Matt Anniss is an author, journalist, copywriter, speaker, DJ and content creator with over 20 years experience. He’s best known for his work as a music journalist and author, but has also written about a wide range of other topics, most notably technology, sports and the Internet.
As an author, Anniss rose to prominence following the publication of his critically acclaimed exploration of bleep techno and the foundations of the “UK bass” sound, Join The Future: Bleep Techno and the Birth of British Bass Music (Velocity Press, 2019). He is also the co-author of the best-selling Haynes Publishing title The Vinyl Manual, a celebration of record collecting culture written alongside Patrick Fuller. Anniss has also written countless non-fiction books for children and young adults, including “how to” titles on DJing, film-making, podcasting and music-making, as well as a series focusing on the history of different styles of popular music.
Anniss began his career as a print journalist, first on Internet magazines (What’s Online, Practical Internet, Internet Made Easy) and then the short-lived MP3 Magazine. He spent eight years working on International DJ Magazine (IDJ), the last two of those as Editor. Since going freelance in early 2009 he has written for all manner of websites and publications including Resident Advisor, Juno Plus, DJ magazine, Mixmag, Rugby League World, Rugby League Express, 220 Triathlon, Triathlon Plus and Red Bull Music Academy Daily. In recent years he has focused almost exclusively on music journalism, specialising in historic aspects of dance music culture.
As a copywriter, Anniss has written liner notes for music releases, sales notes and release sheets for record labels, and artist biographies for booking and management agencies. He has planned and implemented PR campaigns and worked as a volunteer media specialist at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. For 16 years he was also the media manager of community rugby league club Bristol Sonics.
Anniss’s reputation within the electronic music world has also offered him the opportunity to appear as a speaker, host and panelist at a number of festivals and conferences. These include Inner City Electronic, the Alberta Electronic Music Conference, No Bounds Festival and Machina Bristronica. He has also DJ’d at numerous clubs, festivals and events (both solo and alongside regular DJ partners) and is the host of the monthly Vibes From The TR13E show on Noods Radio. Anniss is an avid record collector and acquirer of microscopic musical knowledge. He lives in Bristol, UK, but regularly travels to the city of his birth, Sheffield.