"Shut Up and Play The Hits!"
On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden.
LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the
most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity,
ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert
of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving
the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with NEW YORK magazine calling
the event “a marvel of pure craft” and TIME magazine lamenting “we may never dance
again.” SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is both a narrative film documenting this once in
a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the
lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of
Matt Thornley (of LCD Soundsystem) DJ Set
Matt Thornley is a DJ, former multi-instrumental member of LCD Soundsystem and current member of The Crystal Ark who originated from the UK and relocated to New York in 2005.
Matt began working at DFA Records as Recording Engineer for James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy. This led him to work on a variety of remixes and recording projects with the DFA team including assisting Murphy with 45:33, the ‘This Is Happening’ album and the Grammy nominated ‘Sound of Silver’ album.
He has also toured as Live Mix Engineer for many acts including the likes of The Juan Maclean, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Hercules and Love Affair, The Brazilian Girls and Chairlift.
Other projects involved performing on and Engineering for the soundtrack to the 2010 movie Greenberg, Directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Ben Stiller. Matt also did prestigious work arranging and playing music at several Yves Saint Laurent fashion shows in Paris, France.
As a DJ Matt has played around the world over the last few years including performing regularly in New York, having held a popular Friday night residency at Coco 66 in Brooklyn as well as Co-running a monthly dance party called “Magic Plastic”. Playing music ranging from late 70’s disco through italo, electro and house music to contemporary dance and rock tunes. Drawing from his world of driving synths, percussion rhythms and powerful beats.