Rock/pop pianist/singer/songwriter Matthew Presidente has been a part of the music scene in Vancouver for over 15 years. Now 34, the young musician has independently recorded and released 4 full length albums, been involved in a wide range of musical collaborations and performed numerous stages around the lower mainland including headlining festival shows as well as several regular resident appearances at major Vancouver nightclubs.
Composing and playing piano since 10, Matthew has been inspired by the music he grew up to; Elton John, The Beatles, Cat Stevens and Leonard Cohen. This early rock/folk sound merged with his love for modern pop and hard rock to create a very unique style in a pianist/performer. Versatile and engaging onstage, he would perform solo at the keyboard in the early days – a setup which he reverts to every so often. This is Matthew in his comfort zone, rockin’ an acoustic piano with a passion and intensity rarely seen in this style of music. In recent years he has developed a fuller sound with a rotating group of local musicians and controls keyboards synths and loops, made to get the crowd on their feet.
Since his debut, Matthew has been showcasing his original material and building his fanbase at notable music venues such as The Dufferin Hotel, The Railway Club, The Media Club, The Buffalo club, Café deux Soliels, Central Bistro, The Backstage Lounge, and many more. He has been enthusiastically recognized at numerous appearances at colleges, festivals as well as these local clubs. Matthew has also participated in youth and benefit concerts, organized and performed in Delta’s Take it in the Ear arena concert three years in a row, and been the featured musician at the Miss Teen Canada Global Pageant.
A proud accomplishment as a queer-themed musician, Matthew has been featured yearly on the main stage at the Vancouver pride festival since 2005. In 2011 he was a featured performer at the International Outgames and played a set at the plaza of nations amongst headliners Ace of Bass and Dragonette. He has hosted his own shows (including a 6 year weekly run at the legendary Numbers Cabaret where he showcased fresh talent), and performed with the likes of local favorites (Vicky Sjohall, Brad Pedwell, Sam Masich, Tara C Taylor) as well as some of music’s legends (Jane Sibbery, Mr. Big, Carole Pope and the late Long-John Baldry).
Among the hilights of his catalogue is an exciting project – “This City’s Colors” – which celebrates his city of Vancouver in all of it’s splendor. Inspired by the growing homeless population, the controversy over the Vancouver Olympics and violence in the gay community, Matthew paints a picture of life in one of the most stunning cities in the world amidst a difficult time of change. The eclectic rock album takes a back to basics approach with vintage synths, distorted guitars and rich harmonies. It reflects Matthew’s feeling towards his home of Vancouver: diverse and beautiful; elements of rage and fear balanced with hope and pride.
Four music videos by local filmmakers (Stephen Emery, Brendan James Boyd) accompany the project. The most recent a fresh, steamy, queer themed short to his dance epic 4U2BM9. These videos along with all of Matthew’s recordings are available on his website (www.matthewpresidente.com)
Matthew is available for any type of performance ranging from intimate or formal singer/songwriter settings to bigger dance and rock stages that require a fuller sound. His style is versatile enough to fit any sort of event. Please contact Matthew for info and rates.