Matt Dahan’s music career started twenty years ago with an abandoned upright piano and a Talkboy tape recorder in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Today, his music has been performed or synced onto nearly every medium – from scoring stages in Los Angeles to off-Broadway theaters in New York City, from the Academy Awards shortlist to hit television shows in South America.
The passion to write for all kinds of musicians and formats led Matt to Berklee College of Music, where he specialized in songwriting alongside the best writers and performers in the world. His ability to write for any and every genre has amounted to over 500 songs to date, as well as a versatility that opened the door to television placements on high-profile networks such as MTV and PBS. Meanwhile, he had been playing his songs with various pop bands around the east coast for almost a decade, compiling accolades from Berklee to Billboard as he made the trans-continental jump from Boston to Los Angeles.
In addition to songwriting, Matt began professional work as a film composer in 2010. A trio of dark-suspense thrillers paved the road to the musical comedy How Sweet It Is, a film for which Matt's score and original songs were recognized with three semifinalist positions at the 86th Academy Awards. This was quickly followed by the critically acclaimed independent drama Lonely Boy, which played at festivals across the country en route to three major jury prizes.
After contributing songs and score to Break: The Musical - a project that earned him the Indie Series Award for Best Soundtrack - Matt teamed up with playwright Kelly Lynne D'Angelo to create live stage musicals. This partnership lead to an adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, which played a sold out run at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival. He then joined forces with writer and lyricist Lloyd Schwartz (Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island) to create The Babies, which enjoyed an off-Broadway run at Manhattan's St. Luke's Theater during the 2016-17 season. His latest work, Starry - a musical about Vincent and Theo van Gogh - bowed at Los Angeles' Rockwell Table & Stage in August 2018.
Matt currently has several new feature film scores in the works, as well as music and lyric writing for musical theater. He's always up for a new adventure, and if you look closely, among all of the musical instruments and recording equipment Matt has in his Los Angeles studio, his original Talkboy is still there.