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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 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 is compared with artists as diverse as Radiohead and Robert Fripp. He plays live all over the UK.
Recent gigs include opening for Jon Gomm, Mike Keneally, Colin Edwin, Barclay James Harvest, Fish, Touchstone, The Reasoning etc at venues from The Peel to The Great Escape in Brighton to Islington Academy to the Supernormal festival.
He has released 3 albums Echo in 2008, Ghost in 2010 and Relic in 2011. His 4th solo album will be released by Esoteric/Cherry Red Records in early 2014. His music has been a "word of mouth" success thanks to the support of hundreds of bloggers and podcasters. Supportive press in Prog, Guitar Player, Rock-A-Rolla 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.
"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