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Matt The Electrician


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The Mostly True Bio of Matt the Electrician

Mussed hair and work clothes be damned, Matt Sever’s been known to schlep directly to gigs disheveled from his real-life day-job: keeping people wired and lit. Yet the moniker is more than just a humorous takeoff on life’s realities.

Born Matt the Electrician on a frosty San Francisco morn, Matt and his family soon moved to Oregon in search of culture, nice weather and vineyards. Once there, Matt spent much of his youth obsessed with Woody Guthrie, The Hollies and the soundtrack to Godspell. The Electrician’s were A musical, yet thrifty family, so they found a swell garage-sale trumpet to encourage this musical interest.

The Electrician’s moved back to California in the early eighties; and while the trumpet was eventually discarded, the expensive private lessons were not a complete waste, as it was here that Matt met and fell in love with the guitar.

Unfortunately, because of the elder Electrician’s spiraling oragami habit, money was not only extremely tight but intricately folded and beautifully hung all around the Electrician household, so Matt was limited to the only three chords his parents could afford. His dad assured him this was plenty, that kids in China only get one or two.

And strangely, it all worked out. Matt headed to Austin, a serious music town, with aspirations of becoming a serious musician.


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  • Blackicystraw


    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • changeable

    College is by far his best song!

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ViPeRx007

    I've heard random songs by this guy over the past couple months on here and decided to look a little closer into his catalog. Long story short, it was one of the better decisions I've made recently. Matt is probably my favorite Electrician.

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • nuovodna

    waiting for him in Italy!!

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Emiel61

    just saw him yesterday here in The Netherlands!

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • johnludington

    So glad I found this! Thanks, Chris.

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • JMcKay333

    dude you're f'in brilliant!!!

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
  • foxyluva

    Amazing songwriter

    26 Oct 2009 Reply
  • JadeScorpion

    I love his new stuff, but I really wish "I remember" was listed here....

    30 Aug 2009 Reply
  • MrsFlinger

    I think I love him. I bought Milo on iTunes and literally listen to it non stop. His bio is hilarious, his voice is amazing and the songs are fun, light, and thoughtful all at the same time. How does he do that? It's part of the awesome.

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • TheOtherAndrew

    Love this dude. Made for Working is a great album.

    21 Mar 2009 Reply
  • jorgethelover

    Primetime television! Well done Matt

    15 Apr 2008 Reply

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