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Nick Matzke

Nick Matzke is a Guitarist, Recording Engineer, Producer, and Teacher, whose guitar style blends together elements of Funk, Smooth Jazz, Fusion, and Rock.

Nick grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and started playing guitar at age 14, influenced by classic rock and blues.  During high school he began playing in bands and developed a more diverse taste in music listening to hard rock, metal, pop, country, and R&B music.  After high school, Nick first attended Milwaukee Area Technical College and started studying jazz with guitarist Jack Grassel.  In 2003, he formed the funk/fusion trio Seven On Six and played many gigs in the Milwaukee area.  Playing funk music with this band was a very integral part in developing Nick's musical style.  At this time Nick also started learning more about recording after getting his first Pro Tools rig in 2004.  In 2004 and 2005, Nick was the Milwaukee area winner of Guitarmageddon, Guitar Center's annual guitar competition.

After finishing at M.A.T.C. Nick attended Berklee College of Music in Boston in the fall of 2005.  There, he finished with a dual major bachelors degree in Performance and Music Production and Engineering.  While at Berklee Nick went deeper into studying jazz music, while still keeping a diverse palette of musical styles studying with Tim Miller, Walter Beasley, David Fiuczynski, and Joe Stump.  It was at Berklee that Nick really honed his production, engineering, and mixing skills.  The combination of great teachers, hours of hands on studio time, and real world style production projects made for an amazing education in recording and production.  While at Berklee he was able to study under Grammy award winning engineer Prince Charles Alexander as well as Marty Walsh, Jeff Largent, Dan Thompson, and Stephen Webber.  Nick was the recipient of a Berklee Achievement Scholarship and the MP&E Creativity Scholarship.  Another project of Nick's at Berklee was the band The Konami Kode.  The band was started by Nick and fellow guitarist Paul Meyer as Berklee's version of a video game band.  The Kode specialized in playing video game music note for note to the original songs while also adding solo sections to the arrangements.  The Kode toured extensively throughout the Northeast from 2006-2008 and released a full length album in 2007.

Nick Graduated from Berklee in May of 2008 and moved to Los Angeles.  There he worked at one of the music industry's most famous studio's in Westlake recording studio in Hollywood.  Nick got the experience of working at a Studio that records major label clients everyday and get an inside view of the recording industry.  While Nick enjoyed the time in LA and gained valuable experience, he realized if he were to continue on the path of being an audio engineer, he would have to give up life as a player.   After a year of working in LA, Nick relocated to Houston to accept a full time teaching position in 2009.  Nick is currently back to doing what he loves.  He is working as a performer with multiple bands and is a full time music instructor.  Nick also does freelance engineering, mixing, and producing.  In 2008 he produced, engineered, mixed, and played guitar, on singer Emily Kiel's 4 song EP.  In 2009 Nick released his debut album entitled "Physical Proof."  The instrumental album features 10 original songs mixing fusion, funk, and progressive metal styles.  In 2010 Nick mixed Wings Burn Away's 5 song EP.  Also in 2010, Nick engineered, mixed, played guitar on, and produced Highway 59 Band's first full length album.  In 2012 Nick played Guitar, Bass, and mixed and mastered Life is Hard's album entitled "Rise Again."  In 2013 Nick was blessed to join the Praise Band "The Sound of Faith" at March of Faith Church in Pearland.  You can catch Nick playing live around the Houston area with Wiseguy, Ronnie Coleman and Merlot, and every Sunday morning at March of Faith.  Nick is currently recording material for his next solo album due out in late 2013.

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