Matthew McAvene

Matthew McAvene

 Santa Barbara, California, USA
BandAlternativeFolk

Matthew McAvene (Mack-Uh-Veen) is a highly prolific musical and visual artist with outstanding versatility. As an inventor, producer, painter, musician, sculptor, writer and designer, it has been said he is one of the most prolific artists in multiple mediums (Montecito Journal, 7/18/05).

Biography

Matthew McAvene (Mack-Uh-Veen) is a highly prolific musical and visual artist with outstanding versatility. After years of travel and self education, he has settled in Santa Barbara as a visionary artist and musician dedicated to the creation of positive and lasting change in the global community. As an inventor, producer, painter, musician, sculptor, writer and designer, it has been said he is one of the most prolific artists in multiple mediums (Montecito Journal, 7/18/05). McAvene's work is vast in style, ranging from primitive to realist.

Since performing publicly in 2005, McAvene created stage backdrops, puppets and effects for his show as well as other acts. He’s opened for the Wailers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Eddie Money, ALO and Hot Buttered Rum String Band. McAvene’s music and art was featured at the Solutions for Dreamers Festival (2007) which also featured special guest Jack Johnson. McAvene has recorded with Zach Gill (ALO/Jack Johnson) and was recognized on the air as “the best band in Santa Barbara” after winning the FM107.7 Battle of the Bands. Out of 50 band submissions, McAvene was crowned champion and featured at the 2006 MDA Black & Blue Ball benefit.

McAvene worked as a freelance artist at his eldest brothers special effects shop, McAvene Designs in North Hollywood, CA. He created puppets and creature costumes for television shows on Fox and ABC, ice shows for Disney and feature films such as Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. After 5 years in Los Angeles, he moved to Santa Barbara to raise his son, Benjamin Catch McAvene (b. 2001). In Santa Barbara, McAvene continued producing fine art, specialty effects and manifested ideas for television shows of his own...

In the early 1990s McAvene began a renunciation period, in which he simplified his life in order to focus on inner development. McAvene apprenticed with a variety of free thinking sculptors, painters, poets and performance artists. McAvene returned from his renunciation period and experimented with determination in a Los Angeles garage, recording songs, painting, sculpting and writing.

In 2003, McAvene teamed up with Oniracom (a Santa Barbara media development company dedicated to Solutions for Dreamers) for the production of Wasting Time (www.wastingtimetv.com), a 1/2 hour television show about artists, the creative process and the struggle for creative expression.

McAvene has recorded over 2000 songs through an intuitive song-writing process he calls the 'One Take Sessions' under his self-created record label Wizard Records. Throughout the editing process of Wasting Time T.V., Oniracom came to realize the amazing musical talent paralleling McAvenes other artistic achievements. Thus, in turn, led to the development of McAvenes website (www.matthewmcavene.com). In 2005, Oniracom created Oniric Records originally to record and produce his debut record 777. (The Triple Seven Album)

777 features 15 original songs by McAvene which are all based on his original One Take Sessions. 777 showcases incredible musicianship, emotional depth and sonic range from fast-paced psychedelic hoe-down to soothing lullaby. McAvenes stream of consciousness lyrics are emphasized by their powerful and captivating social political content touching on themes surrounding the human soul and higher consciousness. Thus he has been dubbed the Acoustic exSTREAM of Consciousness.

Lyrics

Brighter

Written By: Matthew McAvene

Thank you for the sweet sweet call
Well I am always listening for your voice
And in the night
I dream of you in diamond pixels
Everything is perfect now
And I am all detached from the situation
I am free within, no more neediness
And I am feeling like I’m dreaming
This is something you are feeling,
True it’s false, I am always on - and

It’s getting a little brighter now
It’s gonna get brighter now
It’s gonna get brighter now
It’s gonna get a little bit brighter now

Send me to a beautiful web
And I will spin and turn your head
Then wake up with sunrise dreams
Colorful extremes - and
Everything is all alright
All one in you everything is true
With you I am always on - and

