Matt Pinfield

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Matt Pinfield
BWY with matt pinfield.JPG
Pinfield second from left.
Born (1961-05-28) May 28, 1961 (age 59)
OccupationVJ, TV personality/host
Years active1984–present

Matthew Pinfield (born May 28, 1961) is an American music personality, TV host and radio DJ best known as a video deejay on MTV and VH1. Pinfield also worked as a Vice President of A&R and Artist Development for Columbia Records. From 2011 to 2013 he was the host of the MTV2 alternative music program 120 Minutes, which he also hosted from 1995 to 1999.[1] In 2015, he became a DJ on SiriusXM Radio's Lithium channel.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Early in his career, Pinfield worked as an on-air host and music director at WRSU-FM, the official radio station of Rutgers University. In 1984, he became a radio DJ on the Jersey shore alternative rock radio station WHTG-FM 106.3, and was the main DJ at a New Brunswick, New Jersey club called The Melody Bar. During his tenure, the Melody Bar became a respected alternative music club in the New York City area. Pinfield developed a close personal relationship with a number of British alternative rock bands such as Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Pop Will Eat Itself, and The Wonder Stuff.[citation needed]

During his 10 years at WHTG, Pinfield was the recipient of the Gavin Award (1992 and 1993) for National Commercial Alternative Music Director of the Year.[citation needed]

In 1992, Pinfield appeared in an episode of the first season of MTV's The Real World when he interviewed members of the rock group Reigndance on-air at WHTG. The group's lead singer, Andre, was one of the seven cast members of The Real World.[citation needed]

In 1995, Pinfield began his television career hosting MTV’s 120 Minutes. Within a year, he hosted a variety of MTV shows including MattRock, Pinfield Suite, Pinfield Presents, Rocks Off, Say What?, MTV Live, and over 100 MTV specials. His music knowledge was showcased on TRL's Stump Matt. In 1999, Pinfield joined Universal Television to host and co-write a live television show about music, farmclub.com, which aired in 2000 on the USA Network.[citation needed]

In 2001, Pinfield became Vice President of A & R and Artist Development for Columbia Records, signing and overseeing the making of albums by acts including Coheed & Cambria and Crossfade. During the same time, he hosted WXRK's The Buzz and made cameo appearances on several albums, including a secret spoken word track on Limp Bizkit's Significant Other. In 2005, Pinfield was asked by The Rolling Stones to host their international radio interview for Premiere networks. The special featured all four band members together for the first time in an interview setting in over 35 years.[citation needed]

In 2006, Pinfield returned to television to host VH1's VSpot Top 20 Countdown and HDNet's Sound Off with Matt Pinfield, an in-depth interview program in the vein of Larry King Live.[2] Pinfield also co-starred as himself on several episodes of the Nickelodeon program The Naked Brothers Band.[3]

On August 22, 2007, Pinfield hosted Projekt Revolution, a free concert hosted on Myspace.com.[4] Pinfield hosted Sirius Satellite Radio's Matt Pinfield Plays Whatever He Wants and Soundoff with Matt Pinfield. However, as of November 12, 2008, the merger of XM and Sirius had left the future of these shows in doubt.

Beginning May 28, 2008 Pinfield took over as morning drive DJ on New York radio station WRXP 101.9FM.[5] Pinfield was honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 for his accomplishments in the music industry.

In July 2009, Pinfield worked the counter at Jack White's Third Man Records pop-up store, which operated for two days on Chrystie Street in New York City. The store's primary function was to promote two WRXP gigs that White's band, the Dead Weather, was doing at Terminal 5.[citation needed]

Every February, Pinfield spins 80s/90s alternative classics at the now annual Melody Bar Reunion in New Brunswick, New Jersey.[citation needed]

In July 2011, WRXP changed formats and Pinfield left the station to host 120 Minutes, which had been revived by MTV2. He began hosting the revived weekly series on July 31, 2011.[1]

Pinfield played himself in an episode of Portlandia on January 4, 2013.[6]

In January, 2012, Pinfield was chosen to host "Flashback", the classic rock weekend show on 219 radio stations owned by Cumulus Media.[7]

2015–present[edit]

In 2015, Pinfield became a DJ on SiriusXM Radio's Lithium channel from 7 am to 1 pm (ET) weekdays.[8]

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Pinfield took over the morning DJ time-slot at Cumulus Media's San Francisco outpost, KFOG 104.5.[9]

In 2016, Pinfield published a memoir, All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life".[10]

In 2018, Pinfield penned the foreword for the book 100 Things Pearl Jam Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, by author Greg Prato.[11]

In September 2019, Pinfield covered the Rock in Rio festival for LiveXLive interviewing artists on the backstage.[12]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Los Angeles, California, and previously resided in Harrison, New Jersey and East Brunswick Township.[13][14]

On December 3, 2018, Pinfield suffered a near-fatal accident when he was crossing the street near his Hollywood home. He broke his leg in two places and split his head open all the way to the skull after hitting the windshield headfirst and striking his head a second time on the pavement.[15]

In popular culture[edit]

The Killers' song "All These Things That I've Done" from their 2004 album Hot Fuss is about Pinfield. He met the band while working as a vice president of A&R at Columbia Records.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b MTV Brings Back "120 Minutes" Pitchfork Media July 28, 2011
  2. ^ ""Sound Off With Matt Pinfield" on AXS TV". AXS TV. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  3. ^ "Former MTV Personality Hospitalized After Being Struck by Car". TV. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  4. ^ "NowWhat at MySpace (nowwhat) on Myspace". Myspace.
  5. ^ Spiegel, Rachel. "Matt Pinfield Morning Drive". Retrieved 2008-09-27.
  6. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (December 11, 2012). "Loder, Soren, Pinfield: MTV's Icons Reunite for Portlandia". Vulture.
  7. ^ Barmash, Jerry (January 10, 2012). "Matt Pinfield Makes Radio Return as Host Cumulus of Weekend Show; Not Heard in NYC". Adweek. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Weekly Schedule - Lithium".
  9. ^ "KFOG/San Francisco Sets New Weekday Lineup, Matt Pinfield To Host Mornings".
  10. ^ "Matt Pinfield Reveals Rehab Return". Billboard. January 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Prato, Greg. "100 Things Pearl Jam Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die". Triumph Books.
  12. ^ "Anthrax Backstage: Rock in Rio". LiveXLive. November 5, 2019.
  13. ^ Jordan, Chris. "East Brunswick-bred Matt Pinfield hosts Holiday Extravaganza", Home News Tribune, November 5, 2008. Accessed February 13, 2011.
  14. ^ Cotter, Kelly Jane. "PLAYING HIS PICKS", Asbury Park Press, August 10, 2008. Accessed February 13, 2011. "On weekdays Pinfield gets up at the unrockin hour of 4 a.m. at his home in Harrison and is in the RXP studio by 520 a.m."
  15. ^ a b Parker, Lyndsey (January 22, 2019). "Soldiering on: MTV VJ Matt Pinfield opens up about near-fatal accident, song the Killers wrote for him". Yahoo!.

External links[edit]