Weekly Featured Artist: Matt Boylan-Smith

Talent can come in many forms within the live music industry. Sometimes it’s a voice, sometimes the way an instrument seems to be a channel to the soul, sometimes a proficiency for writing lyrics which seem to tell your story. It is, however, rare to find all of these attributes packaged up neatly into one person – and then you encounter someone like Matt Boylan-Smith.

Matt grew up on steady diet of Cat Stevens, Jeff Buckley, Ray Lamontagne, and the Smashing Pumpkins. While the influence remains, it is clear he has forged his own sound. An earthiness of voice supported by refreshingly inventive use of accompaniment. This sound has seen him grace the stage with acts such as the John Butler Trio, Richard Clapton, Ian Moss, Katie Noonan, and Birds of Tokyo.

Through the years, Matt has built an impressive list of original releases beginning with his original track “Three Words” which made it to number three on Triple J Unearthed in 2013. Since then, he has collaborated with EDM producers Alora and Senii to break into Spotify’s Top 50 on multiple occasions. Matt also has the distinction of having two songs (from his second EP) in the Top Ten of Triple J unearthed simultaneously.

The fact is I could spend all day speaking about Matt’s accolades and prodigious talent. The best way for you to find out is to take a look for yourself. Or better yet, book him for your next event or party through Six8.