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Matt O'Ree Band

Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it!

Yes, childhood friend Gordon Brown from the band Williams Honor. Gordon and I were in Spanish class together in high school. Not sure if we learned much Spanish, but his encouragement lead to me writing songs and after years of it, becoming a song writer.

Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?

Easy question for me, playing on stage for 70K people with Bon Jovi at the Singapore Formula One race. The crowd was so deep you couldn't see the end of it. That show was magical, adrenaline through the roof! The band was on all cylinders and it was a dream that became reality for me playing in one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Thank you Jon for letting me be a part.

What has been the high point of your music path? Every record we always start off with intentions of out doing our last. When the record is done, and the satisfaction complete, its always a high for me to sit back and listen from top to bottom. Our last record "Brotherhood" features a friend of ours on the single titled "Black Boots". His name is Bruce Springsteen. Hearing him sing the lyrics we wrote? Priceless high.

So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? For me being a guitar player, it's always the riff. Once in a while a phrase comes to mind of what the song should be about and that triggers a riff too. Best part about writing is it's always different. That excites me to see a song come together.

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?

Gaining a following, which is what it's all about. I guess it always was. The fans that you obtain are everything. Without them, you having nothing really. They make the show, the ticket sales, the merchandise sales. They make our whole world work. We owe everything to them. Gotta get out there and stay out there as much as you can to win them over. What a challenge it is but it can be done, never give up.

If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?

I would love to play with Gov't Mule one day. Warren as been an enormous influence on me with my writing, singing, and guitar playing. I've had the privilege to meet him a few times and I just know we would kill a show together. Let's hope it comes to pass.

What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?

It's a collective effort really. Eryn and I are so blessed to have the band we have. They are the best musicians we've ever played with. Collectively, there's nothing we can't do, and a lot of that magic shows up in the live improv. We are incredibly on the same page telepathically. It blows me away every time. Rehearsals are easy, and it always ends with a meal together like the family we are.

Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!

Some songs come out so easy while others can be a real struggle. Tough call. Our new record was an easy flow with all hands on deck. There really isn't one song that I can think of as a problem. I enjoy ever step of them even if it takes longer. But to answer the question in pertaining to the new record, "This Reality". The timing differences in it were a challenge but yet oh so fun to create.

What's coming up in the future? Early next year we will release "Hand In Glove" on vinyl. Something I'm so excited for. We're also gonna have some extra songs on the vinyl that aren't on the CD version. Real jems too! Stay tuned and come see us on the road next year. Should be a jam packed one with a lot of miles to drive.

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About Matt O'Ree Band

Matt O'Ree Band brings their special brand of talent spun from influences such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Bad Company, Deep Purple, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, ZZ Top, and Rush, to name a few. The Band has taken all these diverse elements and forged their own unique sound. The band's writing is inspired by many life experiences and years of study from the ones that have written the book on how to play rock music. Not a reiteration, but a new type of variation on the theme that hasn't been heard before, but resurrecting real music and real musicianship.

This creates true blues rock n' roll featuring Matt's ripping guitar and gritty vocals, Eryn's powerful wail and impressive range, both technically and stylistically, the pair's off-the-charts vocal chemistry, Layonne Holmes' soulful back-up vocals, Lex Lehman's smooth bass tones, Matt Wade's colorful keys and THE John Hummel's behind-the-beat Bonhamesque drums.

Together Matt and Eryn lead this band, taking their fans on a ride that hasn't been heard or seen at this level since the '70s. Their live show is like revisiting a Zeppelin concert at the Garden, and with their collective influences and talent, the Matt O'Ree Band have built a foundation that can hold up the biggest house on the block.

For more information, please visit Matt O'Ree's website.


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