Matt Johnson (keyboardist)

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Matt Johnson
Jamiroquai - Matt Johnson 2017.jpg
Johnson in 2017
Background information
Born (1969-02-03) 3 February 1969 (age 49)
Origin Bournemouth, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Instruments Keyboards
Years active 1990s–present
Associated acts Jamiroquai (2002–present)

Matt Johnson (born 3 February 1969, Bournemouth, England) is a British keyboardist who plays for the funk and jazz band Jamiroquai.

Biography[edit]

Johnson was aged one and a half when he started playing the piano at his family home. "My dad was a musician, so there was always music playing in the house; but I remember being taught by a scary old piano teacher, who must have been over 90 years old". His influences range from Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis through to Squarepusher.

Before playing in Jamiroquai, Johnson was a widely respected writer and performer for bands Sunray—with whom Kym Mazelle recorded a cover of "Perhaps"—and Nu Hope. He has also written and produced songs for artists such as Alexia, who had a minor hit with "Ring".

His route into Jamiroquai was via an audition in 2002. He was recommended by Simon Katz, a previous guitarist, and Derrick gave him the call. The audition was a success, and Matt is now a well-established writer and member of the Jamiroquai family.

Johnson has also had a stint as the chief songwriting partner and producer—along with a Jamiroquai bandmate, guitarist Rob Harris—for singer-songwriter Julian Perretta, helping him create his debut album, Stitch Me Up, which was released in 2010.[1]

He joined Jamiroquai on 2 May 2002, replacing the founding member Toby Smith as keyboardist.

Johnson produced and co-wrote songs for the group's 2017 album Automaton with band-mate Jay Kay.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Julian Perretta | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Jamiroquai Automaton". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2018-04-28.