Singer, songwriter and pianist Matt Maltese studied on our BA Creative Musicianship degree course, in 2017 he signed a deal with Atlantic Records and this year has released his debut album to much acclaim.
During his time at ICMP, Matt engaged with our Careers and Industry Team, The Hub, who helped and advised him through a variety of early career choices and provided a sounding board for his music. Matt met Pete Simmons (Universal Publishing) during an A&R one-to-one session at an ICMP Careers Day, organised by The Hub. As a direct result of this meeting, Matt signed a publishing deal with Universal.
While studying at ICMP, Matt also performed at one of our Songwriters' Circle events, alongside Natasha North, and as a result was asked to open for her on the London dates for her tour.
In 2017, Matt signed a deal with Atlantic Records and his career and fanbase started to build momentum through a series of high-profile support slots. These included a UK and European tour with Hamilton Leithauser and also supporting UK indie band The Maccabees on their farewell tour. Following this, Matt released the track ‘As The World Caves In’, which was widely praised with culture magazine The Fader describing the track as a ‘moving’ musical commentary on current global events.
His track ‘Even If It’s A Lie’ received support from Burberry, Radio X and Apple Music and he went on to perform throughout the UK in support of his debut EP, 'In a New Bed', which included tracks produced by Hugo White (The Maccabees). In 2017, Matt went on to perform at Green Man Festival, Live at Leeds Festival and at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, being described by NME as “the UK’s answer to Father John Misty”.
In June 2018, Matt released his debut album 'Bad Contestant' to rave reviews: "Bad Contestant sets Maltese on the start of a path that marks him out as a true prodigious talent" - "This is the voice of a true original".
Throughout the summer of 2018, Matt has been played multiple festivals and in November heads out on a headline UK tour - full details on his website.
On ‘Bad Contestant’, the 21-year-old creates a stunning debut that is packed with wisdom beyond his tentative years, and lyrics filled with scathing humour at every turn… It’s an impressive and consistently varied effort.”
The album has also recently been selected as one of the NME's '14 best debut albums of 2018… so far'. In early 2019, Matt confirmed he is currently working on his new record. In March he played SXSW in Austin (USA).
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