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Escondido, San Diego CA, United States

Matt Tammariello was born and raised in Escondido, just north of San Diego, CA. Like so many youth, Matt grew to be enamored by hip-hop early on. And 1 mixtapes introduced him to Sadat X and early Common, and by the time he heard MF DOOM in 8th grade, he was smitten. Being that Escondido wasn’t a bustling hub of Matt’s particular kind of musical leanings, it did not take long for him to meet peers with similar interests. Infatuation led to imitation and by his early teens, Matt had formed a rag-tag rap group with a friend and using cracked programs and sub par recording equipment put their own spin on popular instrumentals.

Though musically isolated, Matthew was not unsupported. His partner-in-rap was instrumental in continuing Matt’s relationship with hip-hop, and another good friend introduced him to the world of ambient music. The home front was supportive too. His mother gave him a Deep Puddle Dynamics album on a particularly memorable Christmas, and after a seemingly commonplace dinner mention by Matt on how he’d think it cool to build a studio out of their spacious garage, his father showed up with tools and equipment to do so. The latter proved to be a pivotal point in the forming of Shortcircles. Once the studio was built, Matthew made the transition from writing rhymes to making beats. Wetting his feet with computer programs, it wasn’t until he got his hands on an MPC 1000 (and slaved over it for some time) that a sound combining his early love of hip-hop and new found appreciation for the experimental began to take shape. By this time Matt was graduating high school, his rap group partner had moved up to the Bay area to attend an audio engineering school and Matt saw that as a way to pursue his passion and leave Escondido.

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