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Matt adds a little gloss with US Tour

Alternative acoustic rock artist, Matt Adey, has had something of a busy time of it over the past few months, and now, as he embarks upon an acoustic tour of the USA under the guidance of manager, Vicky Hamilton, it’s fast becoming his time to shine.

Originally from Leamington Spa, Matt arrived in West London as a raw teenager and a member of the local band scene whilst making ends meet with regular, day-to-day work.

Now, twenty years and two albums later he’s set to release what will be his third album early next year and, this month, at the start of his US tour, the single Love Is Not a Game.’

Not only that but, finding himself managed by Vicky Hamilton is a move many artists can only dream of, but that is the case and go for it he is, more so after the success of recent releases, ‘She Wore Black’ and ‘Time Stands Still.’

The latter of the two releases, to Matt’s amazement, or even smirked amusement, was even remixed for a dance album by Armin Van Burren, which became a number one bestseller!

“I’ve always been writing my own song no matter what jobs I was doing or what band I was in but I didn’t want to specifically be a soloist,” began Matt.

“I was kind of forced into it (solo) really but it’s been kind of cool the way things have panned out over the past seven years which was when I released by debut album, ‘Home.’

“That was totally different to the second one, four years later, as this was really stripped back, raw, and all done in pretty much one take; whereas in 2014, when I released ‘Eden,’ now that was weird in itself.

“It was massive, overproduced, bombastic sounding record done in a strange kind of warehouse studio in Brussels whereas my third, due for release early next year, well that’s a really strong album and I honestly feel it’s the best group of songs I’ve ever written.”

Recently Matt has seen himself working with produce Chris Potter, he who was responsible for The Verve classic, ‘Urban Hymns’ record.

Fate playing its part, and a chance meeting with Vicky in London on her book launch tour last year, saw the two worlds collide.

“Chris suggested, or told me actually, that I should go try America and it kind of snowballed from there,” added Matt.

“I met Vicky at her London book launch last year having already sent her some music, which I thankfully say, she loved, and she’s had more of the same since as well.

“She then suggested that she should manage me and I don’t think I hesitated.

“She’s an awesome person and not only does she say what she means, she does what she says and has this way of saying things as well.”

It’s that way of saying and doing things that leads Matt Adey to the good ol’ US of A for an acoustic tour that see him perform on the following dates –

October 6 Republic of Pie, Los Angeles

October 7 Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles

October 12 The Cutting Room, New York

October 14 The Bowery Electric, New York

October 18 The Kibbitz Room, West Hollywood

October 24 The House of Blues, Anaheim

October 28 Lestat’s Coffee House, San Diego

November 2 Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles

 

 

Twister Welcome Sam Gibson

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Next month pop rockers, Twister, headline the main stage at the O2 Academy in Newcastle for the first time and alongside them will be some special friends with the first announcement being that of soloist, Sam Gibson.

Having released the EP, Before All Else, in 2012, Gibson, who is an international acoustic rock artist in his own right, with endorsements from both Candlewood and more recently Optima Strings, followed up with the debut album, Plastic Universe, in 2015, which all but solidified his name in rock.

“This is my fourth year performing on a full-time basis and have been gigging for around six,” began Sam.

“Although the good definitely outweighs the bad I just need to keep plugging away and doing what I do. I performed over 180 gigs last year which included an amazing tour of Switzerland where I’m looking at going back to later this year taking in France, Germany and Italy along the way.

“Last year was just amazing and it just added to all those big gigs I’ve done over the years and this (supporting Twister) will be another of those gigs.”

May 21 will see Sam open for Twister’s ‘The State of Mind Collection’ launch party and the two main parts of the wheel go back a number of years, Stevie Stoker (lead vocalist of Twister) calling on the friendship to get that wheel in motion.

“We’ve done a few things together over the last few years so I had to say yes straight away,” continued Sam.

“I like their (Twister’s) music anyway and he likes mine which is an obvious, added bonus so know we can work together.

“I’ve played upstairs (Academy Two) before but this is an amazing opportunity, for all of us, and I can’t wait to get out there and not only perform but also see the others do their thing as well.”

Constantly tour the UK and abroad, with festival appearances for added measure, Sam will follow up that May gig on Tyneside with hitting the studio and the recording of a new album of his own.

Tickets for the Academy show, priced at £7 entry and £11 VIP are available direct from Sam himself, or from www.officialtwister.co.uk.

You can follow Sam’s progress on social media via Facebook or Twitter  or visit www.samgibsonmusic.co.uk and he’ll see you all front and centre, on Tyneside, on May 21.