H o m e

Welcome to my musicians and music industry pages!

Note: This site is an archive - created in 2005, needing re-design and very slowly being updated.

I've worked in the music industry since 1997, for labels, on tours, as a tech, in promotion and events, and of course as a musician.

I've played a part in a number of bands - initially as a guitarist, more now as a drummer, focussing on extreme metal styles - double bass drumming, blast beats, gravity blasts and worked hard on pushing myself to the limits. I've had the pleasure of recording with some great producers such as Russ Russell (Napalm Death / Dimmu Borgir) and Roger Tebbutt (Cardiacs, Rachel Stamp) at some top studios including the sadly demised Trident Studios, Nomis, Black Wing, Fortress Studios, Parlour Sound and many others. I've played for several signed bands and also played sessions both live and in the studio. I have played guitar, drums, bass, keyboards and even clarinet in bands ranging from death and black metal to punk, indie, progressive and psychedelic (thankfully not all at once!). My love of music covers many genres, but particularly prog/metal/industrial and this is where i tend to find myself most of the time.

I am currently with Primitive Graven Image as I have been since 2007. Originally signed to US based Open Grave records, I have run our own imprint label of Voiceprint records who released our 2010 and 2012 albums. Previously I have been a part of a number of bands including Salem Orchid (pre-Akercocke black/death metal band), Interlock (industrial metal) and Nightnurse (back in the day, a charting indie/punk band), and a whole load of others inbetween.

S t u d i o

I also have my own studio available for hire in Gerrards Cross (Bucks/West London, UK), which serves for both rehearsal and recording purposes. It is out of town, set in an area of woodland and lakes and is a great place for drawring inspiration and focussing on the all important music. Check the page out here and please contact me if you are interested in making some use of it.

L e s s o n s

I've done odd bits of teaching on guitar and drums in the past, it's not something I do a lot of as I'm not always about, but if you're interested.. Contact Me.

O t h e r   s t u f f

My other interest is in computer programming, specialising mainly in internet & related technologies, often within the music industry. I wrote and managed all of the web sites for Delerium Music for ten years (including the legendary and sadly demised 60s/70s/psych/prog/head music specialist Freak Emporium) where I worked much of the time. In it's day the site was widely regarded as one of, if not the best music collectors sites on the internet, and it received a number of great reviews and notable mentions from magazines and newspapers such as Record Collector, The Guardian and Bizarre, along with great feedback from many of our customers.

I also work in backstage music production/event management and tech/roadie for bands which have included Porcupine Tree, Ginger Wildheart, and for Brainwave Festivals when they put on the great 'Canterbury Fayre' festivals in 2002 and 2003. Bands I worked with at these festivals include Robert Plant, The Damned, Nick Turner(ex-Hawkwind) and Space Ritual, 20th Centiry Schizoid Band (ex King Crimson) and many more.

I also put on the 'Enblackened' black metal festival in London at the Camden Underworld.

© Matt Platts, 2008. Mail: mattplatts@gmail.com