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As an undergrad at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, Matt studied with Dave Stoltz and Bob Carabillo. Currently, he is a Music Technology Graduate student at New York University.
His musical influences are many, ranging from James Brown, Herbie Hancock and The Grateful Dead to many other jazz artists and classical composers such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Tito Puente, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, and many others. More recently, DJ Shadow, DJ Cam, Portishead, and Peter Herbolzheimer have stuck out as inspiring forces.
His musical projects have included leading his own former band The Truth (for whom some of the music on "Try This At Home" was originally written), sideman status with various NYC projects such as Loud Apartment, K-Erv and The Sound, Flight Time, Megan Danielle, Ebonie Smith, Dr. Bellows, Avatar, and Ekayani. He has often played guitar with R&B/Soul singer RC Holmes, and he has performed with Big Sam's Funky Nation.
Over the past few years Matt has been developing his audio skills and adding more electronics, effects, and technology as a creative approach. While working on his master's, he has been focusing on multimedia and interactive programming, with an aim at developing real-time re-mixing and audio-visual techniques. These studies have helped to facilitate the production of "Try This At Home" as well as the evolution of other creative endeavors, including "In The Loop," his solo electronic live looping/remixing project. "Try This At Home" can be streamed in its entirety at http://mattdickey.bandcamp.com