NYC Bassist/Composer by way of North Carolina. Matt currently resides in Manhattan performing and producing music.
Born in the Appalachian Mountains outside of Boone, NC, Matt grew up in Charlotte during the 80s and 90s listening to his parent's classic rock records and playing saxophone in the school jazz band. When the band needed a new bass player, Matt took the opportunity and never looked back. He's since performed on 100s of recordings and been around the world a few times.
Brandau attended UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated with a BS in Music Performance. While in school he dove heavily into jazz and ran a legendary jam session at Henry's Bistro where he played with some of NC's finest, including Branford and Ellis Marsalis, Donald Byrd and Herbie Hancock. During this time he was also the bassist in the Chapel Hill hip-hop band Sankofa, and was on tour with The Roots, Outkast, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot performing all over the US, sometimes to crowds upwards of 20,000.
After college Matt hung around Chapel Hill playing in the thriving music scene. He built a recording studio in his home and started recording his bands. He toured the US, Europe and Canada with THE OLD CEREMONY, and backed up DJ Premier and Pete Rock in THE REMIX PROJECT He recorded The Old Ceremony's debut album and also produced a dance remix of that album- THE OLD CEREMONY REMIXED
Since moving to NYC Matt has become a fixture in the local music scene and performed with Elvis Costello, Jewel, Joan Osbourne, and Sarah Lee Guthrie. He's also produced and recorded several original groups and scored a web series for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC