Matt Emery’s music is described by The 405 as “ebbing from soft whispers to an ocean of sound that would calm even the roughest of seas.” Their words are apt. Though learned and erudite, there is melancholia, jubilation, tension, beauty, dark ambience all deftly navigated in his beautiful compositions. Delivered with the sombre grace of heavyweights such as Ryuichi Sakamoto or Ludovico Einaudi, and possessing a singularity akin to Lubomyr Melnyk or Bing and Ruth, there is a devastating depth of sentiment in his music.
Emery’s debut album Empire received significant radio support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Ulster & Foyle, KEXP, Radio X, Soho Radio and Amazing Radio. Empire also gained notable online praise and recognition from the likes of XLR8R, the 405, Clash, Self-titled Mag, The Ransom Note and Headphone Commute, with quotes ranging from “Stunning and deeply emotive” to “A proper piano album, one which you must surely fall in love with.”
In 2017, Emery sold out his debut headline show at St Pancras Old Church, with 2018 seeing him play at well-renowned venues Union Chapel and Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has also supported a wide range of artists including Vessels, Portico, Cosmo Sheldrake, Throwing Snow, Three Trapped Tigers, Kevin Devine and Poppy Ackroyd.
Emery’s profile as a composer has benefitted from many placements across cinema and television, providing soundtracks for companies like Hugo Boss, Red Bull, BT Sports, the BBC, Matador Network, Visit California, Ford, Giles Miller Studio and accumulating an incredible 30 million views on YouTube for his GoPro online ads. He recently composed the score for the trailer of the feature film ‘The Escape’, starring Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper and released in cinemas in the UK on August 3rd, 2018.
An artist of many talents, Matt has done engineering work for other artists, mastering Kevin Devine’s ‘Live at St Pancras Old Church’ album (Big Scary Monsters), ‘Sofia Songs’ (a Super Fan 99 Records compilation with covers of songs featured in Sofia Coppola films) and Nicholas Stevenson’s ‘Can You Bring a Camera’ single for Record Store Day. He also hosts a podcast for Alcopop! Records, interviewing artists and leading industry figures.