Who are Matt Otis and the Sound?
Matt Otis and the Sound are an indie/acoustic group (think Mumford and Sons meets Tom Petty/U2) based out of Pennsylvania. Matt Otis plays both solo/acoustic and with his full band (comprised of Percussion/Drums: Charlie McClanahan, Bass Guitar: Kent Tonkin, Saxophone: Alec Zander Reed, Violin: Johnny Bayush).
The group perform a wide range of genres while intertwining their folk-rock originals with unique cover renditions.
Matt Otis and the Sound have currently released 4 full length albums (see discography) which can all be listened to on iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and/or anywhere else! Otis has toured extensively both nationally and internationally (Italy, Europe, France, Spain, Scotland, Ireland). If you catch them out live ask about some travel ideas and it will likely strike up a sound conversation (no pun intended ;).
Some of the bands Otis and the Sound cover include:
- Beatles, the
- Bob Dylan
- Credence Clearwater Revival
- Chainsmokers, the
- Dave Matthews Band
- Ed Sheeren
- Gnarles Barclay
- Green Day
- Hall and Oates
- John Denver
- Lumineers, the
- Monkeys, the
- Mumford and Sons
- Outfield, the
- Rolling Stones, the
- Rusted Root
- Sam Smith
- Sylvan Esso
- Temptations, the
- Third Eye Blind
- Tom Petty
- Vance Joy
- Walk the Moon
- Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs
Please contact Matt Otis and the Sound for booking inquiries. We typically book 1 year in advance but if you see a date available in our timeline let us know and we will do our very best to make it happen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you travel?
Yes, yes and yes! Matt Otis has toured solo all throughout the country and tours nationally (generally in the summer) with the Sound. Let us know your location and if we are available, we will try ot make it work out!
Where do you get your inspiration?
For lyric-writing I gain inspiration from my immediate surroundings initially. This could manifest as the people I love, the dreadful shit going on in the world, and/or the hope I see for humanity to become better. In addition to my immediate perception, I draw a great deal of my lyrical references from literature, philosophy (existential, eastern, and western), films (Arnofsky, Bergman, Scorsese, Kubrick and so many others!). While teaching a course on song-writing I focus my students on writing about what they know and love, as opposed to what they are trying to become. I have found this works for me at least.. But who knows what is correct.
So you are big into films, wat are your top favorite movies?
- 12 Years as a Slave
- Requiem for a Dream
- American Beauty
- Waking Life
- Fight Club
- The Lion King
- Black Swan
- The Big Lebowski
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Yes that is correct, I like it better than Empire Strikes back and I have contemplated this for years! Let’s chat about it after a show if you’d like.
What are you favorite books?
- Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harrari
- Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
- Stoner by John Williams
- The Stranger by Albert Camus
- 11.22.63 by Stephen King
- Freedom from the Known by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Do you perform only with a band?
No. Matt Otis performs about 50% of his shows as a solo-acoustic artist and 50% with his full band
Why do you perform?
The biggest reason for performing is the ability to connect with others while spreading the language of love through music. Music is a great equalizer for listener and performer, unto which I find myself drifting in and out between pleasantly.
Why do you have so many damn music videos?
I feel we are a very visual culture within the 21st century. With that said, it’s no secret that musicians do not make money off of their music anymore. I feel we may as well not try to make a ton of money from music and put out the best selection of visual/auditory art that we can regardless of making money to gain friends & fans. I hope our videos make you think deeper about life, while trying to cultivate more love and connectedness.
Quotes from Venue Owners, Booking Agents, Fans, & Friends
“Matt Otis and the Sound performed at my gallery “The Artseen” and they were the BEST!!! We really enjoyed hosting their concert and the audience loved their performance! We can’t wait to have them back!”
Artseen Venue Owner
“These guys are great. I’m new to booking bands and they were incredibly helpful and easy to work with. They made sure the sound was at a decent level for the outside venue. The customers loved them and a number of my employees asked to make sure we have them back. All around awesome!”
