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Shirley Temple of Doom
The Ed Volpe Band
Baze and His Silly Friends
The bass bug bit Matt Volpe hard in his last year of high school upon hearing Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Avery from Jane’s Addiction, and Joe Lally from Fugazi. Matt started playing bass in his NYU college dorm at age 19. He has not put down the instrument since. As his musical tastes expanded to jazz, dub, r & b, and metal, it became clear to him he needed to play bass, not just wanted to play bass. His first band was with the Elevens, a rock/pop group formed with college friends. A more serious venture began when he later joined the NYC underground art metal band Shirley Temple of Doom, where he grew not only as a bassist but as a songwriter. After 10 years and 3 full-length albums later, Matt left STD to pursue other musical opportunities. He did a one off improv record with an art rock band he helped form named Blanche Mayhem. He appeared as a session bassist for the GODSPELL 2000 soundtrack on Universal Records. He later joined a Williamsburg, Brooklyn alt rock outfit named Slim Francis. Matt then became a member of the female fronted punk/pop band, Pucker. He later joined a children’s music extravaganza band, Baze and His Silly Friends and he loved every second of it. He plays bass and records occasionally with his cousin’s rock band, The Ed Volpe Band. Matt is also a session bassist, having recorded with acclaimed television composer, John Angier. From 2010 to the fall of 2012, Matt was the bass player for Atom Strange, an alt rock band from NYC that specializes in “HI-FI SCI-FI” rock music which combines many musical genres. Presently, Matt has formed a composing team with Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros called biCoastal Sounds. Matt and Pete write, perform and produce music cues for licensing in film, television, video games and mobile media. In addition to his life in music, Matt is a freelance Senior Writer/Producer for various TV cable networks and lives in New Jersey with his wife and their son.