Matt performs solo and with the 3 piece band "the MLC" playing a mix of balladeering Indie Rock 'n' Roll with a hint of Motown.
After an extensive background of performing traditional live music gigs across the country he took the ridiculous but ultimately rewarding leap of Mental Health self-help by taking a theatre show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018.
Though he had no history of theatrical performance, hadn't spoken to anyone close about it, without the actual funds or a completed script, Matt travelled to a city he'd never been to, never mind the fringe itself, and We are what we overcome was born.
Roll on to the present day and through the different threads of live shows, online episodes, podcasts, music, film and a book the aim is to attract that sector of society that doesn’t attend the theatre or talk about Mental Health issues i.e. men.
- BUXTON FRINGE
"Engaging, moving and honest"
- THREE WEEKS EDINBURGH
WE ARE WHAT WE OVERCOME
Since its origins at the Edinburgh Fringe, We are what we overcome has been developed substantially, and the project continues to grow in response to world events. Read more about each of the threads which are emerging...
This two hour show and full band performance mixes live music, heartfelt stories and open conversation about Mental Health.
"Changing Tides" is the first of 5 one-hour enhanced stories taken from the Live Theatre show. Based around Antony Gormley's Another Place, the story is set within the ebb and flow of the Mersey. Music, comedy, spoken word and chat.
A musician, an improviser and a psychotherapist talk about mental health and well-being. A podcast for starting an essential conversation about mental health, particularly for men. Numerous episodes available online now.
Due for release in late 2021 the book will contain expanded dialogue around the stories from the show and some connected to it. With illustrations from Stevie Mitchell (inky conditions) and insights from a variety of artists.
We've produced a number of music videos available on YouTube and Facebook. Currently working with Film makers to produce a professional short to accompany next year's theatre tour .
…and always, the music...written, played, performed, recorded. Songs from the band and the show can be found online at Spotify, itunes, Deezer etc.