Currently performing over 150 gigs a year, Matt's compelling live solo act is guaranteed to get every party going. It's a potent blend of textured vocals and spellbinding guitar licks - perfect for weddings, private parties, live music venues & corporate functions alike. On stage Matt shines with raw talent and experience. Drawing from a massive rep of impressive electric guitar numbers and dancefloor-filling party tunes, Matt's sheer versatility allows him to select the perfect song for each moment of your event.
Guitarist and vocalist Matt Wattz is a session musician and live performer from York, England. A unique powerful and soulful voice and an impressive range, combined with over 20 years honing his guitar skills, Matt has fronted many live outfits, including UK covers act Extreme Rendition and indie-rock specialists Audiobox. He also performs with the internationally acclaimed American Divas show.
Based in London, Matt Wattz is available for recording sessions and always welcomes working with new musicians. He also mentors privately in guitar, keyboards and music technology.
the man behind the music
Matt qualified from the University of Leeds in 2004 with a degree in Popular & World Musics. Before that he sang, played and composed with many original acts - from punk rock and metal bands to West African ensembles.
Matt cut his teeth playing lead guitar on board P&O's Ocean Village cruises, touring the Med & Caribbean seas. On top of nightly house band slots, he'd support at least 3 visiting acts each week, including tributes to the Blues Brothers, Queen & Robbie, originals Bucks Fizz and The Supremes - not to mention weekly acoustic & jazz sets, and full-blown rock'n'roll crew gigs below deck!
In 2005 Matt began touring extensively with Vogue Madonna, playing regularly to over 10,000 at Liverpool's Mathew St and Glastonbudget festivals, as well as to 5,000+ audiences in Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland & Portugal. On guitar & BV duties, Matt & the powerhouse band behind stunning vocalist Elly Jarmain brought the music of Madonna to an extraordinary level of live showmanship. [Here's Matt taking centre stage for American Pie, live in the Azores]. Now pursuing successful independent musical careers, the line-up still perform internationally as The American Divas.
- Based: London
- Styles: Rock, Pop, Indie, Funk, Soul, Acoustic
- Instruments: Piano (age 8), Drums (age 11), Guitar (age 14)
- Birthday: 24th November
- Born: Bristol, UK
- Grew Up: York, UK
- Guitar ability: Grade 8 Distinction
- Gear: Fender Stratocaster, Boss FX, Roland Amps, HK Audio PA systems, Elixir strings
- Previous Clients: O2, Microsoft, Versace, Gucci, British Gas, HSBC, Virgin, Boots, Bunga Bunga London
- Favourite Band: Metallica
- Influences: AC/DC. Chuck Berry, Björk, Ray Charles, The Clash, Cream, Daft Punk, Dire Straits, Eagles, Eminem, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Guns n' Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Incubus, Michael Jackson, Killers, BB King, Kings of Leon, Kraftwerk, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell, Muse, Mike Oldfield, Plan B, The Police, Prince, Queen, Chris Rea, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Django Reinhardt, Carlos Santana, Joe Satriani, Scissor Sisters, Paul Simon, Stereophonics, Sting, Take That, Muddy Waters, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa
- Did you know... Matt is a fully qualified Kundalini Yoga instructor?
"Matt Wattz is brilliant at live entertainment for parties. We picked the songs we liked from his setlist keeping the music still very personal, and left him to pick the order. Our guests loved him, we loved him, and you are lucky if you manage to book him. He was professional and very polite."
TARA WALKER, WEDDING
"I would highly recommend him to anyone that is entertaining. He was really well received, I have had so many good comments regarding his performance. Not only is he talented but he is a really nice guy too. So thanks Matt, I hope one day to hear you play again some day."
GILL WRIGHT, 60TH BIRTHDAY
"Once more a gigantic thank you for making last night utterly fabulous. You have an amazing talent."
KAREN BILTON, 40TH BIRTHDAY
"Matt Wattz really went above and beyond with his performance, we were absolutely thrilled at the extra effort he went to. We had told Matthew that the party had a Back to the Future theme and asked if he could play Johnny B Goode and Power of Love from the soundtrack, but Matt did so much more than that... He learned quotes from the film and acted them out when he played Johnny B Goode, he learned extra songs from the soundtrack and he even did a costume change halfway through his first set to fit in with the music changing from 50s to 80s. Our guests loved him and so did we! 11/10!"
SARAH STEWART, THEME PARTY
"All I can do is praise Matt! He really did make the whole experience a very easy and pleasurable one. From the moment we spoke on the telephone I was at ease and very confident in his abilities. Matt really did make the evening and his performance was outstanding! And the sounds he can make with that guitar are mind blowing. Thank you."
LEE MERRITT, MASONIC LODGE EVENT
"We received plenty of good feedback regarding his music. The first song we requested, he had to learn, so we were very impressed when he played and sung it perfectly."
CHRIS SIVEYER, WEDDING
"Matt provided a very accomplished, polished and hugely enjoyable performance at my party. He read the occasion & audience just right & he made all the difference and got the guests involved/dancing & enjoying themselves, a personable artist enjoyed by all present, very professional - and the mark of any successful show: he left us wanting more!!"
ERIK LINDELL, SURPRISE PARTY
"Matt is a great artist! High energy and amazing voice! He is very appreciative of his audience and he's a very good entertainer. We booked him several times and we had a perfect atmosphere every time. Our guests and we love him. We'll definitely have him back."
ROSA CASALE, VENUE MANAGER
"Just wanted to say a huge thank you for being so fantastic last night! We all thought you were amazing!"
NADINE WILLIAMSON, WEDDING
"Matt was just fantastic. We threw a garden party for my 50th birthday and we had people aged from 6 months to 88 years old and everybody joined in the dancing. Matt is really good at gauging the mood of the audience and seemed to know exactly what to play and when. We gave Matt a list of ‘favourites’ and most of these got played and Matt had better ‘favourites’ than ours! If I could do it all over again next week I certainly would (our guests have asked us too!!). Thanks Matt for a truly wonderful evening, you are a really nice and talented bloke."
TIM ALLEN, 50TH BIRTHDAY
"Matt, thank you so much for your performance at our wedding reception. You read the crowd and our taste in music perfectly and our guests had nothing but good things to say about you and how much they enjoyed your sets. We don't plan on getting married again, but if we did we'd rebook you without hesitation!"
DEBBIE & BEN McCANN, WEDDING
"Thanks so much for helping make our Christmas party a great night! We have lots of different personalities but each and every one of our staff had a fab night!"
AMANDA MATTHEWS, CHRISTMAS PARTY
"Hi Matt, We just wanted to say such a huge thank you for last night! You were fantastic and we had such a great time!!! We've been inundated with texts from people saying how great you were and how much they enjoyed the evening, so thank you!! Hope to see you again sometime! Many thanks and best wishes xx"
AMY & STEPHEN O'KEEFE, WEDDING
"Thanks so much for coming and playing at my Fundraiser last night. I really appreciate you coming... EVERYONE thought that you were excellent and I gave out the cards that you gave to me. I will be recommending you to anyone who needs a singer.
SUSAN HAYDEN, CHARITY FUNDRAISER