I play tenor, bari, and alto saxes, flute, melodica, and keyboards for sessions in a wide range of styles. I've played on over 75 albums and toured a bunch. Lot's of jazz, soul, funk, R&B, afrobeat, and brazillian music. I will often stack horns and also provide a rhodes, B3, or piano part. Jobs vary so I'm happy to work with your budget.
Check out some of my projects on the soundcloud playlist below, which includes some of my originals, as well as some tracks I did with The Rhythm Roots Allstars,Tribal Global, and Insects Vs. Robots. I did all the horns (including arranging), flute and keyboards.
Here is a quick bio:
Based in Los Angeles since 1997, Matthew DeMerritt plays tenor, alto and bari saxes, flute, keyboards, percussion and melodica. In addition to composing and playing his own music he has been a busy session and back up musician touring with the likes of Macy Gray, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, Brazzaville, Allen Stone, Brother Ali, Breakestra, Action Figure Party, Talib Kweli, and Rakim among many others. He has recorded with artists as varied as Andra Day, Eels, Nine Inch Nails, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Everlast, Jim Bianco, Damon Aaron, and Diana Krall, and has worked with many great producers including Beck, Trent Reznor, Quantic, Nicola Conte, Greg Kurstin, David Foster, Gabe Roth, and E. He can be heard locally with a variety of bands including the Mudbug Brass Band, Dakah, and Double G's Ninenet, and supporting singers Brenna Whitaker and Gaby Moreno. Most recently he has been a primary collaborator on De La Soul's Grammy nominated album "And the Anonymous Nobody," and appears periodically on "The Late Late Show," augmenting the house band "Reggie Watts and Karen."
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- Macy Gray
- De La soul
- Brenna Whitaker
- Rhythm Roots All Stars
- Ghostface Killah
- Talib Kwali
- Big Daddy Kane
- Brother Ali
- Sharon Jones
- Barrington Levy
- Raheem Devaughn
- Jim Bianco
- Nikka Costa
- Allen Stone
- Gaby Moreno
- Reggie Watts and Karen
- George Clinton
- Nine Inch Nails
- Ben Lee
- Damon Aaron
- The Jade Vincent Experiment
- Spanky Wilson and the Quantic Soul Orchestra
- Charlotte Gainsbourg
- Jamie Lidell
- Diana Krall
- Nikki Yanofsky
- Mudbug Brass Band
- Action Figure Party
3 ReviewsEndorse Matt DeMerritt
Incredible musician, great sound, friendly guy. I really got the impression that Matt put a lot of care into the parts he recorded for me. Highly recommended!
Matt DELIVERED! Awesome sax part. Loved working with him.
Matt was a pleasure to work with-- he is kind and exercises an attention to detail, while also providing a flexibility with his instrumentation style. Overall such a pleasure to work with, with a refined musical sensibility and immense talent. Thank you, Matt!
Interview with Matt DeMerritt
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Sax or flute solos, and stacking Bari and Tenor for parts (I call it instant Memphis).
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My go to mic is the Coles 4038 ribbon right into an apollo quad interface. I also use an octava 319 modded by Michael Joly for flute and room. I use Protools, Reason, and a deep library of keyboards sounds. I also have my trusty Fender Rhodes Mark I suitcase.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Knock it out.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Heart, soul, pocket, vibe, flavor, drama, mood, feeling.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Sax solos and horn arranging
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Blue note hard hard bop soul jazz with a little Maceo and Fela thrown in.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been at it for about 30 years. Just started playing in bands and never stopped. Moved from Denver to LA in 1997.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My three saxes, a flute and a piano.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The more prepared you are and the clearer your vision the easier it is to get what you want from a session musician.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own album (after all these years).
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: The De La Soul record, "And The Anonymous Nobody." I spent five years with those guys along with "The Rhythm Roots Allstars" co-writing that album. I learned a lot about collaborating and the creative process in general, and also honed my engineering and editing skills.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The delight in making something from nothing.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll pour my heart and soul into my work.