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"Completely wonderful solo acoustic loop-based music" Mike Keneally (guitarist Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ulver)
Matt Stevens is a critically acclaimed solo artist from North London, also known for his work with The Fierce And The Dead. An instrumental artist, he uses an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal. He recently signed to Esoteric/Cherry Red records for the release of the album Lucid which features members of King Crimson, Knifeworld, Chrome Hoof and Frost*. He was nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Prog award in 2014 and is touring Europe as support to Tim Bowness.
Matt Stevens is a musician and composer from North London. An instrumental artist, he uses an acoustic guitar and sampler to create multi layered tracks live. This is often called Live Looping. His music has been described as "a guitar orchestra". He plays live all over the UK and listens to Sonic Youth, Carcass, Nick Drake, Cardiacs and King Crimson. He was nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Prog award in 2014 and is touring Europe as support to Tim Bowness.
Recent gigs include opening for RM Hubbert, Jon Gomm, Thomas Leeb, Daevid Allen, Tim Bowness, Mike Keneally, Colin Edwin, Thomas Leeb etc He has released 3 albums Echo in 2008, Ghost in 2010 and Relic in 2011. His 4th solo album was released by Esoteric/Cherry Red Records in 2014 to critical acclaim and feature guest appearances from members of King Crimson, Knifeworld, Frost*, Naked Truth, Crippled Black Phoenix and more.
His music has been a "word of mouth" success thanks to the support of hundreds of bloggers and podcasters. Supportive press in Classic Rock, Prog, Guitar Player, Rock-A-Rolla, Acoustic and many more. Radio play includes BBC 6 Music (Gideon Coe), Resonance FM, Echoes (US) and numerous digital and web stations. He also plays guitar in the instrumental band The Fierce And The Dead and writes a column for Acoustic Magazine.
Acoustic Artist Of The Year - Somojo Magazine 2011
2nd in Best New Artist in the 2011 - Prog Magazine Readers Poll
Breakthrough Artist Prog award in 2014 (solo nomination)
Limelight Award (nomination with Fierce And The Dead) - Prog Magazine Awards
Best Musician - House Of Progression Awards
"One of the 25 guitarists who are changing the guitar" Australian Guitar Magazine
"An effortless display of cleverly arranged and resourceful playing....(an) acoustic masterclass" Classic Rock Presents Prog (live review June 2011)
"A one man guitar orchestra" Acoustic Magazine UK
"Ghost is a phenomenal piece of work that has already garnered countless frothing plaudits within the online prog and post-rock firmament. Wholly instrumental and insanely inventive.. an internet phenomena in the making. "Classic Rock Presents Prog
"(A)quirky, inventive, mostly upbeat, and entirely delightful instrumental album...While the music occupies its own creative zone, I found myself free associating names such as Brian Eno, John Martyn, Tom Verlaine, Anthony Phillips, Yo La Tengo, Steve Tibbetts, and even Radiohead while listening" Guitar Player Magazine US
"a poster child for the digital revolution that has taken over his country and much of the world in the past 10 years....Stevens' passion for music creates a poignant and moving expression in every composition that he delivers" Alarm press magazine
"A solo album that I can only describe as magnificent. So inspired, anything thus guy touches is genius, from guitar to bass to... mellotron? Oh yes, you know you want this." Veins Dried Out