Matt Smith began playing guitar at the age of 8. After high school, he went on to study music further at Southern Cross University under the teaching of Jim Kelly, whom he later recorded a duo guitar album with called ‘Onwards and sideways”.
Matts has always loved a wide spectrum of music, from the most contemporary jazz to rock and pop music.
He was a finalist in the ‘National Jazz Awards’ for the guitar at Wangaratta jazz festival in 2007, and supported George Benson last year in Australia. Matt also plays regularly as James Morrison guitarist.
Matt is a founding member of Reggae/Afrobeat/Hip-hop band “The Strides” who have released 3 albums and toured Australia widely. They also receive airplay on JJJ and have a release overseas where they have found themselves climbing the reggae charts in France, Italy and other parts of Europe.
In 2009 Matt was hired by Warner to play the guitar on Thirsty Merc’s 3rd album ‘Mousetrap Heart’ which was recorded at ‘Sound City Studios’ in LA under legendary producer Matt Wallace. After the album, Matt was asked to join the band.
Since then Matt has toured extensively both in Australia and overseas with Thirsty Merc and performed alongside many great acts.
While Thirsty Merc has taken the best part of a year off Matt has been touring internationally with Pete Murray. Over the years Matt has also performed and recorded with many other artists including Darren Percival, Karise Eden, Mahalia Barnes, Jimmy Barnes, Lisa Hunt, Ngaiire, Leo Sayer, Kate Cebrano, Wendy Mathews, Steve Kilby, Jonathan Zwartz, Katie Noonan, Ray Beadle, Phil Slater, Simon Barker, The Vampires, Cameron Undy and Terapi Richmond.
While supporting Meat Loaf recently Matt was asked by Meat Loaf to play a guitar solo with his band during his Australian tour.
“…Matt’s a world class guitar player” – George Benson