Matt Holland

Trumpet FlugelHorn & BVs

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Ive recorded Grammy Award Winning albums for Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin & Daniel Beddingfield. Also Roger Daltrey, Lisa Stansfield, Wet Wet Wet, The Hoosiers. Touring and performance credits include Van Morrison - over 1000 gigs (Also MD) Burt Bacharach, Robbie Williams, YungBlud, DeepPurple, GoWest, BenEKing Sam Moore(Sam&Dave)

I can record Trumpet and FlugelHorn in my home studio on a quick turn around basis.
I can also arrange for brass section and contract players for you as required

Album Credits include
Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company
Aretha Franklin - A Brand New Me
Van Morrison - Days Like This, The Healing Game, Back On Top, Whats Wrong With This Picture, Down The Road, Magic Time,
Daniel Beddingfield - Gotta Get Thru This
The Hoosiers - The Trick To Life
Roger Daltrey - As Long As I Have You
Deep Purple - Turning To Crime
Wet Wet Wet - The Journey
Shakin Stevens - Echos Of Our Times, Re-Set
YungBlud - Movin On Up

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.


  • English

Interview with Matt Holland

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: In the early 2000s while acting as musical director for Van Morrison, he sent me to New York to meet with Ray Charles and prepare for a performance together.Ray was presenting him with an award as Van was being inaugurated into the songwriters Hall of Fame. We performed a couple of songs and Van and Ray dueted together. Ray was recording an album at the time called "genius loves company" – the track made it onto the album, which, sadly it was Rays last ever recording, but something to be very proud of nonetheless..

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: My own project of the Latin jukebox as well as various gigs in the UK and Europe.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: By very nature of online recording, digital is to be a better option, although nothing can beat than that warm oldschool analog sound for the right project.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: I will deliver on schedule and to brief but will also go that extra mile and offer that extra bit of x-factor when appropraite.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: Every day is different. I get to work with lots of new and interesting people and gain more experience - every day I learn something new.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: How long will it take? I can work to a strict schedule and have on occasion been able to turn around a project within the hour..

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: That anyone can do it. It is relatively cheap to get yourself set up with studio equipment, but experience can’t be bought.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: I like to ask about their influences and artists that they are into… Ask about their goals, expectations and schedule.

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Always fact check what you are being told by your provider… Anyone can write anything on the Internet these days – Check they've generally been involved in the work that they claim to have done.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: 1. Laptop 2, Mic 3.Interface 4. Midi Keyboard 5. Generator!!

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I studied jazz and commercial music at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and also spent a couple of years with a national is Jazz Orchestra… From there, I forged a path onto the music scene working with a wonderful cross-section of some of the most acclaimed and iconic artists in the world.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: I love all aspects of trumpet and flugelhorn playing. Im comfortable playing fizzy exciting brass parts but alos really enjoy a cool sympathetic improvised solo.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: When I was 18, I went to see a band called The Brand New Heavies… I was completely spellbound by them and fantasised about playing with them – fast forward 2016, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with them a number of times… I love their funky grooves, and how the horn section is an integral part of the sound .

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: Prefered DAW is Logic Apogee Interface U87 mic

  29. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  30. A: When I was 18, I went to see a band called The Brand New Heavies… I was completely spellbound by them and fantasised about playing with them – fast forward to 2016, and I got the opportunity to work with them on a number of gigs … I love their funky grooves, and how the horn section is an integral part of the sound .

  31. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  32. A: 1 flugel horn or 3 .... 2 never sounds good!

  33. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  34. A: Pop, Jazz and roots music

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: Interpretation of whats needed and delivery of projects to schedule. When appropriate going that extra mile and offering options that may not have been condidered.

  37. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  38. A: 30 years of experience working with world renowned artists.

  39. Q: What's your typical work process?

  40. A: 1. Speak with writer to understand their journey towrds the recording their experiences and most importantly their influences. 2. Listen to the lyrics. 3. Prepare a work flow, chart out geography of song and write arrangement. 4. Record parts. 5. Liaise with client. Obviously this is different if its a straight forward record of pre arranged parts.

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: 1.Arranging for brass section and recording of. 2. Augmenting current sample brass with trumpet to give a live, authentic feel. 3 . Solo trumpet parts and improvised solos.

GenresSounds Like
  • Van Morrison
  • Ray Charles
  • Chet Baker
Gear Highlights
  • Fully pro recording equipment.
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