Matt Stone

Pianist / Acoustic Guitarist - Auckland

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Artist Bio

  • Artist Type Bands
  • Location Auckland
  • Genre Acoustic, Easy Listening, Oldies
  • Members 1
  • Price Affordable

Matt Stone is a multi-talented musician who is perfect for providing background entertainment at your wedding, birthday or other event.  He is a 10 year veteran of the New Zealand music scene, and is equally comfortable as an acoustic guitarist, pianist and vocalist.

Matt can play a wide range of songs in an equally diverse number of styles and he is able to use his outstanding ear to improvise (or pre-learn) any extra songs you might want for your specific event.

Take your pick from guitar-based, singer-songwriter music (Crowded House, Cat Stevens, Simon & Garfunkel), piano-based classics (Billy Joel, Elton John, Ray Charles), or a combination of the two. He is also versatile enough to play virtually any song on either instrument (ie guitar-based songs on piano and vice versa) so you can guarantee he will be able to meet your requirements to make your event a successful one!

As one half of Dragonfly, one third of Radio Radio and one quarter of Blue Steel, Matt has over 10 years experience in the music industry and teaches music during the day as well as owning a diploma of audio engineering - ensuring that his performance sounds professional and is appropriate for any occasion and venue. He supplies all his own equipment (sound equipment, guitar, keyboard, lighting) so you don’t need to worry about anything - just leave it to him and enjoy the atmosphere he creates!

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Reviews

“I have contracted Matt Stone (and his band) on a number of occasions over the years. I have been very impressed with Matt’s total professionalism and musical talent. Whether it be an outdoor sporting event of ours, an awards function or my own wedding I have been thoroughly impressed. I couldn’t recommend Matt Stone more highly and continue to use his services today.” Scott Rice - Quantum Events, Beach Series & Ocean Swim Series - 27 March 2012

"We would just like to say a huge thank you for Saturday. It was a pleasure having you sing at our wedding smile You were wonderful. So many of our friends and family complemented on the music. We are so happy you were able to come down smile Thank you very much." Alice & Jackson - Whakatane Wedding - 22 November 2014

"If you are looking for professional musicians with a superb playlist, undeniable talent and the ability to change the musical mix to create the right mood at your event then you can’t go past Matt Stone and his fellow musicians. Matt organised an acoustic duo, Radio Radio, comprising acoustic guitar and keyboards to play at my 40th and 50th birthday parties. On both occasions the music was the highlight of the evening with plenty of very positive comments from my guests. They started with background music and as the evening progressed the tempo of music progressed until everyone young and old was on the dance floor. With great instrumentation and vocals, tight harmonies and a playlist covering old classics through to contemporary pop and rock Matt will deliver the perfect entertainment for your event. I have no hesitation in recommending Matt and look forward to booking him again for future events." Anthony McNaughten - Strategic Capital Services - 16 May 2015

"Matt, thank you so much for playing at our wedding! We are sorry we did not get a moment to come and thank you in person. We had many people tell us the following day how much they enjoyed listening to you play. Thank you again!" Hannah & Brooke - Muriwai Wedding - 19 December 2015

"Matt played for the OSS Client Christmas party this year. I called him up with late notice and he was so accommodating! It was so easy to organise and he brought all his own equipment. His voice is amazing and his song list is extensive. He had such a great mix of songs and our guests loved it! Thanks again Matt for helping make our party a success!" Renee Crosby - Open Systems Specialists - 11 November 2015

"Springfield is the band you want to play at your wedding! Our wedding is still talked about, 4 years on, because everyone was up dancing all night and having the best time. Springfield read the crowd and adjust song choice accordingly, resulting in an evening of a very full dance floor! The vocals (Including an acoustic set) were amazing and the full band in the evening was faultless. Would recommend to anyone and everyone looking for a reception that no one will ever forget!" Geoff & Hayley Clayton - Queenstown Wedding - 6 March 2010

Event went extremely well and I was super happy with Matt as was the client! He sounded amazing and was so helpful setting up the extra lectern I hired which was great. We will definitely be using him again in the future! Alana Gray - The Event Works Group Ltd - 9 June 2016

We were VERY happy with Matt. His music selection was perfect, his understanding for the vibe of the party was spot on. Thanks, I will 100% use your company again in the future and recommend you guys! Very happy all round! Chloe Cameron - Wedding - 19 October 2016

