AUS based violinist with jazz/pop/electronic/classical music background. I have studied classical violin throughout school and also completed a bachelor of music performance in jazz, and perform with multiple bands and groups across Australia. I can arrange and record strings from my home studio in Melbourne and also experiment with effects pedals.
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1 ReviewsEndorse Matt (ORCHA)
Matt composed a 3.5 minute score for a short animated film I am directing.
Matt is great to work with: he was very professional throughout our correspondence, and put effort into understanding our vision for the score. He implemented all the changes we asked for after hearing the first draft, and the final product came out perfect.
Overall, Matt is a creative and skilled musician who went above and beyond to bring the score to completion. I cannot recommend him enough!
Interview with Matt (ORCHA)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out learning violin at school (I went to a Steiner School and everyone in the class had to learn strings) and studied classical violin until the end of high school. After school I went to university and studied jazz violin, experimenting with pop, electronic, bluegrass, latin and classical styles. I have been playing violin in bands and solo for over 20 years now, and my current project ORCHA is an exploration of violin sounds in electronic music.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic, pop-rock, singer-songwriter and folk/jazz are my main styles that I work on.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is improvising on the violin, experimenting with effects on the violin, arranging and recording string section parts for contemporary music and mixing strings.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can bring an improvisational jazz/folk tone to a song, or simply layer up string section parts. I can arrange moving orchestral/ensemble type strings and record them easily by myself. I am proficient in mixing and will provide a high quality export of the sound you require. I can also provide experimental "synth-like" sounds from my violin, to create a unique tone that will lift your music and add an element of interest to your sound.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually like to get the chord progression and melody as a starting point and then build my string arrangements around that. I layer strings one by one over the recording, mixing and editing as I go. Occasionally I will get a full string ensemble to come in to record a song, but that costs a lot more and takes a longer time.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have built my own studio in Melbourne called "Natural Habitat Studios" where I write, compose, arrange, record and rehearse for my own music and for other projects. I have good quality mics and interface to record strings, as well as some great gear so that I can run my violin direct into Ableton.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Andrew Bird is a master of weaving violin into popular music and has a beautiful tone and playing style. As someone who plays both Folk and Electronic/Pop music using violin as my primary songwriting instrument, I find his style very interesting and inspiring.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I get asked a lot to record violin for singer-songwriters, arrange string section parts for all styles of popular music, experiment with violin sounds run through guitar pedals and effects on Ableton Live.