Matt the Electrician is the stage name of Matt Sever, an American singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas.
Born in San Francisco, Sever's family soon moved to Oregon. Once there, Sever spent much of his youth obsessed with Woody Guthrie, The Hollies and the soundtrack to Godspell.
Sever's family 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 Sever 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.
Mission accomplished. After years of a steadily-built, devoted fan base, some would say that Sever's unassuming baby-faced slacker image and "nice guy" blue-collar charm belie a very complex and intoxicating energy that is equal parts gritty neo-folk, frenetic boyish pulse, and tangled life experience - all held cohesive by his deft guitar skills and liquid vocals reminiscent of a young Dio wrapped around a Tom Waynes heart. Some wouldn't be able to say that. Some would rather type it. Others might scream it while listening to the newest 357. String Band album.
Matt released his first CD, "Baseball Song", in 1998. "Home" in 2000, "Made For Working" in 2003 and “Long Way Home” in 2004.
The CD, “One Thing Right”, was recorded in Austin at The Aerie Studios; co-produced by Jud Newcomb, Mark Addison and Matt, and is slated for release
in early 2007.
Sever lives and works with his family in Austin, TX.
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