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The Matthew Herbert Big Band


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United Kingdom (2003 – present)

Matthew Herbert is an electronic music producer from United Kingdom known for breaking the boundaries and conventions of the genre. Since 1996 he has released music on a variety of record labels under many aliases including Doctor Rockit, Wishmountain, Radio Boy, Mr. Vertigo, Transformer, under his own name and with his Big Band since 2003.

He has played at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals, Paris’ Pompidou Centre, Tokyo’s Blue Note, Sonar and Glastonbury, and supported Bjork at the Hollywood Bowl. Along with over ten albums of self-written, produced and performed music, he has produced albums by Bjork and Roisin Murphy and remixed Moloko, R.E.M., Perry Farrell, Serge Gainsbourg, Yoko Ono, John Cale, The Avalanches and Cornelius. He also runs his own label, Accidental Records.

Herbert began creating music with found objects whilst at Exeter University in the 1990s, where he studied Drama. From bottles, books, and pepper pots he progressed to recording places and experiences, effectively using the sampler as an instrument on many of his Doctor Rockit and Herbert releases. This style evolved into the overtly political when he began sampling objects from McDonald’s and The Gap as a protest against corporate globalism on the The Mechanics of Destruction album. The CD was distributed free at concerts and available as a free download and has never been available in stores.


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  • BarbaraMuerdter

    Some pictures of his show with the Matthew Herbert Big Band in Berlin in 2009:

    12 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Lubee

    You can watch his performance from The Barbican here:

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • Unequal-Arts

    I like theirs.

    12 May 2010 Reply
  • Yulemir

    Thought it would be good to introduce myself. Been playing keys for 26 years . Here are some of my tunes. Be honoured if you take a listen. Ten eclectic tracks .

    21 Apr 2010 Reply
  • kajken_pankers

    I saw them two years ago in Wrocław at EraNoweHoryzonty Festival. They were amazing! I fel in love with them in first minute of that great tunes <3

    19 Apr 2010 Reply
  • maewe

    someone knows if they're doing any gig?? mail me please :D

    1 Sep 2009 Reply
  • rodanside

    Not sure about the new album but I sing one of the words on that hoi-polloi song "Knowing", woot!

    31 Aug 2009 Reply
  • MinisterZdrowia

    Here you can read review of last LP by MHBB: Cheers!

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
  • MaPey

    'There's Me And There's You' sounds like a musical :D

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SoundSurgeons

    even matthew´s singing is great on this one, let alone these brilliant arrangements ! this is herbert at his best, love it! can be highly recommended to both majors and minors...

    2 Mar 2009 Reply
  • OFF_ka

    visionary! awesome live! :>

    25 Feb 2009 Reply
  • xata_oleg

    Cool. This is what i was searching for. I am too young for jazz and i have enough brain activity not to listen modern pop-electronics (i mean house, dnb, etc) Thank you for your existance

    15 Feb 2009 Reply
  • sambael

    Could Herbert's logic indeed be the logic of magic ?

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
  • brewbert

    ingenious & brilliant! Perfect implementation of his manifesto!

    21 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ruby_blue90

    Battery is a masterpiece. Fantastic vocal, so expressive!

    16 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ghostchild

    I just discovered this music, f***n brilliant! Yeah the new album is a bit different, but musically wider ranging, didn't notice the vocalist had changed that drastically. It works for me, but the singing on the first album was a bit more lush.

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
  • renurenu

    hahaha, this pithcfork review just once again shows how helplessly poor musical taste their kids have! i take the new album of M.H.B.B. as a reference frame rooted in an excellent piece of music. the reviews are, therefore, evaluated according to this frame, not the other way around :)

    11 Nov 2008 Reply
  • johnny-mnemonic

    what a pain-in-the-ass review on pitchfork complaining about the "spotlight-seeking mannerisms" of singer Eska Mtungwazi and her voice "while impressive, makes no allowances for subtlety" ... damn, I couldn't disagree more since her "squeaks, whispers, bleats, purrs" do not "over-emote" but are the great spices in the soup of the new album. She's a great singer with great emotions making a kick-in-the-ass political record which seemingly do not fit in the flatline-post-everything-indie-hipster-universe of pitchfork ... oh, I over-emote! Sorry, pssst!

    11 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Fidgital

    "There's Me and There's You" fulfilled and exceeded all my high expectations! Matthew Herbert is my production hero.

    9 Nov 2008 Reply
  • TeLowrider

    again a amazing album!

    8 Nov 2008 Reply
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