Ask any person who ever had dealings with Matt when he was still alive and you will get one of three responses, an absolute lie, heavily edited truth or a barrage of brutal honesty and resentment.
I encountered Matt some time in 2002 on a pontoon boat trip we were having for workers at The Cardinal, a night club in Madison where I worked as a bar back. Matt had provided the boat and was negotiating to buy the club from the owner Richardo.
I spent the next year working on and off with Matt on music and video projects.
For six months i worked as his technical director for a north American tour of Les Percussions Du Guinea, a group of traditional artists from Guinea Africa lead by Mamoudou Conde.
Matt was also a local mortgage and loan magnate responsible for much of the over blown and fraudulent mortgage refinancing deals that all went bust in the 08 crash that were local to the Madison/Dane county area. He LOVED giving people fake money and pocketing fees for doing it.
THIS article written after Matt’s purchase of pachyderm studios paints perfectly his true personality in life:
From beating and psychologically torturing his girlfriend, to pocketing the money the Guinean artists made him while paying them pennies to, screwing over every single person he ever did business with, Matt was a pure gem.
On the tour in 2003 he drove a lot as i had no license at the time. He would CONSTANTLY break over double line sections of road to pass people on highways and nearly every time, I would tell him, “some day that is going to kill you”.
*The city pages article has also been sent to archive and is currently offline.