With an intimidatingly impressive list of artists, Matt Squire has defined himself as a powerhouse for creating hits crossing all genres and scenes in the music industry. His credits range from projects with popular acts like Demi Lovato, Kesha, and Ariana Grande to wildly successful rock and alternative groups such as Panic! At the Disco, All Time Low, and The Used. Practically a legend in the alternative rock scene, Matt has been involved in the genre from its very beginnings - he was the producer, mixer, and engineer for Panic! At the Disco’s debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Since then, he’s become a force to reckon with across a multitude of different genres and music styles. Building both a reputation for being very enjoyable to work with and for understanding the scene. Matt got his start playing in his own bands in the Washington D.C. area, playing guitar and drums. During recording, he began to fiddle around with the art producing. By 2002, he had switched his focus to production and A Fever was recorded in 2005 - a short genesis for a big deal.
Matt hails originally from Washington, D.C., and still has an office in Maryland, though he primarily works out of Los Angeles these days. He originally played in a handful of bands, including Ashes, The Dubnicks, and The Rise Park. After his last band folded, he got involved with producer Paul Q. Kolderie at Camp Street Studio in Boston, which marked the beginning of his career in production. Since then, he’s been instrumental in the rise of bands like Boys Like Girls, All Time Low, Taking Back Sunday, Cute is What We Aim For, and The Maine - all bands at the head of their scenes. His success brought him clients from other genres as well, and his discography now includes work with Selena Gomez (on her track “Sick of You”), One Direction (on “Up All Night” and “Na Na Na”), 3Oh!3 (on their albums Want and Streets of Gold), and Youngbloode Hawke (on “Up All Night”).
Between his skill and his demeanor, he’s an irresistible team member, and musicians across the boundaries of genre have taken note. The Used’s Quinn Allman, when asked why the band chose Matt to produce their album Artwork, said “it wasn’t really based on anything that he’d done. We just heard that he was really easy to work with. He was laid back and cool. And that was exactly what he ended up being.” It worth noting that The Used admits to not having heard a single band that Matt had worked with beforehand, and they were still elated with the way Artwork turned out.
The key to Matt’s appeal to artists is his hands-on approach. Often, he’ll make songwriting suggestions - besides working as a co-writer in several instances - and he’s known for being very supportive and involved with the bands from the first step to the last edits. It’s a reputation that’s brought him endless acclaim - even now, he’s already received praise for his work producing with the fledgling electro-folk group Handsome Ghost on their EP Steps in early 2016 and his co-writing and production on DREAMERS’ debut LP This Album Does Not Exist in the later half of the year. His work spans from indie to pop stars, and across the board, the reaction is the same: Matt Squire has a touch and a taste for the unique and fantastic.