It’s getting a little brighter now
It’s gonna get brighter now
It’s gonna get brighter now
It’s gonna get a little brighter now

One of a Kind

Written By: Matthew McAvene

WELL I BUILT THE GEARS OF THE GALAXY
BRING KINGS AND QUEENS TO A BENDED KNEE
ALL BY MYSELF X 2
AND I THREW THE STARS INTO THE SKY
PUT THE TWINKLE IN YOUR EYE
ALL BY MYSELF X 2
MADE THE SUN AND THE MOON PLAY PEEK-A-BOO
PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP LIKE A KANGAROO
ALL BY MY SELF X 2
BEFORE AND AFTER AND IN BETWEEN
EVERYTHING YOU LIVE AND DREAM
ALL BY MYSELF X 2

YES IF YOU SEARCH
MAY YOU FIND PEACE OF MIND
RIGHT BEHIND ALL THESE SIGNS OF THE TIMES MY FRIENDS
YES IF YOU SEARCH
MAY YOU FIND PEACE OF MIND
RIGHT BEHIND ALL THESE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
IN AN IMAGE OF MINE
CAUSE YOUR ONE OF A KIND

AND I MADE THE FISH BREATHE IN THE SEA
LET THE LEGS OF THE CRICKETS SING
ALL BY MYSELF X 2
GAVE A HUMM TO THE HUMMINGBIRD
I’LL BE THE NECTAR IN YOUR WORLD
ALL BY MYSELF X 2
GIVE THE KING OF THE JUNGLE ALL HIS NERVE
GIVE YOU ALL THAT YOU DESERVE
ALL BY MYSELF X 2
AND I STRETCHED THE NECK ON THE GIRAFFE
TAKE THE FUTURE THEN MAKE IT PAST
ALL BY MYSELF X 2

AND YES IF YOU SEARCH
MAY YOU FIND PEACE OF MIND
RIGHT BEHIND ALL THESE SIGNS OF THE TIMES MY FRIEND
YES IF YOU SEARCH MAY YOU FIND PEACE OF MIND
RIGHT BEHIND ALL THESE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
IN AN IMAGE OF MINE YEAH YOUR ONE OF A KIND

YES IF YOU SEARCH
MAY YOU FIND PEACE OF MIND
RIGHT BEHIND ALL THESE SIGNS OF THE TIMES MY DEAR
YES IF YOU SEARCH MAY YOU FIND PEACE OF MIND
RIGHT BEHIND ALL THESE SIGNS OF THE TIMES
IN AN IMAGE OF MINE CAUSE YOUR ONE OF A KIND

Fish

Written By: Matthew McAvene

WELL I’VE BEEN UP DOWN SIDE TO SIDE
IVE BEEN BACK AND FORTH AND ROUND AND ROUND WITH YOU
NOW WE’RE ALL ENTANGLED
YEAH SO CATCH THIS
IM A FISH NOT A TASTY DISH
FOR YOU TO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO
I’LL BITE RIGHT BACK NO STRINGS ATTACHED

I’M NOT GONNA TAKE YOUR BAIT ANYMORE
FROM THE OCEAN CEILING
ITS FLOOR TO THE SHORES
THERE’S JUST TOO MANY FISH IN THE SEA

WELL WE’VE BEEN HAD BAD
WHAT’S THE MATTER
WELL YOUR DUMPING ALL YOUR SILVER PLATTERS ON WE
LINK BY LINK WE’RE ON THE BRINK
THE FOOD CHAIN HANGS AND SWINGS
THIS PENDULUM WILL SNAP AND SLAP A STING ON YOU
ITS A HASSLE WE’RE SO FRAGILE

BUT WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE YOUR BAIT ANYMORE
FROM THE OCEAN CEILING ITS FLOOR TO THE SHORES
THERE’S JUST TOO MANY FISH IN THE SEA

