A Bit About Me
My dad was a professional musician who presented me with my first violin when I started junior school - to be honest I was a bit young to see the point but I suppose I should thank him for teaching me to read music as soon as I was able to read English!
I progressed through the 'cello, clarinet and saxophone, having a great time playing in various youth orchestras, until I finally picked up my brothers guitar and decided it was for me in my teens. I went on to study classical guitar, then electric guitar and have never put guitars down since.
I have been playing shows, gigs and recording with my guitars professionally for over 25 years and built up a wealth of experience in that time. Although I love what I do, I am always conscious that my first priority is to my customer, whether I am playing on their precious song or at their event so please be sure that I won't be happy with what I am playing if you're not.
Why Use Me?
I am a really versatile musician and am happy playing in many styles, from funk to country, classical to rock - and more. I enjoy fitting in around other instruments and adding depth to a project and am equally at home playing lead, rhythm or acoustic.
Check out what people say about me below
My Playing Philosophy
Look around YouTube and you can see hundreds of videos of guitarists playing some amazing stuff - I spend hours going through them! You'll see singer/songwriters accompanying themselves, guitarists playing classic solos and licks and classical players creating amazing contemporary versions of old tunes.
This is really brilliant but playing a session is not (usually) a chance to steal the show. For me it's more about handing over the building blocks that will create the finished masterpiece.
I'm as happy laying down a picked track that will underpin the song with the drums and bass as I am creating a screaming melodic solo to take the tension higher.
Quite simply, I'm not here to show off, but to be part of what you create, either up front or in the background.
"WE USED MATT ON OUR LATEST PROJECT AND WE WEREN'T DISAPPOINTED. HIS MUSIC HAS ADDED A LOVELY DIMENSION TO OUR LATEST AUDIO BOOK. AFTER BRIEFLY EXPLAINING WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR, MATT CAUGHT THE VISION ALMOST INSTANTANEOUSLY AND WAS ABLE TO DELIVER EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEDED. HE WILL NOW BE OUR GO-TO MUSIC PROVIDER"
CHRIS COOKE/DIRECTOR/ARTHURSCOOKE PUBLISHERS
"MATT'S GUITAR TRACKS ARE PERFECT FOR WHAT I NEED, AND ALWAYS PERFORMED IMPECCABLY, RECORDED CLEANLY AND TURNED ROUND QUICKLY. MATT IS FLEXIBLE, PLAYS IN A HUGE NUMBER OF STYLES AND CAN PRETTY MUCH DELIVER ANYTHING GUITAR-BASED THAT YOU NEED - I'VE WORKED WITH MATT FOR MANY YEARS NOW AND CAN'T RECOMMEND HIM HIGHLY ENOUGH."
SIMON RUSHBY / SONGWRITER & COMPOSER