Mathew Haeffel
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Mathew Haeffel

River Falls, Wisconsin, United States | INDIE

River Falls, Wisconsin, United States | INDIE
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"Titan TV-Ch 2 (UW-Oshkosh Student Television Station)-Altered State"

Mathew performed and was interviewed on this long running UW-Oshkosh student produced television show. - Altered State Staff


"90.3 WRST-FM-Oshkosh, WI-The Local Lookout"

Mathew was interviewed and performed twice on The Local Lookout, a UW-Oshkosh student run program/station. - Kiesha Dauer


"In Review: Critic's Choice"

"The Mathew Haeffel Band has been earning a reputation and growing crowds. A soulful approach to 60s and 70s-style rock is roughed up a bit with influences ranging from the Stones to Joe Cocker. They have a penchant for creating a new feel at every show by slightly twisting original tunes at each performance. Check out MHB Thursday, Aug. 4 at Linneman's Riverwest Inn." - Shepherd Express-(Milwaukee, WI Free Cultural Newspaper)


"Waterford Post (Waterford, WI Local Newspaper)-Bear Tracks-Mathew Haeffel Band"

Up-and-coming band emerges from Waterford... The Mathew Haeffel Band consists of Mathew Haeffel, Adam Dahlstrom and Nathan Scheiber. Haeffel writes all the original songs, plays lead guitar and performs the vocals. Dahlstrom plays the bass guitar, and Schreiber the drums....
2 column x 5" pic and 1 column x 8" article. - Waterford Post


"Advance Titan News Paper (UW-Oshkosh Student Newspaper)-10/15/08- Mathew Haeffel Creates Positive Blend With Music"

Mathew Haeffel creates positive blend with music

by: Ashley Duvernell


When it comes to describing his music, can’t really give a definite answer, but he does know it’s not like anything else you have heard before.


“Simply, it is original music; an eclectic blend of what I perceive to be the positive aspects of the art and poetry that I have been exposed to,” he said.


Originating in Milwaukee, Haeffel and his band will be coming to Oshkosh Thursday at 10 p.m. to perform at Barley & Hops, located at 663 N. Main St. The band has been to Oshkosh before and this will be their second time performing at Barley & Hops. Members of the band enjoy the community of Oshkosh and think residents are what make a great atmosphere. The band’s drummer, Cody “C-note” Calderon encourages students to come as well.


“I like playing in college towns; it’s a different feel than the bigger cities like Milwaukee, Chicago and the Twin Cities,” Calderon said. College towns give you a feeling like everyone is partying and not worrying about work tomorrow.”


Haeffel gets his inspiration from his surroundings, good or bad, and the music can change from night to night and song to song. Another inspiration for him is the music that he listened to as he was growing up, which was soul and blues.


“Growing up I was exposed to great music such as B.B. King, Otis Redding, Paul Simon, The Rascals, and of course these artists and many others have had a great influence on my own style,” Haeffel said.


Calderon, who plays a combination of percussion (congas and bongos) and a standard drum set, felt more of a jazz influence from his early years. He has been playing drums since he was five years old and owes it all to a percussion teacher in Milwaukee, who would push him on stage to perform. From this push Calderon said eventually it felt natural to him and once on the stage, the fright went away.


“I am where I am at today as a performer thanks to John Ruka. He passed away several months ago and I never got to thank him for getting me into the music business,” Calderon said.


Haeffel first got interested is music because he said it “happened” to him. He was already interested in arts and even aspired to become an actor or a writer, but he eventually figured out that a musician can combine those things.


“I realized that being a singer/songwriter involves the creativeness of a writer, the oratory performance of an actor and the talents of a musician,” Haeffel said.


Being a musician also helps Haeffel get through the tough days because it is a creative outlet for his feelings and it can be a healing process.


“The answer is that art, done well and with conviction, will calm even the most rattled nerves, assuming you can make it through the first few excruciating moments,” Haeffel said.


