Full Time At Last

Ahhh, it feels so good to be able to finally write that title!

As of last month I am officially a full time professional musician. Its taken me many years of struggle, hard work and setbacks to reach my goal, but the important thing is that I never gave up. I’m lucky to be blessed with a dogged determination to get what I want at all costs – sometimes it means being endlessly frustrated; but ultimately I always get what I want because I’m willing to put in the work to make it happen.

So, now I am officially one of the house musicians at Smoke & Mirrors in Bristol, which means regular paid gigs for a pre-made appreciative audience. Coupling that with the success of my own open mic night at the Salthouse in Clevedon has meant that I was finally able to ditch the retail job that had been the source of so much misery for so long. I now have the right combination of guitar teaching, solo acoustic gigs and wedding band to make a comfortable living. It feels so good.

mattsmokeMy new job!

It also means I have a lot of free time during the week to pursue more of my originals music. I’m really pleased with how the first couple of tracks are sounding for my album, and I’m back in the recording studio with Charlie Grimsdale and the boys in a couple of weeks.

This year (hell, the last couple) has been pretty rough in many ways but things are on the up. Looking back at the start of this blog just two years ago, I’ve already come so far. I’ve released my first EP, gained praise from the likes of Frank Turner, completely changed my physical appearance and now moved into full time professional musicianship. Now its time to really push the original music.

Watch this space!

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