For the love of the music
Matt Freter knows exactly where his love of performing electronic music began. He distinctly remembers the open-air block party at the corner of 15th St. and State St. Looking up at the DJs performing from the balcony and watching the party goers dancing below he knew this was something he wanted to do.
“After seeing them and looking at how much fun everyone was having, and having this deep love for electronic music and dance music, I just thought ‘wow, this is something I could really do,’” Freter says.
Freter, or DJ Matthew Future as some may know him, is currently a sophomore in the Diederich College of communication at Marquette University majoring in advertising. He is studying communications but his true passion lies in performing and producing electronic music.
“A lot of people are more ‘bedroom DJ,’ just making mixes to pass the time and don’t really care about performing live,” Freter says of his passion. “I started out by saying that I want to be able to do this live. I want to do this in bars. I want to be able to do this in clubs.”
Freter was able to get an opportunity to perform at local bar Murphy’s through a friend, and from there his love for performing only grew. In fact, he loves performing so much that he performs twice a week at two different local bars. Freter can often be heard Thurs. nights at Marquette staple Caffery’s, as well as at Murphy’s Just around the corner on Sat. nights.
Life isn’t all raves and relaxation for Freter though. The difficult hours that Matthew Future, the DJ, maintains to perform cause significant interference in the daily life of Matthew Freter, the student. Often, his sets don’t end until well after 4 a.m. Usually he doesn’t to sleep because he also works another job Fri. mornings as a valet at the Aloft hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
On top of all this, Freter commits more than 25 hours a week to practicing his craft.
“People don’t realize that DJing isn’t a three hour thing that you do on the weekends because you are bored,” Freter says. “I spend a significant amount of time practicing at my turntables or just listening to music that I can use in my sets.”
The big trick, Freter says, is just being nocturnal. He has gotten used to the nightly routine. Carrying his gear back to his dorm room from the bars, making himself a cup of coffee, and then turning around to go right to work.
Even counting all of the sleepless nights and the constant preparation, his academics don’t suffer. Freter managed to schedule all of his classes for Mon. through Thurs. and maintains a B average.
“I just have to have this mindset that I am going to get all of my work done in the early part of the week because I know that I am going to be absolutely worthless on the weekends,” Freter says. “I even tell all of my friends that I am not going to be able to see them on the weekends because I will probably be working or sleeping.”
While many college sophomores are chiefly concerned with figuring out how to chase their dreams, Freter is content living in the present. Though some have suggested to him that he could make some money as a professional DJ right now, he simply wants to stay in school and keep playing his music.
“I really do love this,” He says. “I love performing and I want to keep doing it in the future, but my primary concern is school. I want to get a degree, and get a job at an ad agency, and I want to be able to have that security. At this point in time, DJing is just a paid Hobby for me.”