THEY GOT THAT GROSS NET TO COLLECT
DID THEY THINK EFFECT WOULD NOT CONNECT
AND CATCH YOU TOO
THEY SAY THE WORLD’S AN OYSTER
SO THEY DRAG GRAB BAG AND TAG STACK AND STASH
TILL THE BUCK IT PASSES BACK TO YOU
WELL HERE’S A PEARL THAT’LL SAVE THE WORLD

I’M NOT GONNA TAKE YOUR BAIT ANYMORE
FROM THE OCEAN CEILING ITS FLOOR TO THE SHORES
THERE’S JUST TOO MANY FISH IN THE SEA

Treasure

Written By: Matthew McAvene


SPACE BETWEEN TIME
SHADOW AND LIGHT
COSMIC DIVIDE
A BRIDGE TO UNITE
TRAVELED TRILLIONS OF LIGHT YEARS
TO LAND IN YOUR HANDS
RIGHT HERE AND NOW

FOR EACH GENERATION A TREASURE OF DREAMS
YOU GET ALL YOU WANT WHEN YOU TAKE WHAT YOU NEED
I LOOK UP TO YOU AND YOU SHINE DOWN ON ME
A MOMENT OF TRUTH THAT FOREVER WILL BE
IN THE HEART AND THE SOUL
DIAMONDS AND GOLD
INVEST IN YOUR VIRTUE
ITS ALL THAT YOU OWN
FOR THIS TOO SHALL PASS
AS TOMORROW WILL COME
TIME IS SO STRONG

SO WE TRY TO MOVE ON IN FAITH
THROUGH THIS PIVOTAL AGE
TO CHANGE OUR OWN FATE
YEAH, SAVE WHAT WEVE GAINED
TO REPLACE WHAT WEVE TAKEN
GIVE THANKS AND PRAISES
EMBRACE WHAT IS SACRED
DREAM AND AWAKEN
THIS TIME AND THIS PLACE
YEAH TODAY IS THE DAY

FOR EACH GENERATION A TREASURE OF DREAMS
YOU GET ALL YOU WANT WHEN YOU TAKE WHAT YOU NEED
I LOOK UP TO YOU AND YOU SHINE DOWN ON ME
A MOMENT OF TRUTH THAT FOREVER WILL BE
IN THE HEART AND THE SOUL
DIAMONDS AND GOLD
INVEST IN YOUR VIRTUE
ITS ALL THAT YOU OWN
FOR THIS TOO SHALL PASS
AND TOMORROW WILL COME
BECAUSE TIME IS SO STRONG

SO WE TRY TO MOVE ON IN FAITH
THROUGH THIS PIVOTAL AGE
TO CHANGE OUR OWN FATE
YEAH, SAVE WHAT WEVE GAINED
TO REPLACE WHAT WEVE TAKEN
GIVE THANKS AND PRAISES
EMBRACE WHAT IS SACRED
DREAM AND AWAKEN
THIS TIME THIS PLACE
FOR TODAY IS THE DAY

I TRAVELED TRILLIONS OF LIGHT YEARS
TO LAND IN YOUR HANDS
RIGHT HERE AND NOW

Discography

Album Title: "Shadowland EP"
Release Date: Late 2007 -- Now available on iTunes

Song List:
1) One of a Kind
2) Text
3) Treasure
4) Fish

Album Title: "777" (The Triple Seven Album)
Release Date: August 5, 2005

Song List:
1) Good Old Days
2) Brighter*
3) All We Know
4) Miracle
5) Hollow Echo Infinity
6) Like This
7) Thin Line
8) Speed of the Day
9) Prayer
10) After Math*
11) Promise
12) Just A Dream
13) Lazy Saturday Afternoon
14) Unbreakable*
15) Possible

*radio airplay selections

Set List

McAvene regularly performs songs from both his Shadowland EP and the Triple Seven Album. He has also recorded over 2,000 songs through an intuitive songwriting process he calls the "One-Take Sessions." Most shows feature new, unreleased songs.