Based in the Los Angeles area, passionate and thoughtful singer/songwriter, Matt Koelsch ['kel-sh’], has built his musical career around stirring lyrics, percolating rhythms, and soaring vocals. His songs strike a chord with listeners as he draws inspiration from the gains, losses and adventures throughout his life growing up in New England.
Matt's wide range of influences shows itself in the large variety of covers he preforms at his live shows ensuring that everyone will hear something they love.
Sounds like / Influenced by: Jack Johnson, Ben Howard, John Mayer, David Gray, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Paul Simon
The sound worth traveling for. Matt Koelsch has that positive, catchy, amazing sound that keep my friends and I coming back to see him again and again. From the House of Blues to the Marriott, OC Weekly Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts and now Downtown Disney. Ever since I booked him for our wedding, his amazing sound coupled with his absolute professionalism made our day so special we just keep following him where ever he may go. But seriously for a performing artist this gentlemen takes pride in his art, but also his business. Very easy to work with.
YNB has had the honor of hosting Matt as a musical performer at numerous shows over the past 3 years. Every time he performs, the audience is captivated. His music is not only beautiful, but Matt, as a performer, is engaging, enthusiastic, and everything he does looks effortless. In addition to being a great performer, Matt is kind, personable and a joy to be around.
The performance that Matt was energetic and refreshing for my hotel. Certainly a memorable experience through his smooth lyrics that livened up the room with head bops and smiles from the crowd. Matt is a true professional and a VERY talented singer/song writer/musician - One artist that should not be missed!
Matt was a musical guest for a Soundbath event I hosted at my home a few weeks ago in the Hollywood Hills~~an event that fuses live musical improvisation and restorative yoga to manifest a unique experience that reverberates from the people in attendance and the energy of that specific evening. His ability to read this energy, begin playing confidently, and to become fluid in his music all at the drop of a hat—captivated everyone’s attention. It speaks volumes about his talent and had them insisting for more! Such a gift to witness. Next level indeed :)
I’ve had the pleasure to interview Matt on our syndicated radio show Business Rockstars and invited him to perform at METal international and on both occasions he knocked it out of the park! Since then I’ve followed him and seen him perform at multiple events, and truly he never lets you down, always a great performance, always professional and a great guy. A real talent!!
Matt Koelsch sang covers and originals on stage in front of 200 of our guests. He was professional, paid attention to our requests, and had all ages on the dance floor. He would be first on our list to hire for future events!
Price Range: $100 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
A high energy, fan engaging, incredibly fun show! Can preform with a full band or a stripped down acoustic show depending on what the event calls for. A mix of original songs and some covers that everyone is sure to love.
A passionate and thoughtful singer/songwriter, Matt Koelsch ['kel-sh’] has built his musical career around stirring lyrics, percolating rhythms, and soaring vocals. His songs strike a chord with listeners as he draws inspiration from the gains, losses and adventures throughout his life growing up in New England.
During the height of the recession Koelsch took a leap of faith from his anchored position in the world of finance into the unknown, turbulent music industry and has been pursuing his passion as a full-time recording and performing artist in Los Angeles, California. Koelsch reflects on a particular moment during this transforming period, “I walked out of the doors of the financial building in Post Office square, I had this feeling of an enormous sense of relief, freedom and uncertainty”.
Koelsch’s latest EP, entitled ‘Thinking of You’ was co-produced with Eugene Toale (Kanye West, Las Cafeteras). The EP was influenced by time and place, the result of being 3,000 miles away from home and the rollercoaster lifestyle of being submersed within the vibrant and diverse city of Los Angeles. "Being in this setting during my late 20’s early 30’s has affected my writing because it has made me more vulnerable” reveals Koelsch. "There is more time and space to explore and discover when you are in a completely new and foreign setting, removed from the comforts of your close network of relationships”.
With a wide-ranging catalog of subject matter including but not limited to the current state of ‘Wall Street’ to a relaxing day in the ‘Waves’ at the beach, ‘Running With The Bulls’ in Pamplona and heartbreak, Koelsch delivers passionate performances filled with falsetto, guitar and whistle solos as he brings his own flavor to the indie/folk/pop genre.
Leading single Perfectly Aligned showcases Koelsch’s catchy vocals and upbeat, dance-worthy melodies, it creates the perfect summer anthem. Thinking of You is a heart-achingly romantic ballad, with yearning lyrics, simple guitar melodies and soothing rhythms, Koelsch delivers a sweet tune that is relatable for all the romantics.
Koelsch’s achievements to date include selling thousands of physical records/CD’s, performing over 170 shows per year, winning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, as well as sharing the stage with members of legendary bands such as REM, Pink Floyd and Toto.
Past Booked Events
|October 06, 2018 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm||Festival|
|July 21, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Renaissance LAX|
|July 19, 2018 • 7:30pm - 11:30pm||Montage Beverly Hills|
|July 15, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Boathouse By The Bay|
|July 13, 2018 • 7:30pm - 11:30pm||Montage Beverly Hills|
|July 12, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Boathouse By The Bay|
|July 09, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Boathouse By The Bay|
|July 07, 2018 • 7:30pm - 11:30pm||Montage Beverly Hills|
|July 05, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Boathouse By The Bay|
Influences & Inspiration
Jack Johnson, Ben Howard, John Mayer, David Gray, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, and Paul Simon