Mat's Bio / Clients
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After touring the world as Ray Charles’ bass player, Mat spent twelve years in Nashville as a studio musician and producer, then came to Chicago for the ad music scene.
He was a founding partner and Creative Director of Spank! which for fourteen years created music and sonic identities for the national TV ad campaigns of such brands as Toyota, Cadillac, Coke, Pepsi, Disney, Motorola, Samsung, Gatorade, Sears, Mazda (“Zoom Zoom Zoom!”), Kellogg’s, McDonalds, Budweiser, Quaker, Wrigley, Nintendo, Hallmark, Chevrolet, Ford, Pontiac, Orbitz, and many more brands from your kitchen, media room, and driveway.
On prime-time network TV for Paramount, Mat was staff composer for Al Franken’s comedy series “Lateline” and NBC’s “Kristin” with Kristin Chenoweth--and played a tuba-tooting neighbor on “The Cosby Show”
His music is heard in many TV shows like”Nova,” “Build It Bigger” “Coming Home,” “Animal Planet” “Treehouse Masters,” as well as HBO Family’s long-running “Crashbox.”
He was composer and producer on recordings with:
The London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Diana Krall, Paul Shafer & the Latenight Band, The Vienna Choir Boys, Robert Goulet, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Elvis’s backup singers, The Jordanaires.
As production specialist he worked with artists such as Brian McKnight, Waylon Jennings, The Nitty Griity Dirt Band, and Take 6.
Mat was composer for the popular anime series “Little Twins” and “Twilight Mysteries” for Toei in Tokyo, and composed scores for Hollywood cult films “The Guyver,” with Mark Hamill and “Silent Night Deadly Night Part 5,” with Mickey Rooney,
Mat created a 2.5 hour Audio and Video Branding experience for Just Born, Inc., maker of Marshmallow Peeps ,at the Mall of America. This includes music, sound design, Peeps brand song, and multi-screen animated videos.
His piece “Legacy” was part of an installation in the Grand Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and his chamber work, “ A Mere Trifle,” premiered in Havana, Cuba.
Some Favorite Clients
Covers & Originals
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Sound-Alikes & Covers for National TV Commercials
From TV shows, Commercials, Film & Recordings
LIFESAVERS "WE ARE SWEET"
Best Musical Arrangement
PARTNERSHIP FOR A DRUG FREE AMERICA “Drowning”
Effie Award Winner
HELENE CURTIS hair products
The network yanked this ad very quickly -and it wasn't because of the music!
Music & Sound Design collaboration
Online Cocktail Recipe
Main Title Music for the long-running HBO series
BP AMOCO "Reasons"
HYUNDAI "What If"
ILLINOIS LOTTERY "Futon"
Directed by Aaron Ruell (Kip from Napoleon Dynamite)
Spank Music Reel
Mat co-founded Spank and was Creative Director for 14 years
CHEF BOYARDEE “Rolling Can”
Produced for US TV & Cinema, yet sung in French for an "Italian" product...
KELLOGG'S “Young at Heart”
HUBBA BUBBA ”Polar Bear
We are the Oompah Band in the end tag
It's an oldie, but hey it's Michael Jordan -and it won an AICP Award