June 2016 Interview about TrueFire


Matt Teaches on Guitar Player TV


‘Leisure Larry’ Lesson from ‘Slap, Frail & Thump’ was publicised in Premier Magazine – Jan 2008.


‘Everglades Of Time’ Lesson from ‘Slap, Frail & Thump’ was publicised in Premier Magazine – Feb 2008.


Review of Matt’s Jump Blues Video published by TrueFire in De Gitarist (feb 2007-Dutch).

“If you were to play the cd Man in Shades without knowing that the singer/guitar player is from Amsterdam (in the Netherlands), chances are that you would think you’d be listening to a US born-and-bread singer-songwriter. One with a very unique sound, though. Brandt’s roots are definitely in blues, but here he uses a more broad approach to his arrangements. Sometimes with Jazz influences (the opener ‘Life is a Joke’ makes you think of Tim Buckley’s jazz –folk), sometimes with Rock influences (Caught in the Headlights), but mostly pure Americana, using trumpet and soprano saxophone as well as banjo and mandoline. After a jazz beginning and a rocker the cd becomes stronger and stronger, with 12 of his own compositions that prove that Brandt can easily do without playing covers. This album is solid as steal and one of the greatest surprises that’s come of of Dutch soil lately.”

Review of ‘Man in Shades’ on website ‘Heaven’
May 2006.
Review in Dutch

(4 out of 5 stars)
Holly Moors

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Interview with Matt in ’GitaarPlus’
August 2006 ; in Dutch


October 2002. Review in Dutch


25th October 2002. Review in Dutch

With a particularily great voice…
The Netherlands has more talent, which we sometimes take for granted.


December 2002 Review in Dutch


Review of Back Log in ‘Country Gazette’ April 2003:
Matthieu is the Dutch Ry Cooder

Some other opinions:
What Larry John McNally (writer for Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Chaka Kahn, Aaron Neville) thinks of Matt´s cover version of ´Stealing Hubcaps´