Matty T Wall
The electrifying guitar of Matty T Wall extends from his native Australia to the world. With the release of his latest collection Sidewinder, Matty is writing a new chapter in the musical narrative, revealing the power of his expanding artistry through guitar, voice, band and songs.
Key to the sound of Sidewinder is the presence of legendary Grammy-winning producer-engineer Bob Clearmountain. Famed for his work with the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie among hundreds of other platinum artists, it is testimony to Matty T Wall’s musical integrity that Clearmountain provides the sonic sparkle that reveals Sidewinder in all of its gritty glory.
“Aptly titled[Sidewinder] by the young ax-weilder, the track is no more and no less than a warning for those who might try and stand in Wall’s way. Guitar fans: Stick around for the solo at 2:55. No seriously…stick around…One last shameless plug: Let’s support this kid and bring him to the states so he can make some noise over here! WHOSE LOVECHILD…?
MichaelHutchence meets GaryClarkJr…
Van Halen meets Chuck Berry…” – TheArkOfMusic (Jul 2018)
“The bones of Sidewinder are pure electric blues, and the duo of “Shake It” and “Going Down” pretty much sum up why critics – including myself – are calling Wall the Eric Clapton of his generation. I haven’t heard another guitarist with as much relaxed composure in the studio in years, maybe even decades, as Matty T Wall displays in this record, and that’s a big part of the reason why I think rock music has been suffering so much in the 2010s. Even in slower songs like “Ain’t That the Truth,” it’s Wall’s guitar that steals away the spotlight from everything and everyone else in the track.” – Loren Sperry, MusicExistence USA
Only two years since Matty’s 2016 album Blue Skies, this creative period has been a whirlwind of productivity for the Perth, Australia native. As an enthusiastic audience discovered his music, the press responded with phrases like: “virtuoso,” “everything a true music fan could possibly ask,” and “one of the most inspired musicians of this generation.”
Matty recalls that as a young musician, the bone crushing metal of Metallica, Pantera and Sepultura was his first love, and his devotion to the genre came into full bloom when he discovered AC/DC. As his tastes evolved, he studied jazz, Gypsy jazz and flamenco — all nuances that can be detected in his sound.
But it was his connection to the blues that formed the most substantial bond – from his father’s collection of Clapton, Hendrix and Zeppelin to the originators and torch bearers: Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Junior Wells. “Blues has to be honest and totally direct in delivery,” Matty says. “It has to cut straight to the heart of emotion. Because of this, you can’t get too clever with lyrics or too tricky and technical with the music. Blues keeps me grounded with my writing, otherwise, all of those other influences could very easily take over.”
“Matty T Wall is playing the types of music he loves while simultaneously being creative with such a familiar bunch of genres. It’s all pretty fresh sounding stuff; in that it doesn’t really sound like anything I’ve heard at least in the past couple of years, but you can still clearly hear where Wall is pulling inspirations from. He’s making some really cool music and I can only hope he will get some more exposure across the pond, in the world’s biggest Blues and Blues-Rock loving nation; the U.S.A.” – BluesRockReview (Jul 16, 2018)
” Australian-born guitarist Matty T. Wall proves the blues is alive and well Down Under….Infectious chops and a swagger that’s soulful enough to rival that of any blues-fueled, American shredder…an album that’s bound to leave a big smile on your face.” – Guitar World Magazine, International (May 10, 2016)
“Matty T Wall, an extraordinary blues-rock guitar player, singer, songwriter. Echoes & elements of rock from the 60’s, but Wall’s voice hurls it into the 21stcentury, his dazzling guitar licks and solos not of this world. Wall is entitled to a little swagger—he has the chops to pull it off. Extraordinary guitar player. Jazz flavors, soul. Gritty blues-rock, rock & roll, with outstanding musicianship.” -Martine Ehrenclou, Rock and Blues Muse, Los Angeles USA, Sept 2018
“infectious exuberance for, and an extraordinary command of, his instrument… the prodigiously talented Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist takes the listener on a 12-song musical journey that runs through an impressive array of sounds and styles…. Matty T. Wall Turns In a Six-String Gem with ‘Sidewinder’ ” – Guitar World Magazine, International (July 18, 2018)
Indeed, with his newest release, all of the sides of Matty T Wall are in full frame. A young man with a reverent link to his lineage and a vital musical vision for the future: With Sidewinder, Matty T Wall turns it all the way up.
While the music that Matty plays has roots in the past, he is a very much an artist in the present. Through his reverence for historic musical forms, he is not emulating, but redefining these sounds, as he introduces classic genres to new listeners and invests them with his own trademark.
#1 RMR Blues subgenre chart for Blues Albums airplay in USA (July, 2016)
Top 5 RMR Australian artists airplay in USA (September, 2018)
#1 iTunes Australia Blues and Roots Albums Chart – Blue Skies Album (May, 2016)
#1 Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart – Blue Skies Album (May, 2016)
#1 Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart – Sidewinder Album (July, 2018)
Guest columnist for Blues Matters (2019) Magazine – one of the largest UK and European blues magazines
Special guest for Australian national TV show “Guitar Gods”(channel 7mate), three separate episodes
nominated as Best Blues Album 15th Anuual Independent Music Awards (international)
nominated as Best Blues/Roots Act Western Australian Music Awards 2016 & 2017
nominated as Most Popular Live Act Western Australian Music Awards 2018
“Broken Heart Tattoo” Internationally awarded as Best Original Blues Song 2017 – Kool Breeze Blues Radio – USA
“Walk Out The Door” and “Sophia’s Strut” semi-finalists in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition 2018
Charted on the Netherlands Top 100 Pop charts with three separate singles
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