In the future, Haeffel wants to bring back some of the prestige that live performances used to embody, as opposed to sounding exactly like a record. Each week the band performs at the Bad Genie Rock Lounge in Milwaukee and gives some of their time to help other performers promote themselves. In a world where anything that people want is just a click away, Haeffel wants to bring back the real performace art.


While on the road these guys have their fair share of fun too. With guitar strings breaking every song and Haeffel’s ability to fix that string in a matter seconds, there never is a boring moment with them. Even with all the things that can go bad in a show they still keep it together.


“I am sure that at some point I turned to C-Note and said what I always say in these types of circumstances: You ever take a snapshot of your life, look at it and say, ‘My God, what have I done.’ It’s kind of become a slogan of ours,” Haeffel said.


C-Note also gave some insight into the behind the scenes life of a musician.


“I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom,” Calderon said.


Just remember if you had heard them before, you really can’t expect the same show.


“We haven’t been up to Oshkosh in a while and we age and progress very rapidly,” Calderon said. “If they haven’t seen us before than they’re in for a night full of debauchery.”

http://www.advancetitan.com/?se=Arts+%26+Entertainment&s=7146
- Ashley Duvernell


"Alt-Magazine (Milwaukee, WI Online Magazine)-Local Bootleg-Mathew Haeffel"

As the sun dips low near the crest of Brewer Hill orange rays spill through lightly tinted windows. Mathew Haeffel chats with band manager Matthew Koch near a mic’d amp while drummer Cody “C-note” Calderon adjusts the hi-hat of his hybrid hand-drums/kit percussion set as he finishes setting up for the night’s show.

The Twisted Fork is where Alt dash caught up with Mathew Haeffel on this particular occasion. One of the smaller Milwaukee venues, the North Avenue gig seems to reiterate Haeffel’s emphasis on the importance of exposure to fan base.

Get lines out the door and doors open up all over the place, offers Haeffel, the 25-year-old Wisconsin-born singer/song writer who, with his recent EP “Toaster Fires” and quickly mounting momentum is poised, engine revving on the starting line with the lights about to change.

Haeffel’s blend of styles sounding something like a funk version of Jack Johnson meets Rusted Root has the potential to go big, and Altdash just had to get in on the ground floor to see what makes The Mathew Haeffel Band tick.


Alt-: What would you say have been some of your biggest musical influences?

Matt: Well I grew up heavy into the early soul scene, Otis Redding, Wilson Picket, Marvin Gaye… and then Paul Simon of course was there, he was kind of not in that genre but I love Paul Simon.


Alt-: The hybrid drum kit adds an interesting jam-band feel to your music. How did you guys come to use such a unique percussion setup?

Cody: Well, in my old band, I did have just a set of bongos to the left of my hi-hat then the rest of the kit. When I joined up with Haeffel he had so much percussion stuff already… and all this stuff was sitting in the van. We just pieced it together, the slower stuff starting out on the hands and working it to the kit… I don’t know it just works somehow.

Matt: That took him a while [to learn] actually, the first couple of months it was, so many stick’s would be falling, (laughs) no but he’s talented. It’s hands, then right on the snare beat every time.



Alt-: With the role of the folk singer/song writer becoming re-popularized in the mid 90’s, and poster boys Dave and Jack now spinning on permanent repeat in shopping malls across America, do you fear that there isn’t space in the mainstream for another similar musician?

Matt: I have that fear yeah. It was actually, it wasn’t so much Dave as much as it was Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz and then John Mayer, yeah they all started to come out, and I’m like ‘awe I missed the boat’ you know, ‘I’m 5 years behind’, but I don’t know. I think we’re different enough from those artists that you can find something unique in what we’re doing, cuz we’re not trying to be that at all, we’re not trying to be anything… I meet people every day that don’t know who Dave Matthews is so (laughs), I think it’s out there still.


Alt-: Do you have aspirations to become mainstream?

Matt: Tom petty said “do what you love and hopefully it pays the rent” and that’s the kind of attitude I take... I would love to make a career out of this so I don’t have to get a day job; that would be beautiful, as far as being on billboards and top, you know top billboard charts, doesn’t everybody?



Alt-: Would you continue performing even if you knew that you would never make any money?

