Join M4TR

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 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. But it aspires to be a collaborative musical collective of diverse players combining talents to make meaningful music.

 

M4TR pairs danceable music with social commentary and deep lyrics on all things revolutionary - social issues, politics, technology, philosophy, spirituality... and, of course, love. I sing, play synths/piano, acoustic guitar, and keytar.

 

M4TR celebrates all genres but draws most heavily from danceable indie, new wave, funk, and synth-pop that makes a live audience move. There's also some epic pop/rock ballads thrown in.

 

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 nearly 100,000 streams on Spotify. 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 looking to build a line-up where everybody pitches in on booking and promoting gigs. "M4TR 2.0" should shine with pure harmonies, retro-modern vibes, showmanship, on-stage visual flair, and audience participation. My hope is to play a few shows as a tight trio. Ideally:

• One lead/rhythm guitarist who can sing background or lead

• Second guitarist or second keyboardist who can sing background or lead

• One or more of the above should be female

A trio might require some backing tracks. Once the sound starts to gel, we'd recruit bass and drums. 

 

Here is the originals setlist - a work in progress. With covers and your original tunes thrown in, I'm sure we can create a setlist that generates buzz. Regarding covers and influences, in the Every Noise universe, here's where I hang out most: permanent wave, dance-rock, britpop and alternative dance. (Click links to see artists.)

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). Working together, we can build a kick-ass series of shows quickly.

M4TR needs members who get Instagram, YouTube, etc. and are active on social media to spread the word out. At the moment, M4TR's online visuals (Spotify, Instagram) suggest this is a "solo act" but once people are locked in, I want to flip those visuals to "M4TR is a musical collective of friends" after a few rehearsals and shows. 

Drop me a line at:

 

aj [at] m4tr [dot] band

 

Tell me about you, your musical journey, your influences, and your goals. 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.

 

Thanks!

AJ