Matt Bacon

Fingerstyle, Rock & Spanish

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Matt Bacon on SoundBetter

Tasteful, melodic, memorable guitar parts that complement YOUR project. My music has landed on Spotify Editorial playlists - I know how to add an edge to your songs. In India, I have the honor of being the only guitarist to perform with a Symphony Orchestra, premiering the "Concierto Aranjuez" - I have recorded for AR Rahman & other global acts.

I have acoustic, 12 string, nylon, electric & bass guitars at my disposal to fill out your artistic needs. New demo? Struggling with ideas? I can help guide the arranging process, give double-tracks, layers & pan different parts to create a beautiful layered texture & open up the sense of space & intimacy of your song. I specialize in creating a wide, stereo image of small, deliberate parts without a wasted note.

Everything must have purpose.

As a composer in the traditional sense of the word, I'm also able to notate string arrangements & chord charts. I've honed these skills while studying at Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University where I had a merit scholarship for classical music, as well as winning several national & international competitions for my guitar playing.

My NUMBER ONE priority is balance - not showing off or over playing. I'm flexible & communicative.

Many tracks, movies, singles, EPs, film scores, orchestras and projects I've been a part of have earned millions of views on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, BBC Radio & Bollywood.

"You're in good hands" - I'm currently endorsed by Kepma Guitars, Procraft India & Gibson who in addition to supporting my playing, also help sponsor my Chennai Guitar Fest, which I am the founder and Artistic Director. It is the biggest acoustic guitar festival in South India.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

24 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Paul M.
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    Matt was a pleasure to work with! Excellent communication, super fast and great quality work! A real pro who knows his stuff. Look forward to working with Matt again in the future.

  2. Review by Sudha Kumar
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    Matt is meticulous and super dedicated. His bass and harmony chords were really beautifully thought of! He dropped all his STEMs in a nicely arranged manner on my project folder, and we plan to work together on more projects. His strings are a great compliment to my vocals for my Indian music projects.

  3. Review by Sujit N.
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    Matt is insanely talented and it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences working with him. His guitar playing skills are next level, but his communication is also the best that I’ve come across on Soundbetter. He walked me through each stylistic choice he made, gave me regular updates, and delivered a really polished final product.

    Seriously impressed and cannot wait to work together on another song!

  4. Review by Nasrul E.
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    Having worked with Matt twice before, it was only natural I approached Matt again to record guitars for a full-length song. After listening to the demo, Matt proposed to record all the parts including drums, bass and several guitar layers. His one-stop shop made it easier for me to track everything with just one person. His frequent updates on his progress also put me at ease that everything is going well. He pays attention to your needs and executes it accordingly. Highly professional!

  5. Review by Ben V.
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    Absolutely perfect collaboration. Matt has great intuition , experience and amazing skills to add wonderful musicality to a project. This was really good fun , am really happy with the outcome and am looking forward to more projects in future.

  6. Review by Nasrul E.
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    Matt is a brilliant musician and an endless reservoir of ideas. I shared a demo of an acoustic piece and he converted it into something very beautiful, adding depth and colour to the music. Truly a delight to work with. He is extremely efficient without any compromises to the quality. Highly recommended.

  7. Review by Nasrul E.
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    Matt is an exceptional professional. He captured everything I was looking for in a guitar-based track for a film score - he provides meaningful suggestions to improve your work and ideas. Could not ask for a better musician to work on my film score. Most definitely the musician I'll turn to for any upcoming job.

  8. Review by Ratnang Singh
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    Versatile, thorough, great communication and super fast delivery. Played various styles to suit the song and gave me enough extra material to work with. Highly recommended!

  9. Review by mark n.
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    Awesome job with many options and easy to deal with on the project will use again in the future

  10. Review by Marcus N
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    Awesome job Matt sounds great easy to work with on this project

  11. Review by Anders E.
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    Once again an amazing work by Matt. He delivers everything you ask for ...and more.
    The track really comes alive when he plays the guitar. He got it and he is your man. No doubt!
    Also a supernice guy...hire him!

