Musician and Producer Matt Oestreicher recently found himself mired in a troubling paradox. While mentoring kids in his music program, he realized he was encouraging children to aspire high, but he wasn’t pursuing his own dreams. Despite becoming an accomplished sideman musician, he had yet to fulfill his desire to record and release any of his work.
This epiphany has led to a boldly soulful reclamation, and, now, Matt announces his infectious and enlightening debut album, Dream The World New. It’s an empowering record that melds rousing 1980s pop-rock with self-reflective themes.
“This album is the result of a victory of heart over head—the decision to live with integrity and in accordance with my values,” the New York City-based artist affirms.
For two decades, Matt has been a first-call professional musician. He is a well-known producer, arranger, performer, writer, bandleader, Podcaster, educator, and virtuoso on keyboards and guitars. In his career, he has traversed a wild array of genres, including funk, soul, jazz, R&B, rock, third stream, kirtan, and avant-garde.
A select cross section of the artists he’s performed and worked with include Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Cee-Lo Green, Will i Am, Weird Al, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul Shaffer, Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Talib Kweli, Esperanza Spalding, Krishna Das, Anita Baker, among many others.
Currently, he is the arranger/keyboardist/guitarist for the world famous Apollo Amateur Night Band, He is the Music Director for the New York revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. He has played lead guitar for Beautiful the Musical: The Carole King Broadway Show, and was in the house band for several tv shows including Showtime At The Apollo on FOX. Matt has also composed music for film and TV, and appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The ESPY Awards, and Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars.
Parallel to his success as a career musician, Matt has been on an odyssey for truth and enlightenment into Eastern philosophy and practices. Post college, he dedicated the greater part of 4 years living at yoga centers and meditation centers where he worked in exchange for instruction in Eastern spiritual and body practices. Today, Matt is certified as a yoga teacher, chi gong teacher, massage therapist and energy healer. He also heads up the discussion show “One With Everything,” he co-founded the community youth arts non-profit Your Time To Shine, and he hosts the Podcast “The Mindful Musician.”
Dream The World New is where Matt’s spiritual path intersects with his musical path. “I came to a point where I wanted to connect with people instead of being a technician. I wanted to streamline things with my yoga work and create one identity,” Matt says. The album’s title references the school of thought where we have the potential through our intentions to architect a more peaceful world.
As much as the album was an enlightening progressive process, it also allowed for a powerful regression: Matt could finally go back to the 1980s music he loved as a kid without the judging mindset of an accomplished virtuoso steeped in jazz and classical.
Dream The World New bursts forth with sublime pop melodies, soul grooves, nuanced musicianship, rich chord changes, and tasteful displays of virtuosic musicianship in service of the songs. Select standout tracks include the anthemic piano-driven “Soul Doctor,” the sophisticated and soaring lead off single, “Human Anymore,” and the revelatory title track.
Threaded throughout the album is the theme of technology as a literal and metaphorical hazard and how we need to be mindful of as technology takes on a life of it’s own. “Human Anymore” poses the inevitable and disastrous problem of human obsolescence where technology takes away job opportunities. “Soul Doctor” poses the question: How can we find a way for humanity and technology to harmoniously coexist without sacrificing the soul and character of our society?
The title track delves into introspective pastoral folk track for an emboldening message. Matt explains: “It's about trusting yourself more than trusting the messages you get from media—don’t let the voices of the world become louder than your deepest yearning and beliefs.”
In his life, Matt has now heeded his own advice on the song “Dream The World New,” and his dual journeys in music and in self-knowledge have come to a powerful intersection with his debut. “The one thing I’ve learned through all of this is that you can’t put a price on freedom and being yourself as an artist,” he says. “I’m now doing what I love and living with integrity and authenticity.”
Matt is a producer, arranger, performer, writer, band leader, and educator. He has performed/worked with many internationally loved artists like Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Anita Baker, Cee-Lo Green, Will i Am, Ray Chew, Jon Bon Jovi, The Isley Brothers, Paul Shaffer, Ben E. King, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Maya Rudolph, Weird Al, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Boys II Men, Talib Kweli, Travie McCoy, Esperanza Spalding, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Valerie Simpson, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Melvin Sparks, Mike Gordon, Krishna Das, Wah!, The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. Matt is the arranger/keyboardist/guitarist for the world famous Apollo Amateur Night Band. On Broadway, Matt has played lead guitar for Beautiful the Musical: The Carole King Broadway Show and he will also be the Music Director for the New York revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe which will be coming to Stage 42 in 2018. Matt also did extensive international touring with Chester French opening for Lady Gaga, Blink 182, Weezer, Q-Tip, and many others. He was a member of the virtuoso Jam band "The Breakfast" (currently Kung Fu) and the classic jazz group "The Verve Jazz Ensemble."
He has written and collaborated on arrangements for the BET Music Awards, Bruno Mars, Rick Ross, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Joan Jett, Michael J. Fox, will.iam, and others. Matt has composed for TV and Film, including recent documentaries We Cause Scenes (premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival), and Carvalho's Journey where he contributed music along with Bill Frisell, Jay Lifton, and John Medeski. Matt has appeared on national television shows including Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and The ESPY Awards, Night of Too Many Stars on Comedy Central,Â and he has played venues and festivals such as Jones Beach, Gathering of the Vibes, and Summerfest. Matt was in the house band for the FOX tv revival of Showtime At The Apollo hosted by Steve Harvey(Airing winter and spring 2018). Matt worked with 13 of Swedens top artists on the TV series "En Kvall i New York" which premiered primetime on STV in August 2016.
After receiving degrees in both Philosophy and Music from Tufts University and New England Conservatory respectively, Oestreicher chose to pursue a different kind of education. Â He spent the greater part of 4 years living at yoga centers and meditation centers where he worked in exchange for instruction in Eastern spiritual and body practices that included yoga, chi gong, martial arts, and meditation. He has studied with many of the great living masters of these arts including a winter living in the Maui home of Ram Dass(Richard Alpert.) Oestreicher is certified as a yoga teacher, chi gong teacher, massage therapist and energy healer.
Matt Oestreicher uses his experience in the entertainment world and the holistic health world to create programs that educate, entertain, and enlighten. His newest show One With Everything (www.onewitheverything.tv) due to release in 2019 features discussions and experiences with spiritual teachers and practitioners from various traditions as well as top quality music. Matt is also the co-founder of the non-profit Your Time To Shine, Inc. (www.yourtime2shine.org)which is a community building arts program meant to supplement arts education for youth from in-need communities.
Matts podcast "The Mindful Musician" (www.mattoestreicher.com/podcast) explores the forces that shape the music industry while also exploring the inner worlds of the artists that create the music.
He released his first album "Dream The World New" (http://www.mattoestreicher.com/music/) in September 2018. Subscribe below for updates: