Matt Andersen has been enthralling audiences with his one of a kind performance in North America, Europe and Australia for years. In October 2015, the award winning artist once again de-camped from his New Brunswick, Canada home to record his new album Honest Man. In support of this latest album Matt will be playing shows around Australia in November.

Tomatrax caught up with Matt Anderson to ask a few questions.

You’ll be touring Australia next month, what can fans expect from your show?
I’ll be coming over solo on this run, so it will just be me and my guitar on stage. I like to keep my shows pretty relaxed. The more fun and energy I get from the crowd, the more I give. That’s what makes for the best nights.

What was the inspiration behind the name The Bona Fide for your band?
The name came from a brainstorming session with the guys in my band. Bona Fide is the one that stuck out.

What made you pick ‘Honest Man’ as the title track to your latest album?
That song kind of became the centre peice of the album. It was one of the first tunes that was ready for the album. A fun song to play as well.

What was it like working with Commissioner Gordon when making your album?
Gordon was great to work with. He brought a lot of experience and different influences to the album. He definitely brought out things in me that I wouldn’t have on my own. He’s mastered giving an artist a fresh sound while still staying true to what they do.

You received a lot of critical acclaim for your work, does that make you feel any pressure going forward?
Nope, no more than I put on myself. I always strive to do better and move forward.

Your bio says you let the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread your reputation through word of mouth. Is it important to take this approach?
For an artist who doesn’t receive a lot of radio and TV play, word of mouth is the best way to get the attention of new listeners.

When writing what comes first, the words or the music?
No set rule for that. A lyric can inspire a groove and vice versa. I try to be open to both at all times.

Do you ever listen to your own music?
Not very often. I play it so often that I’m ready for something else when I get time to just listen.

What music do you listen to?
I find myself listening to satellite radio quite often. Usually the 60s and 70s stations. Lots of gems in there.

What do you have planned after your upcoming tour?
A bit of time off then hitting the road again in the new year. Most likely I’ll be going into the studio next fall.


Matt Anderson will be touring Australia next month, tour dates below. Check out Matt Anderson’s website to find out more!


Thur 17 Nov
The Milk Factory
With guest Claire Anne Taylor
48 Montague Rd, West End QLD
Ph 07 3217 2061
Doors 8pm. Tix $20 + bf / $25 @ door. Tix Here

Fri 18 – Sun 20 Nov
Mullum Music Festival

Wed 23 Nov
Republic Bar
With guest Shaun Kirk
299 Elizabeth St, North Hobart TAS
Ph 03 6234 6954
Doors 7.30pm. Tix $20 + bf standing / $25 + bf seated / $25 @ door. Tix Here

Thur 24 Nov
Red Hot Music
With guest Shaun Kirk
10-12 Edward St, Devonport TAS
Ph 03 6424 2286
Doors 7.30pm. Tix $25. Tix Here

Fri 25 Nov
Memo Music Hall
With guest Shaun Kirk
88 Acland St, St Kilda VIC
Ph 03 9534 3556
Doors 7.30pm. Tix $25 + bf standing / $30 + bf seated / $35 @ door. Tix Here

Sat 26 – Sun 27 Nov
Queenscliff Music Festival

Tue 29 Nov
The Front Gallery & Café
With guest Mercy Seat
1 Wattle Place, Lyneham ACT
Ph 02 6249 8453
Doors 6.30pm. Tix $20 + bf / $25 @ door. Tix Here

Thur 1 Dec
Brass Monkey
With guest Shaun Kirk
115A Cronulla St, Cronulla NSW
Ph 02 9544 3844
Doors 7pm. Tix $20 + bf / $25 @ door. Tix Here

Fri 2 Dec
The Music Lounge
With guest Shaun Kirk
Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong NSW
Corner Kembla & Crown Sts
Doors 7.30pm. Tix Here

Sat 3 Dec
The Basement
With guest Shaun Kirk
29 Reiby Pl, Circular Quay NSW
Ph 02 9251 2797
Doors 7.30pm. Tix $20 + bf / $25 @ door. Tix Here

Sun 4 Dec
With guest Shaun Kirk
31 Morehead St, Lambton NSW
Ph 02 4956 2066
Doors 6pm. Tix $20 + bf / $25 @ door. Tix Here