Mateo Rey (Matt McAree) was born and bred in Belfast, Ireland. He started producing at the age of 15 after playing bass guitar for a while. He moved to Amsterdam and Ibiza for a number of years very close to the music scene. He also became fluent in Spanish while living in Ibiza and Mateo Rey is an almost literal translation of the original Gaelic meaning of his name into Spanish. Mateo later came back to Belfast to run very successful club nights showcasing the best of Underground Belfast, working with most of the recognised local techno, house and D'n'B DJs.