Thanks so much for checking out M4TR's music and lyrics and exploring ways to potentially get involved with the project. My name is AJ and I started M4TR as a protest band back in 2017. This page shares a little history of M4TR and attempts to point the way forward. If anything below strikes a chord, let's connect.
M4TR stands for Music 4 The Revolution. At the moment, it's a solo project that was a band. Now, it aspires to be a collaborative hybrid originals/covers band - a musical collective of diverse players combining talents to make meaningful music.
M4TR's original sound is evolving but basically it mashes up retro-future artsy dance-rock with social commentary and razor-sharp lyrics on anything revolutionary - social issues, politics, technology, philosophy, spirituality... and, of course, love. I sing, play synths/piano, acoustic/rhythm guitar, and keytar.
M4TR’s first incarnation had a great run: 20 original songs, two EPs, two LPs,17 live shows in the DMV area with a four-piece live band, and over 200,000 streams on music services. Then COVID happened.
The first live band was tight and we had a blast. We disbanded on good terms in the wake of corona. Now, I'm building a new line-up. "M4TR 2.0" will shine with pure harmonies, retro-modern vibes, showmanship, on-stage visual flair, danceability and audience participation.
• Lead/rhythm guitarist(s) (sing background or lead a bonus)
• A female singer who can sing lead/co-lead, harmonize and play an instrument
• A bass player (sing background or lead a bonus)
• A drummer that can improvise and play with or without drum loops or backing tracks (sing background or lead a bonus)
Initially, I'd like M4TR to book shows as a cover band, build an audience and invite people to original showcases. Here is the originals setlist so far - a work in progress as there are more songs in the works. And here is an epic dance rock playlist to inspire a covers catalog.
With more covers or maybe your original tunes thrown in, I'm sure we can create a setlist and show that generates buzz and builds a community.
If all this sounds like something you'd be into, let's connect. Just let me know your commitment level upfront. If you want to play gigs for a while and move on, totally cool. If things are really clicking, let's explore a deeper collaboration. Whatever works for you.
I have good relations with local musicians, venues, studios, and booking agents (Jammin Java, Union Stage, Pieshop, Pearl Street, Songbyrd, 7DrumCity's The Pocket).
M4TR members should get Instagram, YouTube, etc. and can help spread the word. At the moment, M4TR's online visuals (Spotify, Instagram) suggest this is a "solo act" but once people are locked in, we'll flip those visuals to "M4TR is a musical collective of friends" after a few shows.
Drop me a line at:
aj [at] m4tr [dot] band
Tell me about you, your musical journey, your influences, and your goals. INCLUDE LINKS. After that, we'll set up a call or a VC.
Maybe we can conjure up a little magic, cross new boundaries and spark another revolution.