Matt: Yes, I don’t make any money now (laughs) it all goes to gas (laughs) but yes… I’ve been hung over or sick and two songs into a set I feel like, it’s medicine to me. I think every other musician would agree with that, and even listeners can understand that because there are so many songs that listeners listen to that make them feel better or put their mind in a different state. Music is healing.


Alt-: If you could pick a favorite show, just one performance, what would it be?

Matt: My favorite shows are the ones where you make incredible moments in music… you know when the band is that tight and everything’s going well… just recently, we were playing trinity a couple times ago, not this last time, and it was like half way through the show all of a sudden stuff started clicking and all of the people started to come in and it was… its moments like that. Those are my favorite shows.


Alt-: Are we going to see an LP any time soon?

Matt: We’re actually working with a guy, Larry Hubbard who’s a musician in the area, and working on doing a production of a song,… we’re sort of testing the waters… so that’s kind of in the works at the end of July. That’s what we’re working on right now… but we usually try to get one [album] out every year, year and a half so I’m sure there’ll be one on the way. We’ve got plenty of material for it (leans into the microphone) if anyone wants to invest we’ll do it tomorrow (laughs).


Click here for the full interview.


As he expands his horizons to Chicago and college campuses around the region, Matt Haeffel is certain to explode his fan base and climb to a new level of r - Brian McComb


"Chicago Acoustic Underground (Chicago, IL Internet Radio Program)"

Mathew was interviewed and perfomed on the Chicago Acoustic Underground Internet Radio Program. It is a weekly program recorded and broadcast from Chicago, IL - Michael Teach and Michael Narvaez


"Chicago Acoustic Underground (Chicago, IL Internet Radio Program)"

Mathew was interviewed and perfomed on the Chicago Acoustic Underground Internet Radio Program. It is a weekly program recorded and broadcast from Chicago, IL - Michael Teach and Michael Narvaez


"Shepard Express (Milwaukee, WI Free Cultural Newspaper)-Mathew Haeffel Toaster Fires Review"

http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/article-3078-matthew-haeffel.html

Published: 7-29-08

Groove-oriented, improvisational-minded folk rock with a smattering of world music flavors is Milwaukee musician Matthew Haeffel's stock in trade. Haeffel and his percussionist, Cody "C-Note" Calderon, must be fans of Dave Matthews and Rusted Root. One may still hope that Haeffel cracks a few more smiles in his goodly number of live gigs than he does on his fifth CD, Toaster Fires; the abundance of musical and lyrical earnestness could stand to be leavened by a few grins. The title and opening Homer Simpson snippet only serve to contrast Haeffel's seriousness. But if you don't mind a jam band-ready acoustic picker/singer in that heavy a mindset, Haeffel is your man.


- Jamie Lee Rake


"Shepard Express (Milwaukee, WI Free Cultural Newspaper)-Mathew Haeffel Toaster Fires Review"

http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/article-3078-matthew-haeffel.html

Published: 7-29-08

Groove-oriented, improvisational-minded folk rock with a smattering of world music flavors is Milwaukee musician Matthew Haeffel's stock in trade. Haeffel and his percussionist, Cody "C-Note" Calderon, must be fans of Dave Matthews and Rusted Root. One may still hope that Haeffel cracks a few more smiles in his goodly number of live gigs than he does on his fifth CD, Toaster Fires; the abundance of musical and lyrical earnestness could stand to be leavened by a few grins. The title and opening Homer Simpson snippet only serve to contrast Haeffel's seriousness. But if you don't mind a jam band-ready acoustic picker/singer in that heavy a mindset, Haeffel is your man.


