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The Welcome Matt
“I am not an emerging artist. I have arrived,” says songwriter Matt Langlois, aka The Welcome Matt, as he prepares to debut his 8th studio recording “POP JUNK FLUFF and HYPE.” “You just didn’t see me at the baggage carousel collecting my guitar and mini Samsonite merch case.”
You can, however, accurately label Langlois a fearless artist. Tirelessly touring, collaborating and recording, the Bay Area-via-New England troubadour was featured on leading San Francisco radio station KFOG’s popular Local Scene CD twice, teamed up with renowned modern dance choreographer Christine Cali to co-create a 3-day dance performance, and, recently signed a publishing deal with Wixen Publishing, joining an impressive artist which includes Tom Petty and Weezer. Along the way, he co-wrote a top-40 European hit “San Francisco,” by Cascada, a song with which the German Dance pop group also took to #15 on the German charts. In 2013, Langlois recorded and released a video for his cover of David Bowie’s ‘DJ’, collaborated with Cali on another three-day production, ‘L.O.A.D.E.D.’
And that’s just the highlights reel of the many accomplishments the prolific songwriter has notched since he began leading bands as a teenager. Langlois describes his writing process as “Like all mechanisms of survival and coping with existence... eating, sleeping, staying healthy, not staying healthy and dreaming... it’s in constant motion.”
To Langlois’s mind, his work has just begun. He doesn’t take breaks, he creates, an ethic epitomized by his 2009-2011 project ‘Members of Sound’ which found him releasing a song a month for two years, culminating in two major CD releases. In total, he’s released seven Welcome Matt CDs, all the while touring, co-writing and recording with a whose-who of musical notables. ‘Members of Sound’ found him working with an array of musicians and producers who’ve worked with artists such as Four Non- Blonds, Train, The Counting Crows and Galactic including Jerry Becker, Matt Boudreau and Damian Rasmussen. Along the way, Langlois launched several highly original videos and released his first compilation CD “The Panhandle Years” (2012) featuring Welcome Matt songs from the last decade.
Thus, amid an incredibly year, Langlois managed to self-produce “POP JUNK FLUFF and HYPE,” recorded at Lost Monkey Studios in Hayward, CA, for release in early 2014. The 10—song collections finds Langlois curious and ruminative about the world he lives in, lamenting the omnipresence of technology, life as a Gen Xer (“The Welcome Back”) and deciding it’s all worth it in “Cast a Line.”
All the while Langlois manages to straddle the divide of folk troubadour and indie pop-rock savant to create music that can only be his own: “...he drifts somewhere between Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Bob Dylan, mastering a sense of expert lyrical spacing and rasping dreamy opinion,” wrote an editor at Indiemusic.com of Langlois’s ability to evoke some of the leading writers of the modern era, as well as seminal bands such as The Beatles and The Kinks.
Despite all this work, Langlois will hardly be putting his feet up, instead hitting the road for a solo tour of the Western and Rocky Mountain before joining up with fellow San Francisco artists KC Turner and Roem Baur for another run of dates.