Matt Brevner

Matt Brevner

 Richmond, British Columbia, CAN
BandHip HopR&B

Hip hop EDM

Biography

Brevner was born and raised in New Westminister, BC, and currently resides in Long Island, NY. He is an ecletic mix; Canadian-born, half-Japanese, half-Trinidadian, and living in America. Before his actualization into a full-time artist, Brevner completed an internship at Creative Control and Blu Roc in New York City, working as a production assistant for Curren$y, Mos Def, Ski Beats, Stalley, and Peter Hadar. Brevner recruited photographer Alex Yelizarov and producing peer Sythe, and together the talented entrenpenurial trio launched bsharp Productions. The label has filmed and produced for many high-profile hip-hop talents, most recently committing to the release of Chinx Drugz track “Feelings” featuring French Montana. bsharp Productions is responsible for all three of Brevner's major self-made releases, and will handle the upcoming album “The Ronin Project” in the fall of 2014. His debut album, Magnum Opus was released in 2009, shortly before bsharp Production's genesis, and its immediate radio success foreshadowed its self-reflexive greatness. “I'll say on record that Magnum Opus is a classic,” stated Ryan Ventura of Class and Crime. Tracks “Never Going To Be My Friend” and “Up and Down” were hugely popular on Vancouver's iteration of “Top 40,” the Beat 94.5. In 2010, “Up and Down” went on to be recongized as January's Hip-Hop Song of the Month by ourstage.com, while “Never Going To Be My Friend” was featured on MTV Canada, Much Music, and Global TV's “Peak Season.” Many fans still consider Magnum Opus worthy of its namesake, representing a beautifully crafted catalogue of highly-personal tracks. Blissful Ignorance was released in 2011 and was met by a rabid reception, selling over 12,000 copies within its first two weeks. Brevner's cutting lyricism refuses to pot-shot, firing instead in flurries throughout. Blissful Ignorance is intentionally rap-heavy, begun with visions of “bars, bars, bars,” delivered over obtuse structure and production flavoured with electronica influence. On his website, Brevner describes this album being much darker than his debut. Blissful Ignorance's amorphous complexity offers a glimpse of the deliberate approach and talent Brevner brings to his music. “He has the swagger, the lyrical ability, the production abilities, and the work ethic,” says Ryan Ventura of Class and Grime. Brevner went on to release “The Bushido Project” in 2012, playing heavily into the Japanese warrior aesthetic. “Bushido” literally means “the way of the warrior.” Using Metric, Black Sabbath, and Thom Yorke originals, Brevner wades into the world of gritty, sample-based hip-hop and experimental half-time percussion styles. Finely-honed, Brevner's lyrics are sharp as ever. In “FCKSWG,” Brevner wields ruthless originality as he launches his offensive, slicing swathes through contrived “swag culture.” Scatter-shot kick drum crashed down alongside trembling digital note drops while Brevner rakes the track with cutting rhymes and deft syncopation. The music video release features Brevner on stage in black studded leather locked in zen performance. Wearing a stylized chonmage topknot, samurai steam-punk Brevner feeds off the energy of a frenzied crowd with a tight call-and-answer chorus.  “The Bushido Project” received critical acclaim for its innovative approach. Even with his low-profile indie production style, Brevner's talents have been undeniable, both by his peers and the music industry. Tech N9ne, Madchild, SonReal, BassNectar, and a scoring gig with MGD's international Ad Campaign represent only a handful of Brevner's collaborators and co-workers. Brevner has opened for the likes of Juelz Santana, Yelawolf, Bun B, and Three 6 mafia in his short career. He has played in Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Macau, and Shanghai, and toured Canada with Moka Only, Bone Thugz-n-Harmony, and Madchild of Swollen Members. His collaborative production work with Madchild and Dutch Robinson of the Ohio Players on “Jitters” in 2012 triggered a rush of accolades. Brevner was nominated in 2013 for the MMVA's Music Video of the Year Award and Juno's Hip Hop Recording of the Year, and won the Leo's Music Video of the Year Award for his role as creative director. The YouTube release of “Jitters” earned over 200,000 hits within the first week of release. The single eventually reached MTV US #1 on Much Music RapCity charts, catapulting Madchild's Dopesick album to #1 on the overall Canadian iTunes chart, and #6 on the US iTunes hip-hop chart. The enormous response led Madchild to invite Matt on his 44-date Dopesick tour of Canada in March of 2013.