calling. As a young child growing up, his mother would play Jay-Z and Tupac in the household and his father had a career in audio production. Matt’s uncle Tony was a member of a go-go band where he taught himself how to play the piano. Talley lived two houses down from DC rap artist and close friend Tabi Bonney and had a connection with well-known district talent, DJ Alizay. After graduating from Bowie High School, Talley interned for DC rap artist Wale of independent label “The Board of Administration” doing everything from selling Krispy Kremes to working social media.
After selling his childhood home, Matt moved to London. The only thing he knew how to work in his apartment was an old record player. London is where his love of records took off and where he created “Diggin’ Thru the Crates.” The parties are hosted in different cities around the country. While DJs are spinning records, attendees can go through crates on top of crates of LP’s to either buy or have the DJ play next. To date, D.C., Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles are where “Diggin’ Thru the Crates” events have taken place. The idea was created by Talley, who then discussed it with DJ Alizay, who then consulted with his mentor Biz Markie. Markie loved the idea and it took off from there.
When he isn’t traveling, Talley works as an independent DJ, writer, and manager of day-to-day operations at DC’s HR Records on the weekends. The record shop is his safe haven, “I come in and bury myself in records. I enjoy having good conversations with people about music.” He loves to spin Neo Soul Music on the record player. Talley is active with the “Don’t Mute DC” movement and is part of the “DC Cultural Sustainability Initiative.” His favorite go-go band is “New Impressions” saying “I love their sound, that bounce beat.” Talley’s favorite DMV artists are Wale, Tabi Bonney and Rico Nasty. He currently lives in Ward 5 of Washington DC near Chuck Brown Park. “Your feet dictate your mouth. As long as I am active, opportunities will come” said Talley.
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Meet Matt Talley, the creator of “Diggin’ Thru the Crates;” movie reviewer for blackfilm.com; and author of the children’s book “The Dreams of Scottie Benjamin.” he is deeply rooted in DC Culture and he goes by the motto. As long as I am active, opportunities will come” To hear more about this creative you can read about his story in this months edition.