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Matt Backer was born in New Orleans in a log cabin he helped build. He has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, Belgium, the Caribbean, and Leamington Spa.
He is a waste of a good education, residing in London with his wife and children.

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03
Jan

Matt Backer Wins Independent Music Network Favourite International Artist Award!

We received word late yesterday that Matt Backer won The Independent Music Network's Award for Favourite International Artist.
In true international form, Matt accepted news of the award via his mobile phone on an airplane....on his way to a show!
Congrats Matt. We're all so proud of you! Here's a smiling Mr Backer in GOOD COMPANY with Martin Fry and his bandmates in ABC.
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17
Dec

Premier of Dick Carruther's Julian Lennon Documentary

Looking forward to the premier of Dick Carruthers' documentary on Julian Lennon "Through The Picture Window" this evening. Dick Carruthers has worked with The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who and Led Zepplin. Should be an excellent evening!
Here's a pic of me and Julian in 1999.

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12
Dec

At RAK Studios in London working on a secret project

Matt's been recording at RAK Studios this week. As usual, the project is rather hush hush until Matt decides to clue us in to the particulars of his most recent studio sessions.

Situated just north of Regent's Park in London, RAK Studios were established in 1976 by music legend Mickie Most. For over three decades a bevy of musicians have recorded at RAK including Sir Paul McCartney, Roger Daltry (is he a Sir)?, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, Primal Scream, Adele, The Cure and Simply Red - just to name a few.

Matt is undoubtedly soaking up a lot of history as he plays guitar on a new "mystery" project!

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11
Dec

An interview with Matt Backer at 80slegends.com

Glen at 80legends.com recently sat down with Matt to conduct a brief interview. We encourage you to check out www.80slegends.com for all the info about your fav 80s music and musicians. It is a truly fun site!

It was a great privilege that I recently got to chat with highly respected guitarist, singer songwriter Matt Backer. His list of recording credits includes Visage, Elton John, Swing Out Sister, Ton Hadley and Sinead O’Connor. Matt very kindly made himself available after rehearsals and just before a very busy schedule which included a video shoot for a documentary with Julian Lennon and a trip to Singapore to perform with Bananarama and Belinda Carlisle. - See more at: http://80slegends.com/matt-backer-a-very-british-american/#sthash.0ccN6XPv.dpuf
http://80slegends.com/matt-backer-a-very-british-american/

Read all about what Matt was up to earlier this year!


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06
Dec

Where in the world was Matt Backer in 2013?

How is it possible that another year has drawn to a close and we're about to hear the pitter patter of reindeer hooves on our rooves (see what I did there)?

It started off well with a New Music Award for Best New Top 40 Duo/Group with Julian Lennon. Idle Hands, my new record, developed quite a life of its own, and "Let's Art" was a number 1 on three US radio charts and number 12 on the FMQB chart. I got my solo gig feet wet and found I liked it. I had shows in Europe, Ireland and the UK and the US. I also got up a good head of steam on the next album, almost certainly to be called "Get Backer".

I still made plenty of noise with others, one of my favourite things to do. I did it with Peter Cox. I reconnected with Marcella Detroit and Peter Every's Neophyte Recursions after decades long gaps. Releases out this year that I contributed to include Colored Life by Gregory Darling, Songs from the Suitcase by Tony Mortimer, and Tales from the Grand Bazaar by the Bombay Dub Orchestra. Award nomineeds include Bill Blue's Mojolation, Laura Mvula's Sing to the Moon and Julian Lennon's Everything Changes.

And I just found out I've been nominated in four catagories for the 2013 Independent Music Awards: Favourite Single for Let's Art, Favorite Video for Let's Art, Favourite International Artist and Favourite Male Artist. Awards will be announced the second week of January 2014.

Finding new projects is always fun. Old and new friends include Zophia Amey, Bowie Jane, Phil Taylor, Rob Ernest, Michael Hill and Zach Tempest.

But I wasn't always stuck in the studio. As well as the usual raft of festivals and shows with ABC in the UK, UK and Europe, I got to spank my plank with Holly Johnson, Bananarama, Paul Young, Marc Almond, Mick Wilson, Rick Astley and Belinda Carlisle. I also got to teach a Master Class at The University of Hertforshire.

2014 opens with a few solo shows in the UK, a possible excursion to Key West to work on my new record with producer Ian Shaw at Warmfuzz Records and before we know it, spring will be upon us and it'll be time to hop on planes and jaunt around the globe with ABC and the usual festival suspects.

Cheers!
elisaandmatt

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