Matt the Electrician

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  • Matt the Electrician Record Release/Trapped in Nashville in a Blizzard Party!!

    This show was on Jan 22nd, 2016 | 62 people watched
    3 Comments
    • Jan 22
      you were the best part of the show
    • KSB
      Jan 22
      Matt was delightful. Thanks to Robby and Anne for let him do a show from their house. Hope Matt makes it to Boston soon.
    • Jan 23
      Great show y'all! What a wonderful idea and it sounded great (Matt, I really like your guitar).
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  • Boston Acoustic Takeover: Matt the Electrician

    This show was on May 26th, 2014 | 50 people watched
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    • May 26
      Matt is outstanding and the informal character of the concert is very enjoyable. The transmission and connectivity with the internet could be much better.
    • ssd
      May 27
      Matt's performance was terrific, as always. A nice mix of new and old songs. Unlike a previous reviewer I had very few issues with the video and sound streaming, only a few very short pauses. Concert Window is a great way to at least get to peek in on live music that I would otherwise miss. Thanks for a great show, Matt. You signed an Animal Boy CD for my grandson a couple of weeks ago in Houston and I was able to give it to his mom this weekend. She was thrilled. He wanted to eat. (He's 1 and seems to share a lot in common with Arlo at the time you wrote that one!)
    • May 27
      Matt is amazing and his performance was top notch, as always. His performance deserves 5 stars. But the streaming sound quality is so distorted and poor I will never again use Concert Window.
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Bio

Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It's folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century as opposed to, say, the old-school thrill of hopping trains.

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Despite the name, Matt the Electrician is no longer an electrician, focusing instead on a music career that has spanned the course of two decades, a dozen records, and literally thousands of shows. It's folk music for a modern age, rooted in lyrics that focus on the realities and challenges of the 21st century as opposed to, say, the old-school thrill of hopping trains.

"I don't generally write mining disaster songs”, he explains. “I tend to write about things that have happened to me and my family. Songs about the small things in life, which, to me, are really the big things.”

With his newest project, Matt gets by with a little help from his friends. Throughout 2015 and 2016, he's focusing on a string of 7-inch vinyl singles. Every new release will focus on collaborations with different artists who've crossed Matt's path over the years, including the bluegrass band Wood & Wire (who appear on the very first installment of the vinyl series), experimental solo musician Little Brave, and others. Rather than record an entire album's worth of material, then carefully plot the album's release for months, Matt the Election will release the 7-inch records as they're finished, with each new release following its predecessor by three or four months. The goal? To get new music to his fans as quickly — and creatively — as possible. The icing on the cake? Matt gets to extend the collaborative spirit that's been present in his music ever since his very first gig in Pacific Grove, CA, when he invited his high school classmates to join him onstage.

"The coffee shop paid me in tips, free coffee and a sandwich," he remembers of that teenaged gig. "I had to fill three hours, and I only had two songs, so I invited all the friends I knew — kids from the school orchestra, friends, other kids who had started writing songs — and the show wound up being 'Matt and Friends.' That was 25 years ago…and that's what I'm still doing."

Years before moving to Texas and launching his career as a boundary-breaking, working-class folk musician, Matt Sever grew up on the West Coast. His parents, a union carpenter and a seamstress, played John Denver and Pete Seeger songs on the family record player, and Matt spent his earliest years surrounded by the things that would later fill his own music: acoustic guitars, timeless melodies, lyrics that celebrated the joys and heartaches of everyday life, and — above all else — a strong work ethic.

That work ethic served him well in the mid-1990s, when he moved to Austin in search of new horizons and better opportunities. Matt was already playing music by then, and in need of a steady day job to help pay the bills, he began working as an electrician, spending his days wiring houses in the sweltering Texas heat. Once quitting time came, he'd grab his guitar and drive himself to an evening show, usually taking the stage in his work boots and sweaty clothes. "Hi; I'm Matt the Electrician," he'd tell the crowd, hoping his occupation would help explain his appearance. The name stuck, even after his growing fanbase at home — as well as abroad, where he's since become a frequently-booked musician throughout Japan and Europe — allowed him to hang up his pliers for good.

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