Matthew James Aitken (born 25 August 1956 in Coventry) is an English songwriter and record producer, brought up in Astley, Greater Manchester, best known as the creative force behind the 1980s songwriting/production trio Stock Aitken Waterman.
He began his musical career as a musician and was a member of many different bands before teaming up with Mike Stock to write and produce music for other artists. They both later teamed up with Pete Waterman, and they went from small independent labels to the major RCA, producing a myriad of hits. According to Waterman, Aitken was a noted perfectionist, particularly when it came to his guitar solos.
After the partnership split up in the early 1990s, Aitken went into a period of retirement, raising his daughters Isabelle and Romy, and enjoying life. He returned to the music industry briefly, before seemingly retiring again.
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- "Classic Tracks: Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up". Soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
- Alexis Petridis (3 December 2005). "Alexis Petridis meets Stock, Aitken and Waterman | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
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