Matt Kling

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If anything comes of dance music's recent dip in popularity--confirmed by everything from record sale declines to the closing of N.Y.C.'s venerable Sonic Groove--it's that those still in the game are more motivated than ever.

Need a shining example? Take Philly's own Matt Kling.

With more than 10 years behind the turntables, Kling's resume lists stints as a DJ, promoter and producer. His newest venture Inspirit boasts a roster of seasoned DJs (including Phillip Charles, Mark Pappas and Alex Adrock), and offers original production and one-off area parties. In the interim, Kling manages to maintain a monthly residency at Emerald City along with a weekly radio show on Wilmington, Del.'s WMPH.

"I pretty much learned everything myself on the way," he says. A graduate of the local Cardinal Dougherty High School, Kling, 29, felt the pull of Philly's illicit underground scene as a teenager. Inspired by the thriving pace at places like Rainbow Playground and Club Fever, Kling plunged in with untested skills.

"My sound has definitely matured a lot since then," he says, laughing. Now Kling's sets reflect a funky mix of progressive house and trance as he aims to capture the same emotive vibe of his former raving heydays.

"The dark, sexy, dirty tribal sound with real thick basslines mixed with some of the lighter, more beautiful elements--it's hard to put it into words, but it's something that makes you want to move."

Using DJing as a jump-off point, Kling bounded into promotion with equal ease and brought names like Danny Howells and Scott Henry to Philly's insular club circuit. With Inspirit, Kling hopes to go one step further and counteract what he sees as electronic music's generational backslide.

"There has to be more concentration on further down the line--getting to some of the high school kids and exposing them. Not forcing them to like it, just letting them know that it's out there," he says.

His plan to host Deep Dish in January at Transit is a step toward Kling's biggest dream--an open musical exchange between globally recognized names and Philly's elite DJs.

"Everyone deserves to have a chance to listen to what's going on in the rest of the world. I'm trying to mix the outside with what's local, trying to expose new ideas and inspiration," he says. "Hopefully they'll want to come back for more."



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