I'm a wordsmith and a linguist first and foremost. Let me use my command of prose to express and convey your ideas with eloquent rhyme-schemes and clever word play. I love to twist the English language to it's limits and celebrate just how versatile and beautiful it can be.
I have been writing songs for roughly 20 years, now. I'm an avid performer and involve myself in every facet of music from recording to event-planning/booking/hosting. I currently do freelance sound design for commercial productions in collaboration with an animation studio. I am also in the process of recording an EP - as such I am reticent to publicly release unfinished works at present. I am more than happy to provide samples of my work on an individual basis, though! I check multiple times per day so message me anytime for a speedy response to any inquiry you may have.
As far as more musical provisions: I sing cleanly or with a mean, bluesy rasp. I can make an acoustic guitar sing, and rock one more energetically than many electric players. I have a home studio and am able to provide high quality tracks on request. There's not much I can't do with an acoustic guitar so get creative!
Prices may vary slightly dependent on the scope of your ambitions so get at me and let's work together to transform the empty air around us into art!
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Interview with Matt Goodfellow
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I wrote a piano score for an independent film that was premiering at a festival in Europe. It was the first time I'd ever made money from music and it was a remarkable feeling!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My EP, and about to begin doing all of the sound design for a full-length animated commercial!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not quite yet but that should be changing very soon!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: They both have a place, I prefer analog myself but I'd be lost without digital resources as well. Tough one.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will use every last drop of inspiration and creativity I have to see your project through.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The autonomy!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I've been lucky to have worked with people who are very diverse in their knowledge so I don't field many questions. Mostly "how much will it cost", "how long will it take", and "could you just change this one LITTLE thing?". HINT: Time and money are directly proportionate, revisions are also a function of this equation :P
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Well, I do a lot of things but I'll address lyric-writing as that's my true area of expertise. I would have to say that it is a misconception that it's easy. Yeah, rhyming isn't terribly difficult, but there's so much more to it. I think lyrics and poetry are great exercises in minimalism - saying more with less. There are also rhythmic and phonetic elements to consider, all of which help to illustrate the desired narrative. I could go on for days but I have a lot more of these to answer :/
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I think it's important in any project to have a clear sense of the "why" behind it. I want to know about the individual and what is motivating their creativity. How am I supposed to help you realize your vision if I don't bother to peek through your lens?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: It all boils down to personality and what individual sensibilities are at play. The most important thing is how you communicate with one-another. Talent only goes so far if you aren't speaking the same language as the person you are trying to collaborate with.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Guitar, Notebook, Pen, Pick, and an extra "G" string.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing since I was a child and writing since I was in middle-school, but professionally I started my freelancing career at the Art Institute of Vancouver. I studied all forms of media and was able to cut my teeth on sound design. I started recording and mixing myself which allowed me to layer multiple instruments for the first time which was a game changer. I spent a few years as a one-man show until I got plugged into the music scene in Moncton, NB. It's all a blur after that - performing, producing, mixing, collaborating, doing some web and graphic design, hosting and booking live events, equipment rental, I even worked on designing a magazine in those days. I got a little taste of everything and really diversified my skill-set.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Progressive acoustic punkafolkarockabillyblues alternative with a suprise slap in the face for good measure.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Beck, I think. You would never know what genre you'd land in, and that's an exciting prospect.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If your music is honest, it will ALWAYS be good.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alternative/Progressive Rock, Blues, and Folk are where my comfort zone lays right now but that could all change.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Composing lyrics, by far (but I can do other things as well).
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A unique and descriptive way of telling a story. I never sacrifice my point for being mysterious and esoteric, more often than not I do have something I want to say - and I prefer not to leave it entirely up to interpretation. I use complicated rhyme schemes that add an interesting flow to a composition, sometimes it is melodic and soft and sometimes percussive depending on the subject matter.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on the work, but typically I'm sort of a nut when it comes to focus, and I create with an almost unhealthy fervor. Composing lyrics is probably my favorite thing to do, as it comes easy to me but still poses a challenge that I find particularly cathartic when overcome. Finding a clever way to say something always puts a smile on my face. If I can express a huge idea in several words I am beside myself with pride.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I just have a small setup at home with a mac, GB, an ART M2 large cardoid condenser and an M6 small cardoid condenser pencil mic. I run those through a Steinberg CL1 Audio Interface. I've also got a 49 key MIDI controller and some instruments layin' around ;)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm actually a punk at heart so I'd have to say Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy, Tim Armstrong of Rancid of course, and I'm kind of having a bit of a love-affair with July Talk. Beck is also quite high on that list, and I certainly can't forget about Trent Reznor!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: At present I mainly do sound design for animated commercial productions and advertisements.