Matthew O'Neill is a musical artist living in Upstate New York. He was born in Ontario, and raised in Pennsylvania. Matthew spent much of his youth joyously alongside his father in the Eastern Woodlands. His music embodies an innate connection to the Earth and Indigenous Ways. Learning to embrace the inherent contradictions of those ways and contemporary life has been a defining aspect of his work. In bridging the gap between time honored ways and the modern world, he offers up fresh options and feelings that are vivid, wise, sexual, humorous, and celebratory.
He started out in high school writing and performing with his band Milkweed. The basement of his Mom's old stone house serving as rehearsal/performance space. The death of his father and a backpacking trip to the Southwest in his early teens changed his life forever and introduced him first hand to Indigenous culture.
At age 19, Matthew removed himself from mainstream culture and sought out the education of experience in the wilderness of the American West. He lived nomadically in National Forests and Native American Reservations, and fasted often. Baselining his soul with the powers of the Earth, he funneled the strength and awareness that was given into music and writing. He proceeded to have many adventures on the outskirts of American civilization, occasionally taking seasonal jobs on remote ranches and farms. For several years he self-released his own records, often from such uniquely remote locations.
Eventually he moved back East to the Catskill Mountains where he found himself at home. A few years later, he moved with his family to Los Angeles, gigged out and made a record in an off-the-grid shack above Topanga. Live shows in LA led to him meeting friend/producer Bill Fiorella. In the Spring of 2013, while living in Philly, he recorded 'Campfire Cook' via Fiorella's Lone Pine Records label (released March 2015). Campfire Cook was recorded in a mountain cabin studio in Wrightwood, CA over the course of 3 days of sonic conjuring. Daniel Lanois' hand me down vintage analog gear and a self regulating source of electricity were the technology employed to capture the proceedings. The album was completed completely analog and garnered good reviews.
He toured nationally in support of the album and immediately began working on his newest release upon returning to the Catskills. The album recording stared in early 2016 and was released in May of 2017 via the Underwater Panther Coalition. See press release for more info on this exciting new breakthrough album.