- Jamie Lee Rake


"Ch. 4 WTMJ-NBC (Milwaukee, WI NBC Television Channel)"

3-7-08 at 9:00am

Mathew was nterviewed and performed on the morning television show, "The Morning Blend" broadcasting live from the Milwaukee commercial television station Today's TMJ4 WTMJ (NBC afiliate). - The Morning Blend


"OnMilwaukee.com (Milwaukee, WI Online Daily Magazine)-Mathew Haeffel Band Works Hard To Maintain Busy Schedule"

Despite the fact that the Mathew Haeffel Band put together the band that bears his name just over two years ago, makes the fact they sem to be almost constantly gigging more impressive. But hard work is what it takes and singer/songwriter/guitarist Haeffel and his cohorts--bssist Sig Dahlstrom and drummer Nate Schreiber-- aren't put off by that.
The group released a debut disc last year.......
(approx. 250 words w/photo) - Bobby Tanzilo


"91.7 WMSE-FM Milwaukee, WI-Live/Local Show"

Mathew, Cody, and Adam (bassist) performed live in studio on 91.7-FM WMSE's Live/ Local Show Tuesday Feb. 9th, 2010. - 91.7 WMSE-FM Radio


"102.1 WLUM-FM Milwaukee, WI- Kramp and Adler In The Morning"

Mathew have been interviewed live on 102.1 WLUM-FM's morning show, "Kramp and Adler in the Morning", twice in two years. Also, The song "Lonely" off of Mathew Haeffel's recent release , "Toaster Fires" and a single from his next untitled work, "Get Some" both made their debuts on this Milwaukee commercial radio station - Kramp and Adler In The Morning


"89.7 KMSU-FM-Mankato, MN-Radio Ala Carte"

Mathew performed and was interviewed Radio Ala Carte, while performing at Minnesota State University-Mankato. - 89.7-FM KMSU Radio


"89.7 WUWM-FM-Milwaukee, WI-Cafe Tonight"

Mathew performed song from his 2010 release "Rhythm Ethics" - WUWM-FM Radio


"91.1 WGTD-HD Kenosha, WI-The Area Beat"

Mathew performed and was interviewed on "The Area Best" local music show. - Rockin' Russ The Area Beat Host


Discography

Rythmn Ethics (2010)
Didn't I
Get Some
Wonder
Ecouter
Coming Away
These Streets Of Mine
Lay On Down
Ello Hello
Tragic Magic
Temptation

Toaster Fires (2007)
Water Overflows
Lonely
I Don't Know
Bottom Line
Believe
Hello, Hello
Indian Jam

CD: Monkey Highway
The Other One
Believe
Hey But A What A
Rollin'
Stray Dog
The Line
Wonder
Andy's Bottle
Boy's Been Locked Up
Jazz Up

Self Titled CD:
Up in Smoke
Promise Land
It's Alright
It's That Simple
This Road
These Streets of Mine
Dream About the Moon
Gypsy Lady
Ravaged Soul
Rain
Destinations End
Old Man Wilson
Elevator

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Bio

After 9 years as a professional musician, and over 800 shows performed throughout five states to date, Mathew Haeffel still enjoys showcasing his dynamic and engaging music for any audience that will have him. His self-penned sound has an ability to appeal to any age group, and to fit comfortably into any setting. Although Mathew calls Milwaukee Wisconsin home, he performs throughout the region regularly. He has been fortunate enough to grace the stages of a variety of clubs, restaurants, colleges, festivals, and coffee houses throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska, and Minnesota.

Besides honing his craft on as many stages as possible in 2011, Haeffel is about to release a new single, "Hey But A What A", this fall. Recorded at Top Soil Studios in Oshkosh, Wisconsin by Brian Koehler, this new release stands to compliment the success of Mathews 2010 LP "Rhythm Ethics". Fueled by Mathews artistic maturity as well as studio guests Ricky Peterson (John Mayer, Prince, Bonnie Raitt), Matt Turner (BoDeans, De la Buena, Stealin Strings), Larry Hubbard (Bass X), and Cody Calderon (Chinese Fingertrap, Herman Astro, etc.), Rhythm Ethics, has continued to allow Haeffel in roads with media outlets state/region wide (see press page on www.haeffel.com), venues, and fans a like.

Always humble on a personal level and focused professionally, Mathew plans to continue to utilize all available avenues, as a means to do what he loves for years to come. In turn he plans to maintain his loyalty to the art of music, and to encourage other musicians who encounter him to do so as well.

For more information on Mathew Haeffel please log onto www.haeffel.com.