Get to Know: Matt Leigh
Matt Leigh is a GRAMMY®-Nominated Producer, Engineer, Bassist and Educator working as Studio Manager and Head Engineer at The Tracking Room. Matt has worked in various capacities for a diverse list of clients including Natalie Grant, The Cult, Ronnie Milsap, Keb' Mo', El Gun Legro, and Planet Booty. Matt currently serves on the Advisory Technology Council at SAE Institute Nashville, where he regularly leads courses and workshops in music production skills, digital audio theory, and recording studio and mixing techniques.
Q&A with Matt:
MUSIC EXPO: What advice do you have for artists trying to break into the music industry
MATT: My best advice to new artists is find your sound and stick to it. Don’t chase the trends, be original. Artists that combine their influences and inspirations into one cohesive sound tend to have longer careers than those that follow the pack. Find a team of people who will be honest with you when it really matters.
Be Patient - It takes a lot of time to build something great - especially a music career
Be Present - Keep showing up - when you finally get your opportunity, knock it out of the park!
Be Kind - You never know who is going to have the power to say yes or no to you down the road
MUSIC EXPO: What can we expect to hear from you at Music Expo Nashville?
MATT: I will be presenting on the importance of creating a solid and clear vision for music production projects, with significant emphasis on pre-production, arrangement, and mixing.
MUSIC EXPO: What has been your most memorable experience in music so far?
MATT: There are too many to count! My most memorable experience, though, would have to be watching Deep Purple re-record “Smoke On The Water” at the studio I mange (The Tracking Room) while working on their most recent album, InFinite. As the bassline kicked in and the iconic guitar riff filled the control room I experienced intense chills and goosebumps like nothing before. It was surreal. Like most new guitar players, “Smoke On The Water" was one of the very first songs I ever learned. And to be in the room with three original members that cut the song the first time around: Ian Paice (Drums), Roger Glover (Bass), and Ian Gillan (Vocals), as well as rock legends Steve Morse (Guitar) and Don Airey (Keys), was like waking up in Rock-and-Roll Heaven!