Adam Matta

Adam Matta

BandHip HopAvant-garde

Fast, precise vocal percussion, with scratching, horn, sound effects and soundscapes. Reference blues, rock, hip hop, funk, triphop, drumnbass and Middle Eastern, sometimes all in the same composition.

Biography

Adam Matta, vocal percussionist and sound effect artist, is a 2007-09 Artist in Residence at Cornell University, where he produces live events and beatboxes for dance classes. He performed at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, with Bobby McFerrin and 19 other young vocalists from around the world, in "Instant Opera!." Solo shows include: The New Museum for Contemporary Art, Here Arts Center, La MAMA Annex, PS 122 and Galapagos. Featured in: "Beatbox Bard," Bruce Levitt's 2007 play, mixing beatboxing and Shakespeare; Damon Wayan's "The Underground," on Showtime. Music appears in: "The L Word: Season II, Sessions," released on Tommy Boy Records; Benson Lee's documentary, "Planet B-Boy;" NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and Storycorps. He has performed with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, Bora Yoon, Sxip Shirey, Eyal Maoz, Tim Lefebvre, Shara Worden, and Beatboxer Entertainment, at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, Madison Square Garden, Town Hall, and the Apollo Theater.

Lyrics

Crazy When I'm Old

Written By: Adam Matta

I'm gonna be crazy when I'm old
I'm gonna be crazy when I'm old
I'm gonna be crazy when I'm old
I'm gonna be crazy when I'm old

Sitting on my dresser is a bottle of change
PAcked with lucky pennies that I found on the range
Took 'em out to see if I could use
'em to pay
Looked me in the face and then they turned me away
So I built a stack, then I put 'em back
Exactly where they lay

(Chorus)

Ridin on my bicycle on Madison Ave.
Thinkin of the bicycles that I wanna have
Poppin little wheelies though noone's around
I got a trumpet make the funkiest sound

Diggin in the garden just to pick out a bone
Wiggin beg your pardon gotta catch me alone
Singing and I'm harmonizing the busy tone
Dialiin all the numbers on the back of the phone
Countin sheep to get some sleep
But everyone's a clone

(Chorus)

I'm talking slowly to a bunch of my friends
They tell me I got a case of the bends
I agree it's hard to see through this broken lens
But everybody knows it's hard to get to the end
One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven Ideas of what it's like

(Chorus)

Beatbox and Smile

Written By: Adam Matta

I'm done with your letters
I'm done with your jokes
I'm done with your album covers
I'm done with your hoax
You had me believin
That you'd be my bride
But it's getting harder and harder and harder
To beatbox and smile at the same time

We had a show at the town county hall
I kept the tempo and Riverman called
But every time I looked down at the line
You were entangled in arms that weren't mine
And if it hadn't been over and over again
The same partner, I'd probably be fine
But it's getting harder and harder and harder to beatbox and smile at the same time

You told me we were meant to be
And all of a sudden, I had to agree
And I would just keep beatboxin as long as I can
As long as you were next to me, holding my hand
But now I'd have to write you a thousand little words, or draw you a picture, cause you hadn't heard...

I'm done with your letters
I'm done with your lies today
I'm done with your album covers
I'm givin 'em all away
And I'll keep telling myself I could stop on a dime,
But it's getting harder and harder and harder to beatbox and smile at the same time...

Underground

Written By: Adam Matta

I been underground for a minute
I been underground for a day
I been all around this city
And all I can do is say

That you oughta know you were the one
You left me lonely left me here
You oughta know you were the one
You left me lonely left me here

(repeat)

Discography

Rage Against the Drum Machine--solo, self-released, 2005
The L Word Season II: Sessions(Tommy Boy Records)--guest artist, 2005
Too Hot to Sleep, Luminescent Orchestrii--guest artist, 2005
Chambers Sessions, The Animators--guest artist, 2004
Feel Good Music for the Broke Middle Class, Mad Happy(Bar None)--guest artist, 2003

Set List

Solo freestyle(Tom Tom Club, Run DMC, etc.)
Easy(Commodores cover)
Coptic Beatbox Remix
Underground
50 Ways(Paul Simon cover)
So What(Miles Davis)/Mr. PC(John Coltrane)
Day in the Life(sound effects story)
Get Down/Up
Under my Breath
Semiotix
Loop pedal freestyles

5 mins. - 2 hrs., mostly improvised funk jams