Matt The Electrician Embarking On Expansive 7” Series, First Edition Arriving October 23rd
Each 7” Will Be Recorded With A Different Collaborator, Including Dana Falconberry, Wood & Wire, Little Brave And More
August 24, 2015 - Matt the Electrician decided it was time to try something new. Having spent nearly two decades building a fervent fan base for his music, touring 150-plus days a year and regularly drawing hundreds out to shows in his current hometown of Austin, TX, Matt wasn’t sure if a typical album cycle was the right path for a working class musician like himself. Instead, Matt is embarking on a 7” series of releases (with digital distribution as well), beginning with the first on October 23rd. Each 7” release will find Matt collaborating with a different artist, including Dana Falconberry and Little Brave, with more collaborators to be announced. Each 7” will be released when they’re finished, following their predecessor by three or four months.
For the initial 7”, Matt worked with Austin , TX bluegrass upstarts Wood & Wire. Matt’s expertly distilled songcraft is buoyed by Wood & Wire’s acoustic instrumentation. “Bear” is a gorgeously rendered examination of growing old and living in a constantly expanding city. “Never Had A Gun” immediately draws you in with it’s opening lines “never had a gun, think it would be heavy, if I was the only one,” driving forward with gorgeous harmonies, instantly memorable melodies, and banjo and mandolin wrapping around heavy acoustic guitar strums.
The collaborative nature of the 7” series goes all the way back to Matt’s very first show 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."
Matt the Electrician, aka Matt Sever, is one of Austin, TX’s most beloved songwriter and performers. He’s been hailed by the Austin Chronicle for the “rickety yet near-perfect settings for his sincere, quirky observations of life,” and the Austin American-Statesman says “like a seasoned storyteller, he maximizes the power of his words by carefully choosing which notes to accent and which to leave alone.”
Matt moved to Austin in the mid-1990s, in search of new horizons and better opportunities. He 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.
For more information on Matt the Electrician, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, 917.703.8361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.