Matt played at our private wedding ceremony and reception in the French Café outdoor coutryard and the French Kitchen private dining experience in December 2016. Matt is a true professional! He sang a special song for us which he happily learnt prior to make it even more personal. He did this flawlessly. He moved easily from outdoors to indoors. He also picked the right level sound wise for the venue and had a good feel for the music. I would highly recommend Matt to anyone in the future. He has the ability to bring the right music and make an event unforgettable. Once again thank you Matt. We cannot wait for another event to have you play for us at. Caroline & Fabian - Wedding - 19 December 2016

Thank you for organizing Matt for us. Our client was very happy with him and everyone loved it, so you can tell him that we were all very impressed. Mandy - Dark Horse NZ - 27 April 2017

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Audio Samples

Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn (Piano)

Rocket Man - Elton John (Piano)

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon (Piano)

Blame It On Me - George Ezra (Guitar)

Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel (Piano)

Song List

3am - Matchbox 20
Ain’t No Sunshine - Bill Withers
All For You - Sister Hazel
All I Want Is You - U2
Always On My Mind - Tiki Taane
America - Simon & Garfunkel
Anchor Me - The Muttonbirds
Angels - Sarah McLachlan
April Sun In Cuba - Dragon
Arms Of A Woman - Amos Lee
Baby Can I Hold You Tonight - Tracy Chapman
Babylon - David Gray
Beautiful Day - U2
Beside You - Dave Dobbyn
Better Be Home Soon - Crowded House
Better Man - Pearl Jam
Better Together - Jack Johnson
Blackbird - The Beatles
Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
Brown-eyed Girl - Van Morisson
Bye, Bye Love - The Everly Brothers
Cannonball - Damien Rice
Change The World - Eric Clapton
Country Roads - John Denver
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
Daniel - Elton John
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Desperado - The Eagles
Dirty Old Town - The Pogues
Distant Sun - Crowded House
Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Don’t Dream It’s Over - Crowded House
Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John
Drive - Incubus
Englishman In New York - Sting
Everlong - The Foo Fighters
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police
Faith - George Michael
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
Fall At Your Feet - Crowded House
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Father & Son - Cat Stevens
Feeling Groovy - Simon & Garfunkel
Fire & Rain - James Taylor
Fragile - Sting
Get Back - The Beatles
Graceland - Paul Simon
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Heart Of Gold - Neil Young
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
High & Dry - Radiohead
Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
I’m On Fire - Bruce Springsteen
In The Lord’s Arms - Ben Harper
It’s Only Natural - Crowded House
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Knockin’ On Heavens Door - Bob Dylan
Last Dance With Mary Jane - Tom Petty
Leaving On A Jetplane - John Denver
Let Her Cry - Hootie & The Blowfish
Let It Be - The Beatles
Lightning Crashes - Live
Listen To The Music - The Doobie Brothers
Losing My Religion - R.E.M.
Me & Julio Down By The School Yard - Simon & Garfunkel
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
My Winding Wheel - Ryan Adams
New York, New York - Ryan Adams
No Such Thing - John Mayer
Oh My Sweet Carolina - Ryan Adams
Old Man - Neil Young
One - U2
Out On The Weekend - Neil Young
Paradise - Coldplay
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Proud Mary - CCR
Rain - Dragon
Rocket Man - Elton John
Romeo & Juliet - Dire Straits
She’s Always A Woman To Me - Billy Joel
Slip Sliding Away - Paul Simon
Sonnet - The Verve
Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper
Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2
Stuck In The Middle With You - Steelers Wheel
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
Take It Easy - The Eagles
Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
The Blower’s Daughter - Damien Rice
The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
The Drugs Don’t Work - The Verve
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
The Scientist - Coldplay
The Weight - The Band
This Year’s Love - David Gray
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Trouble - Coldplay
Walking In Memphis - Mark Cohn
We Can Work It Out - The Beatles
Weather With You - Crowded House
Welcome Home - Dave Dobbyn
Whaling - DD Smash
What I Got - Sublime
Where Do The Children Play - Cat Stevens
Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
Why Georgia - John Mayer
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones
Wish You Well - Bernard Fanning
With Or Without You - U2
Wonderwall - Oasis
Yellow - Coldplay
You Were Meant For Me - Jewel
Your Body Is A Wonderland - John Mayer
Your Song - Elton John
You’ve Got A Friend - James Taylor