Matthew O'Neill is a musical artist living in Upstate New York. Born in Ontario, Matthew spent much of his youth joyously alongside his father in the Eastern Woodlands of Pennsylvania. His music embodies a connection to spirit, 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 traditions and the modern world, his music offers up fresh options and feelings that are vividly wild, edgy, humorous, and celebratory.
At the age of 18, Matthew removed himself from mainstream culture and sought out the education of experience and in the wilderness of the American West. He lived nomadically in National Forests and Native American Reservations, fasting often. He channelled the strength and awareness that was given into music and writing. Everyday was a wild adventure on the outskirts of American civilization. While working seasonal jobs and caretaking positions on remote ranches and farms, he self-released his own records for years.
With a toe headeaded two year old, he moved with his family to Los Angeles, gigged out and finished a record in an off-the-grid shack above Topanga. Fellow Topanga resident and heavy weight Qigong, plant medicine dr., tai chi master, luthier and friend Bill Fiorella signed him to his new Lone Pine Records imprint. With a classic Sun Ra / Pharaoh Sanders aesthetic / approach to record making, while living in Philly, he recorded 'Campfire Cook' in a mountain cabin studio in the mountains outside of the LA. The album was completed completely analog over the course of 3 days of sonic conjuring, using Daniel Lanois' hand me down analog gear and a self regulating source of electricity.
He toured nationally in support of the album and immediately began working on his newest release upon returning to his home in the Catskills. See press release for more info on this exciting new breakthrough album.