Appalachian Brewing CO. Booking Agent
“What a marvelous group :)!! Their music is fun and entertaining everytime! Matt Otis has indeed a very unique sound! I’ve seen them play on multiple occasions and they never disappoint with their performance. I highly recommend seeing them live and be sure to check out their original albums! You won’t regret it!!”
“I’ve seen this band live twice and on live stream twice. First time I saw them it was kind of a whim chance to go out to see some live music, I’m so glad I went. There’s a good energy at the shows and the music is very danceable,which I love. Plus Matt brings his sloth buddy with him. Always makes me smile to see that sloth. Granted it’s not a real sloth, still fun to see though. They play originals and have pages of request songs to chose from. I love when they play Rusted Root- Send me on my Way. Always a good time watching/enjoying these guys!”
“Matt performed the ceremony music for our wedding and it was PERFECT!! He is so friendly and easy to work with my guests couldn’t say enough great things about him! Thanks Matt!”
“Very fun and great sounding band, performing fantastic originals and unique renditions of classic rock favorites. Recommended!”
Festival Booking Agent/Promoter
“My boyfriend at the time was lucky enough to get Matt to play for us while he proposed at Rocky Gap Casino and it was nothing short of amazing! Matt sounded great and we can’t help but watch it over & over again. Thank you SO much for going out of your way and being apart of it! Hoping to include you in the wedding too!!! Thanks again!”
“What an amazing sound, and a Matt seems like a sweet guy with a good soul! Played a little bit of everything and played it all solid! My personal favorite, Leavin’ on a Jetplane, as it had my little sister and I both in tears and smiles . Look forward to hearing him again soon. I will be watching for his local performances.”
“I love this band! I’ve seen them about 3 times, and they always put on such a fun, lively show! I like the music they make or cover, but even if you didn’t, it would be hard not to get into it. They’re very entertaining and energetic. I like how they cover some songs and include their own songs in the lineup, and the songs they cover are great as they are, but they put their own little twist on them that make them sound even better. Long story short, I would definitely recommend going to see them! I try to every time they come to the area.”
“Great vibe! Everyone in our group loved this show. The best shows are when you find yourself dancing in your seat…and we were all dancing in our seats. Your originals are fantastic and your personal spin on covers is phenomenal. Your ability to take a request and sing it as if you’ve sung it for years was astounding. Your connection with your audience made the show even better. Thank you for an incredible night of music!”
“Matt Otis and the Sound is an awesome band I highly recommend going to see them They totally rock!”
“I have had the pleasure of having Matt Otis play at my annual Client Appreciation Party I have hosted for the past 5 years. His music is outstanding. My clients truly look forward to hearing Matt play. Folks can sing along, make requests or just sit back and enjoy. Matt is the ultimate professional, courteous, on time and his interaction with guests. Extremely talented musician and I highly recommend hiring him for an event or just treating yourself to an evening of great music.”
“My wife and I had stopped at Rocky Gap for lunch. The pleasant surprise of the day was Matt Otis and the Sound! It was a great atmosphere to enjoy our meal and each others company.”
“Matt, we love your music! So glad to have experienced your talent at Merritt Pond in 2017. Thank you for the cd, we love it and play it all the time!”
“Matt Otis and The Sound are easy to listen to. Great, fun music. It is a great mixture of music you know and Matt’s own creations.”
“Matt Otis played for our wedding last September 24th! He did an awesome job and made our day extra special! Thank you Matt!”
“These guy’s sound great, very professional and a very tight musical group, catch these guys if you get a chance to see them.”
“Excellent band!!! Love their music!!”
“I have had the pleasure of enjoying Matt’s music on several occasions. At the most recent event, Matt performed both original music and covers of popular songs. He captivated the audience and made the event a blast! Matt has a unique voice and is incredibly skilled on the guitar. I have enjoyed getting to know him personally and look forward to when he performs again soon. Thanks for sharing your musical gifts, Matt!”
Saint Francis University Booking