  12. Review by Anders Ekblad
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    Well, this must be one of the best to hire on guitar here on SoundBetter. I hired a lot of people but Matt is exceptional I must say. He always send me a lot of different takes so I can choose which to use. I appreciate so much the good communication, the fast delivery and the super high quality.
    I already hired him for more guitarplaying on upcoming tracks! So if you're looking for a professional guitar player he is your guy!

  13. Review by Jagadish P.
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    It's been a pleasure to work with Matt. He has been very proactive and gave me different options to pick and choose which made my life easy. I loved his quality of work.

  14. Review by Jagadish P.
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    Matt is an amazing musician who goes above and beyond to give the best possible for the song. I am so thrilled to find someone like Matt on Soundbetter. He tried 25 different stems and gave me options on pick and choose. He is super quick and the quality of work is amazing. I want to surely work with him again for another song.

  15. Review by Anders E.
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    First time working with Matt. Wanted acoustic guitars and man what he delivered! He gave me a lot of different tracks/options and the communication during the process was great. Appreciated just that so much!!
    He delivered superqualitystuff...very skillful/talented and I couldn't be more happy. This guy I can highly recommend! Of course I will hire him again.
    Thanks Matt!!

  16. Review by Karan Sajnani
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    Matt is a rare piece of work. From writing delicate arrangements with rich and sensible voices to shredding away a screaming electric guitar solo, he takes on both with an effortless sort of playfulness. He's a wonderful musician and a fantastic guitar player. Respect!

  17. Review by Mahima Vaidya
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    Matt Bacon plays intricate and soulful classical guitar pieces that portray his undying passion for this art form. His experimentation with various styles is nuanced and appeals to listeners from various musical backgrounds. Highly recommend you to give his music a listen.

  18. Review by JB
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    Matt’s one of the most creative musicians I personally know. He’s a genre defying guitarist with knack for exploring the outer reaches of the guitars limits! Highly recommend as a featured artist for any projects or performances you have.

  19. Review by Anupam Roy
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    Matt is a dear friend and colleague of mine at my workplace. Apart from being a great teacher, he's sincere and passionate about his work, which is amply evident in the output. His dedication towards music is infectious on people around him, and I have benefited from his knowledge and expertise on multiple occasions in the past, in the form of collaborations and consults. I endorse Matt and his work warmly.

  20. Review by Jimmy Bunch
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    Matt Bacon is a beta male, it's true, but he's really good at the guitar. (Lol.)

    Matt is a dear friend of mine, and a colleague where I teach. I'm happy to support him in this effort. He's a caring and passionate teacher, a sensitive and musical player, andpays great attention to detail. The rep he chooses is pleasant and engaging. Worth repeated listening.

  21. Review by DonPadet555
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    A wonderful musician, composer and performer. Matt delivers a top-class performance, with his wide range of tone color and charismatic stage presence.

  22. Review by Orlando Ambrose
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    Matt Bacon is an amazing guitarist. He is a great western classical guitar player and an amazing electric guitar player too. His skills with various genres and elegant guitar playing is mind blowing. Very groovy and emotional with his performance too. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a guitar player to record with.

  23. Review by Frank
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    Matt is an incredibly talented musician whose refined ear, virtuosic guitar skills, and artful interpretations make him a compelling performer and collaborator. Well-versed and capable in all styles and genres of music, Matt can fill any guitar-related need you may have; I'm happy to give him my highest recommendation.

  24. Review by Rofia Ramesh
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    Matt's style of playing is very 'present' and absorbing, almost haunting, in its charm and sincerity. He's an artist with a rare touch of both authenticity and spontaneity who adds a distinct flavour to every one of his compositions. Maybe that's why it's hard not to keep hearing his music in mind long after you've pressed the stop button on the phone.

Interview with Matt Bacon

  1. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  2. A: Anders Ekbald - vocals

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Realistically you need a combination of both nowadays to make music, but the old records like Beatles, Stones, Zep, CSNY & old 50s Jazz in mono mixes have so much warmth & character. It all comes down to how the performance was captured.

