Scott Mathews is an American made Music Producer, Composer, Arranger, Multi–instrumentalist, Music Publisher, Media Entrepreneur, Entertainment Industry Executive, Recording Studio Owner/Operator and Consultant/Speaker/Mentor.
Beginning at age 17, he is now in his 41st year of a professional career in the music business that has earned him more than 40 million units in sales, involving various projects that have achieved nearly as many GRAMMY and Oscar winning awards and nominations. His first Oscar winning project was in 1975 and his latest GRAMMY winning project was in 2013.
Characterized in Rolling Stone magazine in 1977 as a 'wunderkind', he displays amazing longevity in the music industry by continuing to make worldwide hits in a plethora of genres. His work has consistently appeared in Billboard's Top 10 list including several chart topping # 1s - his latest # 1 production coming in 2012.
With his fierce independence, passion for music and artists' rights, he is working in new media tech to help develop new models for an industry that is in desperate need of disruptive innovation and transparency. He says it feels like 'the wild west' again and having never been a corporate 'suit', is dedicated to building a system entirely different than the old label model of 'us and them'. His mission is to see music creators and music consumers in it together by eliminating the friction caused by typical 'velvet rope' type artist deal structures and unnecessary third party percentages taken out of the artist's pocket.
Still, new music creativity is in his very DNA so he is more busy than ever discovering and developing new, emerging artists and produces several projects every year. His success in music has set him up to have a private, state-of-the-art music studio for his exclusive use but he still travels the world to wherever the talent leads him. His rich musical career is based on working with most of his heroes beginning when he was in his teens. He grew up learning his craft by studying records and eventually accumulated a huge vinyl collection of many of the legendary artists he soon found himself working with.
A partial list of his legacy artist collaborations includes, (A-Z):
Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), The Beach Boys, Clint Black, The Blind Boys of Alabama, David Bowie, Zac Brown, Jimmy Buffett, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Glen Campbell, Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Elvis Costello, Ry Cooder, Robert Cray, Dick Dale, Snoop Dogg, Lamont Dozier, Dave Edmunds, Roky Erickson, Jefferson Starship, Jerry Garcia, Billy Gibbons, Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, George Harrison, Mickey Hart, James Hetfield (Metallica), John Hiatt, John Lee Hooker, Chris Isaak, Michael Jackson, Etta James, Mick Jagger, Booker T. Jones, B.B. King, Patti Labelle, Curtis Mayfield, Huey Lewis and the News, Nick Lowe, Taj Mahal, Steve Miller, Pat Monahan (Train), Eddie Money, Van Morrison, Graham Nash, Aaron Neville, Roy Orbison, Van Dyke Parks, Steve Perry, The Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, Joey Ramone, Keith Richards, Kidd Rock, Todd Rundgren, Carlos Santana, Joe Satriani, Boz Scaggs, Neal Schon (Journey), JD Souther, Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand, Allen Toussaint, The Tubes, Joe Walsh, Bob Weir, Robin Williams, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Brian Wilson, Dan Wilson, Bobby Womack, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Dwight Yoakam, Neil Young and countless other major artists including more than 70 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees.
SO THEY SAY…
"Mathews is a wunderkind."
Rolling Stone Magazine
"I want to be just like Scott. He writes, produces, sings and plays all the instruments himself."
"I thought that I was playing with Charlie but I looked up and saw Scotty.
It’s like we’ve been playing together for 30 years, like this (hands folded).
"Scotty picked me up when my career really needed a jolt and after that wonderful things like the Wilburys and everything else took shape."
"When you hit that groove, man, I almost slide off my chair. It’s nasty."
"Is there a single musical instrument ever made that Scotty can’t play?"
Dr. James Billington – United States Librarian of Congress
"You’d think with two f****** drummers in this band, we could find one f****** solid feel…would you show them something?"
"Our work together is still one of my favorite records I have ever done."
"You are a friend I could use a little help from and are welcome up on my stage to play MY drums anywhere, anytime, Scotty. Just bash ‘em, baby!"
"My band has a sound that only we can make. When Scotty played me his track for me to sing on, I realized he can make that sound all by himself!"
"Who the hell does this guy think he is?"
"Scott's sound is pure like meat and blood."
"Mathews’ productions sounds the way good bourbon tastes, smooth and with a kick."
"Bold and timeless music production."