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 poetry and songs for roughly 20 years. I tend to write evocative lyrics that challenge my listeners, but sincerely believe that if lyrics are too esoteric they can serve only to alienate your audience. The challenge is knowing your target-audience and writing something that's accessible to them. For this reason I insist projects begin with a skype call, just to get an idea of who you are and where the song is coming from.
I am happy to provide samples of my work on request.
I am a Bass-Baritone vocalist.
I can rock an acoustic like most can't, and I am very capable in either rhythm or lead roles.
I have access to a fully equipped professional studio during the day, and have a smaller studio in my home to meet time-sensitive requests or last minute edits.
Prices listed are average and may vary slightly depending on scope.
*I retain my writer/publishing rights to all co-written work, % split is project dependent*
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4 ReviewsEndorse Matt Goodfellow
Matt is great guy, full of inspiration and great lyrics. Also a great communicator and really gets involved with the project. Definitely will work with him again!
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Matt this guy who is easy to work with. He sent me his song and asked to write a violin part, he allowed to make everything that fits better for the song. Really enjoy to work with him and ready for the further cooperation.
This has been my companies second time use Matts audios services, and again, he did not disappoint!
Matt Goodfellow did an excellent sound mix for a short Fan fair animation i did. He went above and beyond creatively, providing the clients with what they requested, and his own take. And not surprisingly they chose his own version. Fantastic work on his part!
Interview with Matt Goodfellow
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 and devices to consider, all of which help to illustrate the desired narrative.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Alternative/Progressive Rock, Blues, and Folk are where my comfort zone lives right now but that could all change with a sudden muse.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Lyrical composition, but I am a multidisciplinary instrumentalist as well. My approach to acoustic guitar has been compared to John Lennon's by some.
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 and various guitars. I am also a session acoustic guitarist at a professional grade studio close-by and have full access to it's resources.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes, I HIGHLY recommend Nate Barnes for all of your drumming needs. The guy is incredibly nice, timely, and intuitive. Hire him, you won't regret it! https://soundbetter.com/profiles/53109-nate-barnes
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: 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 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 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: 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.