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: Getting to lend a personal touch to songs.

  7. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  8. A: I'm currently collaborating with a Tamil rap group who are behind the viral Enoma Saani YouTube channel. We have about 10 songs - rap is not my preferred genre of music, but these guys write absolute bangers, and give me fre reign to play whatever I want. They always come up with clever and cool ways of sampling my parts & mixing it with sound design that includes water, rain, nature & found sound they record to give their music an organic edge.

  9. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  10. A: My Spotify album of original acoustic guitar instrumentals, which I've composed based on themes from the Odyssey and ancient Summarian influence.

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: Shredding. I will NOT overplay on your song, unless it musically calls for it.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: What inspired you to write this track or work on this project? Whats the purpose of it?

  15. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  16. A: Acoustic guitar, classical guitar, 12 string guitar, laptop & a bunch of sheet music paper

  17. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  18. A: I'm 30 now and have been living in India teaching at a music college. Here, I've collaborated on Bollywood films to everything from Tamil Raps songs, I also founded the first international Guitar Festival in south India. I have a book published by Mel Bay on arranging music for Indian raags, and am currently composing music for my next Spotify album, after being featured to 540,000 followers on Editorial playlist Classical New Releases.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Purposeful, layered, but some-what-nuanced guitar parts. George Harrison.

  21. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  22. A: Always save your first takes, because even if there is errors, there's always a first-take rawness that adds character to a track.

  23. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  24. A: Acoustic, Rock, film scores, classical, ambient, and singer-songwriter

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: Knowing when enough is enough. Due to my classical music training, I've got a good sense of balance. There is no ego if every song doesn't turn into Hotel California for the guitar part. My goal is to bring together simple, purposeful playing that complements the songs.

  27. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  28. A: Taste, balance and most importantly - RESTRAINT

  29. Q: What's your typical work process?

  30. A: I listen to the track & on sheet music, dictate parts and highlight places in the session that will be good opportunities to bring out the guitar part. Then, I play through it twice and listen back. After assessing what's working and what needs improvement, I go and hammer out those parts. Ideally, I try to send tracks that are one continuous take, from beginning to end of the song so it has a more natural performance quality. Then I send a sample to the producer or songwriter, and tweak it with their input when asked.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: Right now I'm stuck at home - one condenser mic, a DI into my Focusrite Clarett 4pre & a Marshall amp all running into Presonus Studio One Pro. For guitars - I have Alhambra & Yamaha classicals, an Epiphone 12 string, Kepma FG acoustic guitar (my fav!) 2 Gibson Les Pauls, and a Gibson SG Standard. For rock stuff, I have a vintage Tubescreamer & Crybaby wah that I've had for decades from my dad.

  33. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  34. A: Jimmy Page, Julian Bream, Coldplay, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, John Mayer, Pace de Lucia, Genesis

  35. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  36. A: I frequently record acoustic fingerstyle & rhythm parts for singer-songwriters and classical guitar for film scores. In terms of electric guitar, I serve tracks in a Jimmy Page-meets-Brian May style of layered guitar with memorable, simple parts.

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Masala Blues

I was the Guitarist, engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Turnaround time flexible & at project's discretion - as fast as one hour if urgent, or one week if a large project I always send my "scratch" takes to give a sense of my approach - then 3 revisions

GenresSounds Like
  • Led Zeppelin
  • George Harrison
  • Andrés Segovia
Gear Highlights
  • Kepma Acoustic
  • Epiphone 12 string
  • Gibson Les Paul
  • Gibson SG standard
  • vintage TS808 Tubescreamer
  • Cry Baby Wah
  • Alhambra & Cordoba Nylon guitar
  • Focusrite Clarett
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SoundBetter Deal

Discount rate for pre-funding multiple tracks or albums! For people needing several types of guitar playing on the same project, I can offer a "project rate" rather than a rate per track.