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Matt Mahaffey in studio.
|Birth name||Matthew Mahaffey|
June 9, 1973 |
Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, synthesizer, keyboard, programming, guitar, bass guitar, drums|
|Years active||Since 1993|
Wired All Wrong
Matt grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee and was involved with music from a young age. He started writing songs and playing the drums at age 4 and would often perform with his brother, Mike Mahaffey, when they were growing up. By age eleven, he was playing drums at Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park in Pigeon Forge. In the mid-nineties he moved to Murfreesboro, TN and attended MTSU where he would live and work for 10 years and co-founded Spongebath Records. He also formed the band Self in 1994.
He is married with one daughter.
Matt has performed with and produced for many artists. Some well-known artists he has worked with include Pink, Beck, Liz Phair, Tenacious D, Lupe Fiasco, Phantom Planet, Beyoncé, Butch Walker, Hellogoodbye, Forever the Sickest Kids, Miranda Cosgrove, The White Tie Affair, Keith Urban, The Sounds, L.E.O. and Smash Mouth. In 2005, Matt began producing with Jeff Turzo (God Lives Underwater) under the moniker Wired All Wrong. Wired All Wrong's first full production, Hellogoodbye's Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! yielded the platinum single, "Here (In Your Arms)". Matt recently contributed vocals to Lupe Fiasco's album Lasers.
Matt has worked with various film makers including Ivan Reitman, Michael Mann, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Andrew Adamson, & Hans Zimmer (for film score). Matt wrote "Stay Home" for the Shrek soundtrack, and subsequently produced the music for the surprise endings of Shrek, Shrek 2, and Shrek 4.
Matt and his brother, Mike Mahaffey, wrote and performed the infamous Expedia.com tagline. Matt has also written jingles and composed music for Pedigree, Jumbone, Medicare, and Lexus. His music has been featured on numerous shows including CSI: Miami, DanceLife, Entourage, MTV, E! Entertainment, Dirty Sexy Money, Weeds, and 60 Minutes. Matt wrote and produced the music for Nickelodeon's Ni Hao, Kai-Lan. Matt also played the Muppet character "Animal" in a drum-off with Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He is currently providing songs and score for Disney's Henry Hugglemonster & Nickelodeon's Sanjay and Craig.