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The Mattoid

The Mattoid is a vagabond and troubadour in the vagably, troubist sense of the word. A native of Helsinki, Finland, Ville Kiviniemi cut his chops in London performing for years as The Urban Peasant. He once swore under another moniker, Ville Nash, that he would never visit Nashville. That all changed when he was traveling the states on a sold out, open mic tour and his mini van broke down in Music City. He and friends, The Poppy Fields, had no choice but to hit the city's bountiful open mic circuit, wowing kids at Guido's and blowing minds at the legendary Bluebird Cafe. A chance sighting by Cleft house producer, Loney John Hutchins, lead to his first breakthrough album, "HELLO," on Cleft Music in 2004. Two EP's later, Mr. Mattoid released his spiritual masterpiece, "The Glory Holy" through Infinity Cat Records. While this was a concerted effort to reach Nashville's robust, contemporary Christian-rock scene, the album ended up appealing to the punkers and rockers, instead. A self proclaimed comedian, not musician, The Mattoid has done extensive touring with comics like Doug Stanhope, as well as open for artists like Daniel Johnston and Silver Jews. His performances are often crass, half handed and absurd while his recordings display an intense focus on catchy songwriting and an eclectic sound and rhythm style he refers to as "sango" music.

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