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About Matt

 

Matt Van is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from the Quad Cities. Although he is actively pursuing music full-time, he has also graduated as a Doctor of Pharmacy from Drake University (Des Moines, IA).

In August 2015, Matt released his debut EP – Something Tangible. This project included five original songs, some of which he had written years prior. His debut single, "I Don't Wanna," was later featured in the Iowa Music Project's statewide songwriting showcase as one of two "Listeners' Choice" selections.

Later on, Matt released his second project – Please, Respond – in October 2016. Although it was nearly equally concise with eight songs clocking in just under 30 minutes, this album is much more conceptually focused when compared with Something Tangible.

Stylistically, Matt's music continues to evolve as he experiments with blending both synthetic and natural sounds. This has become apparent with his most recent singles – "seeds of discord." "Ruff Nite," and "favorite dream." – contrasting in tone, yet providing an artistic signature unique to Matt' work.

Matt has appeared on KCCI (Des Moines, IA) and KWQC TV-6 (Quad City Area) local news stations. He has also recorded a studio session with Daytrotter and Paste Magazine (daytrotter.com). Most recently, his music career has expanded into the realm of electronica music as he continues to collaborate with artists of the record label Monstercat, most notably Mr FijiWiji and Direct.

 

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Please, Respond

by Matt Van

This album explores a variety of emotions including determination, frustration, infatuation, and depression through a tasteful blend of both organic and electronic sounds. Sonically and literally, "Please, Respond" tells a story that is sure to reach the lives of anyone who has ever experienced heartbreak or rejection in the past.