"A one man guitar orchestra" Acoustic Magazine UK
"He stunned the entire room with his effortless display of virtuoso musicianship" Prog
Matt Stevens is a solo guitarist, band member and composer from North London. He is probably currently best known for his work as a guitarist and songwriter for the instrumental rock band The Fierce And The Dead. Between 2006 and 2015 he performed a series of live concerts using an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal across the UK opening for Steve Rothery, Nick Harper, Jon Gomm, RM Hubbert, IQ, Thomas Leeb, Fish, Mike Keneally, Daevid Allen and many others. He has recorded four solo albums. In 2014 he signed to Esoteric/Cherry Red records for the release of the Lucid album which featured members of King Crimson, Knifeworld, Chrome Hoof and Frost*. It stayed in the Prog magazine chart for 3 months peaking at 8.
Matt Stevens was voted 5th in the Prog Magazine 2014 Reader's Poll for best guitarist alongside Steve Howe, Steve Hackett, Steve Rothery and Guthrie Govan. He was nominated for a Breakthrough Artist Prog award in 2014. Lucid was a Guitar Player Magazine Editor's Album Of The Month and in various magazine and website's albums of the year critics polls. He was also worked with Judy Dyble, Cosmograf, Lextrical, Shineback, Emmett Elvin, Andy Tillison, Nine Stones Close and numerous others.
The Fierce And The Dead have released 2 albums and 3 EPs since 2010 and are currently signed to BEM records. They continue to tour regularly and have recently supported bands including The Aristocrats & Crippled Black Phoenix and played at the Arctangent festival with 65daysofstatic, Deafheaven and Deerhoof, amongst many other festival appearances. They were nominated for a Prog Magazine Award for best new act and have received positive press from Time Out New York, Total Guitar, Rock A Rolla, Echoes And Dust and others. They have been selected to be the first instrumental act to play the 2016 Ramblin Man festival with Hawkwind, Europe & Whitesnake and are currently recording their third album.
Matt Stevens uses Auden Guitars, Sleeping Dog FX and Pigtronix pedals, Bareknuckle Pickups and Elixir Strings.
Matt talks about his electric guitars at 41 minutes into this interview on the Total Guitar website.