‘Infectious’ - Rocksound magazine. ‘Perfecting the formula [of modern Indie]’ Uncut magazine. Where energy, electronic and organic instrumentation meet is where I specialise. With over 15 years of experience in producing, writing and touring music all over the globe, I am keen to see your songs both deliver on the record and on the stage.
I am a multi-instrumentalist, known for bringing energy and creativity to the stage & studio.
I have been involved in music, composition and performing & touring since childhood and turned my hand to contemporary music in my teens, discovering a passion for the bass. I studied at the Nexus Institute of Creative Arts in 2002/3 where I co-founded the rock band [dweeb]. Over the subsequent nine years we went on to secure record deals, play hundreds of gigs around the world, release two studio albums and star in a documentary for the BBC.
Now an experienced session player, educator and endorsed artist for many, I continue to play worldwide alongside award-winning artists and musicians, as well as being part of the faculty at Nexus ICA.
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Interview with Matt Donald
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I’ve been involved with professional music in varying degrees since I was eight. Classically trained as a singer, then an orchestral instrumentalist before turning to synths, bass playing and producing in my teens. Now I’m 15 years in to working with musicians, touring, building live rigs, producing tracks and writing music.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: The age old question(!). I was always an Analog guy but Digital is definitely up to the task now. I would still say analog synths have the edge & the same is true for fuzz, drive & all preamps but digital for everything else.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m currently working on my academic profile alongside my artistic one, so right now - I’m working on the possible publication of some research I’ve undertaken.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I mean what I say. Always. In all ways.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have a clear vision of where you want to take this?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Start a conversation. Your art is most likely the most important thing to you, no one gets it like you do. So don’t work with anyone who doesn’t get it either. Start the conversation & see what happens.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I have found that limiting choices always yields great results. Too often we can find ourselves with ‘option paralysis’. Today you can do so much just your iPhone let alone a powerful studio, that I find when working clients, too many options is just too much. Quickly cut your options to find a more considient and coherent sound.