Growing up in Karratha, a small mining town in the Pilbara on Western Australia's Northwest coast. Matt’s first steps into music began when a kindly school teacher lent him an old guitar which had blown out the back of a 'Mini Moke’ and a sheet of paper with a few chords written on it. He managed to get the odd lesson here and there when he could but mainly taught himself to play from books and old records. The rugged landscape and isolation of the Pilbara gradually infused itself into his songwriting and music. Inspired by great artists like Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young, he took these influences to form his own unique and distinguishable sound.
Being somewhat of a nomad, Matt has spent much of his adult life coming and going here and there, mostly scratching out a living playing music or doing the odd real job when times get a little tough. As such he has performed in all far-flung corners of Australia, from Mining Towns on the West Coast, Darwin and the surrounds of the Northern Territory, 5 Star Hotels in Capital Cities, Cooktown and Far North Queensland to the tropical Islands of The Whitsundays.
2005 saw the release of his debut self-titled album. This set the ball rolling, sometimes forward…sometimes backward. Always perfecting his songwriting and the craft of making a cohesive album of work. In 2009 he released his second full album ’The Blue Light Show'.
Matt moved back to Perth in 2012 and built himself a home studio. His first foray into recording his own music and a big learning curve. He built the studio, bought the gear, learned how to use it, wrote the songs and recorded the music. From that studio came the EP '5 Songs' and 2014's album 'Are You Ready'.
With itchy feet, he hit the road again in 2015 and ended up back in good ol' Airlie Beach. Queensland had always been kind to Matt and has allowed him to get a foot in the door to the Festival circuit, with the opportunity to play at 2015's 'Airlie Beach Festival of Music', 'QBBBB Festival' and ' Beef to Reef Festival'.
He has since been a regular of ‘The Airlie Beach Festival of Music’ with further performances in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The new album ‘Circles’ was recorded at The Bomb Shelter Studio in Nashville, Tennessee in early April of 2018 and released on 1st October. Produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Ettes) and Co-produced by musical virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Jon Estes (Bela Fleck, Kesha, Steelism). The album is a songwriters collection of indie folk-inspired sentiments of love, heartache and longing. Matt went back to the roots of his songwriting and to the core of what it’s really all about.
The instrumentation stretches itself from a minimalist view on tracks like ‘Sailing On’ and ‘New Love’, through to a fuller sound on numbers such as ‘Heaven Cares’ and ‘Sunday Morning’. Carefully engineered by Andrija and Jon the tones are pure and true, leaving room for Matt’s vocal timbre to breathe its life into every delicate moment.