San Francisco, CA
Matt Langlois, (A.K.A. “The Welcome Matt”) a New England native, took flight to California soon after graduating from high school in Manchester, Vermont. After dabbling in various music projects in the San Francisco underground music scene, Matt found himself following his then German girlfriend to Hamburg. Soon the successful Betterment Letters were formed with a curious bunch of Hamburg musicians and drinking buddies.
Odd jobs, Hamburg gigs and crazy adventures commenced. A career high point included working at the infamous Markthalle Concert Hall collecting ticket stubs and keeping stage divers in line by wrangling them single file to cut down on the inevitable and numerous injuries.
Once back in San Francisco, Matt helped formed the successful Buddhakowski, a paean to both the enlightened deity and inebriated scribe. Buddhakowski released a CD, amassed the obligatory following, and performed at all the über cool venues. With his songwriting and front man skills refined, he struck out on his own, to favorable early returns.
Though Matt loves to record, the stage is his preferred habitat. With a subtly arched eyebrow, thrusted hip, and sideways cock of the head, his persona echoes the greats of yore – Townsend, Davies. A natural storyteller, his phrasing punctuates each lyric, drawing in the eager listener to find out what happens next.
Some Cool Facts:
Matt Langlois’s songs have been aired on major networks, Fox and NBC.
“Wake Me Up In San Francisco” can also be heard during Giants baseball games in AT&T Park and was also heard nation wide on network TV during the 2007 MLB’s All-Star game.
In March 2008, Matt was featured on the KFOG Morning Show (104.5fm – in the bay area). Renee Richardson of KFOG is a strong supporter of the San Francisco Local Scene and has chosen to include The Welcome Matt as part of its family.
Followed by the morning show appearance, in the same week…The Welcome Matt played to a sold out audience at the Café Royale in San Francisco. The show began with a live interview with KFOG’s Renee Richardson. After the interview or “conversation with Renee”…The Welcome Matt performed a full band show and rocked the faces of those fortunate enough to get in the door.
Way back in 2004, KFOG released their first Local Scene CD…Track 1 – The Welcome Matt – “Wake Me Up in San Francisco”. Also, You know all those You Tube KFOG Videos? Check out the KFOG intro and listen to the song played…Yup, you guessed it, “Wake Me Up In San Francisco”.