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Matthieu Brandt from Amsterdam, Netherlands (b. 1961) has been strummin' a guitar since 1983 when he traded his first P.C. for his first Alfa Guitar.
Starting out as an acoustic fingerstyle blues player and studying with Irish Blues Virtuoso Martin Hutchinson, he quickly got an appetite for electric blues.
He started out in his first blues band "Bealestreet"
in 1985 - a band that was to exist for five looooong years.
Strough studying at the biggest private music school
in Amsterdam, The Muziekpakhuis - where he became a teacher in 1987 -
he was turned onto Wes Montgomery.
In 1990 he went to Berklee College in Boston, U.S.A. for a summer course. Meeting local pop composer/musician Jack Starkey and feeling at home in the competitive American music, he decided he wanted more.
In 1991 he moved to Northern California, where he toured with local musicians and tried to establish himself as a working musician.
Through some "misunderstandings" with the
Immigration and Naturalisation Service he was forced to go back to the
Netherlands, where he picked up his teaching practice.
The band started playing national festivals and clubs and was gaining some momentum whem the lead vocalist left the band. No Can Do lived up to its name in 1995.
In the meantime Matthieu had been playing in Run Baby
Run for a numberof years, a Rhythm & Blues band with a full horn section,
lead by Wim Heuperman.
From '92 till '98 he visited the U.S. a coupla times a year and studied at the National Guitar Summer Workshop for a number of years. He assisted Paul Rishell in '97 in his Acoustic Fingerstyle Blues Class.
In 1995 Matthieu started working with Frits Veheij, a local
From '94 till '98 Matthieu organised several Masterclasses through the music school in Amsterdam. In this period he also started "Next Door to the Blues" a swing & jump band, featuring Ton van Bergeijk (check out his records through Stefan Grossman's label).
In '97 he started working on Swing and Jump Blues Guitar, in close cooperation with many collegues and students.
In '99 Matthieu spent another year in Boston, where he teamed up with local harmonica and slide virtuoso David Massey. He also had the chance to back up Paul Rishell and Annie Raines (W.C. Handy Award Winners '99) at the House of Blues in Cambridge.
He got a taste for playing the streets by frequenting Harvard Square, where Ronnie Earl witnessed his first outdoor performance.
After returning to Amsterdam in 2000 he started giging
with "Too True To Be Blue" and has just recorded his first Solo
But can he play?:
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