A truly unique guitarist and composer and a great performer. In this world of endless tappy slappy guitar, or tired classic rock tedium, or folky tweny-something white boys, you are a breath of oxygen." Jon Gomm
"Matt rocks,deeply, in a chordal way. Lovely tone and energy. my privilege to play with him" Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
"Completely wonderful solo acoustic loop-based music." Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ulver)
"Somehow I heard The Fierce and the Dead and I really liked them. I think they're really cool, and I think what Matt does is really cool" Bryan Beller (Aristocrats/Joe Satriani/Guthrie Govan)
Matt Stevens is a solo guitarist, band member and composer from North London. He is probably currently best known for his work with The Fierce And The Dead. He is best known for a series of solo concerts performed as an instrumental solo artist between 2006 and 2015 where he used an acoustic guitar and sampler to create multi layered tracks live across the UK opening for Steve Rothery, Nick Harper, RM Hubbert, Jon Gomm, Thomas Leeb, Daevid Allen, Tim Bowness, Mike Keneally, Colin Edwin and many others.
He has released 4 solo albums Echo in 2008, Ghost in 2010 and Relic in 2011. His 4th solo album "Lucid" was released by Esoteric/Cherry Red Records in 2014 to critical acclaim and feature guest appearances from members of King Crimson, Knifeworld, Frost*, Naked Truth, Crippled Black Phoenix and more. It stayed in the Prog magazine chart for 3 months. In 2014 he signed to Esoteric/Cherry Red records for the release of the Lucid album
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, Emmett Elvin, Andy Tillison, Nine Stones Close, Lextrical, Shineback 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.
5th Best Guitarist - Prog Magazine Readers Poll 2014
Acoustic Artist Of The Year - Somojo Magazine 2011
2nd in Best New Artist in the 2011 - Prog Magazine Readers Poll
Breakthrough Artist Prog award in 2014 (solo nomination)
5th in the Prog Magazine 2014 Reader's Poll for best guitarist 2014
Limelight Award (nomination with Fierce And The Dead) - Prog Magazine Awards
Best Musician - House Of Progression Awards
"One of the 25 guitarists who are changing the guitar" Australian Guitar Magazine
"An effortless display of cleverly arranged and resourceful playing....(an) acoustic masterclass" Classic Rock Presents Prog (live review June 2011)
"A one man guitar orchestra" Acoustic Magazine UK