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