Category: Music

Timeline

1995

Started teaching self guitar and writing music while in grade school

 

2001

Started teaching self keyboard 

 

2002

Started teaching self drums 

Started multitrack recording on 3 instruments 

Started playing lead guitar in a band called “The Fifth Element” 

Played first live show at the first annual Stepinac High School talent show

 

2003

Joined a band called “Xiphoid Rose” (later called Silver Spade) as bass guitar player

 

2005

Started solo project “Bellevue

Performed several live shows with a rotating lineup of members of Xiphoid Rose and other friends

 

2006

Started developing one man band 

 

2007

Debuted live one man band in May, winning the Mr. Iona competition at college

Featured on the front page of Collegehumor.com for one day in Summer 2007

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus shared the cover of their song to their fans and featured it on their YouTube page

Tanya from AtheneWins gives shout out on YouTube

Favorited by YouTuber Ronald Jenkees and on his channel for some time

Achieved several YouTube honors and high rankings in first year

Joined the staff at WQHT HOT 97

 

2008

Peaked at number 7 most watched YouTube Musician for a week in January 2008

Was the subject of a student documentary project

Alicia Keys YouTube channel favorites cover of “No One”

Opened a show for comedian DL Hughley at Iona College

Reached 1 million YouTube views in 13 months since starting MGM channel

Favorited by YouTuber The Angry Video Game Nerd and on his channel for some time

Performed live at The University of Scranton in Fall 2008 with comedian Chris Gardner

Featured again on Collegehumor.com for Legend of Zelda video

 

2009

Performed live at the Rochester Institute of Technology with comedian Chris Gardner

Approached by MTV to co-host a TV show pilot

Was the subject of a second student documentary project

 

2010

Asked to be featured in a commercial for the 2010 Grammys

 

2011

Started mattygthemusician.com

 

2012

Asked to be part of a documentary by Casey Hayward highlighting YouTube artists

Performed “End of the World” show with friends Jason Hazell, Alex Bossi and Chris Gardner

Received a masters degree and became a licensed teacher

Began teaching music professionally

 

2013

Did background acting work for several television shows/commercials/movies including The Amazing Spiderman 2, Person of Interest, and Unforgettable 

Credited on IMDB for background work on A Crime to Remember

 

2014

Joined Udemy

 

2015

Created 4 paid courses for Udemy and other sites in 2015

GarageBand course was one of the highest ranking music courses on Udemy.com

Asked by Udemy to feature GarageBand course in an official Udemy blog post

Relaunched mattygthemusician.com 

 

2016

Co-instructed Udemy course with Joseph Evans

Started co-hosting Hi-5 Countdown Podcast with Seth Opiel and Tony

Worked on Billions, Blindspot, and A Crime to Remember

 

The Complete One Man Band Videos List *With Links*

Here is a list of every One Man Band video done by Matty G the Musician in (mostly) chronological order.

 

1) Theme Song from The Legend of Zelda

Link: ONE MAN ZELDA BAND!!!


 

Original Link: ONE MAN ZELDA BAND!!! Legend of Zelda Cover on 3 Instruments at the SAME TIME


 

Description: This video was filmed around February/March 2007 and was Matty G the Musician’s first ever one man band video. It was featured on CollegeHumor.com, Gorillamask.net and EJB.com in January 2008.

 

2) Nelly Furtado – “Maneater”

Link: Nelly Furtado – Maneater One Man Band


 

Original Link: Nelly Furtado- Maneater (One Man Band) Guitar Drums Piano Cover MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: This was the 2nd Matty G the Musician video made and released on YouTube and was made around March/April 2007.

 

3) Rihanna – “Umbrella”

Link: Rihanna- Umbrella ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on 3 Instruments at the SAME TIME


 

Original Link: Rihanna- Umbrella ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on 3 Instruments at the SAME TIME


 

Description: This video was filmed in May/June 2007 and was the first Matty G video to have any type of recognition. It was on Collegehumor’s front page on July 2nd and was fairly successful on Break.com around the same time. It is the 3rd MGM video to ever be made.

 

4) Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger”

Link: EYE OF THE TIGER ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on 3 Instruments at the SAME TIME


 

Original Link: EYE OF THE TIGER ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on 3 Instruments at the SAME TIME


 

Description: This video was one of my earlier ones. It is the 4th one to ever be released and made around May/June 2007.

 

5) Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Link: Pachelbel- Canon in D (One Man Band)


 

Original Link: Pachelbel- Canon in D (One Man Band) Guitar Drums Piano Cover MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: Matty G plays “Canon” by looping seven guitar parts together, one after the other.

 

6) Ne-Yo – “Because of You”, Fabolous – “Better”, Shop Boyz – “Party Like a Rockstar”

Link: Shop Boyz – Party Like A Rockstar ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Party Like A Rockstar ONE MAN BAND!!! SHOP BOYS MattyGtheMusician.com


 

Description: Matty G jams out on 3 instruments at the same time.

 

7) The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “Face Down”

Link: The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus- Face Down ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS- Face Down ONE MAN BAND!!! cover on guitar drums keyboard


 

Description: Matty G the Musician plays “Face Down” on 3 instruments at the same time. In 2007, this video was shared by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus to their fans. It was favorited and featured on their official YouTube channel for several years.

 

8) Diddy – “Last Night”

Link: Diddy- Last Night ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar, Drums and Keyboard MattyGtheMusician


 

Original Link: Diddy- Last Night ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: “Last Night” played on guitar, drums and keyboard at the same time by Matty G.

 

9) Muse – “Time is Running Out”

Link: Muse- Time is Running Out ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar, Drums and Keyboard MattyGtheMusician


 

Original Link: Muse- Time is Running Out ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: Matty G the Musician plays Mu$e on 3 instruments. This is the first Matty G video to have the Red and Blue logo.

 

10) Boys Like Girls, Fall Out Boy, Pink, Rihanna, Kat Deluna, Sean Kingston Medley

Link: Sean Kingston & Kat Deluna ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar, Drums and Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Original Link: Sean Kingston & Kat Deluna ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: 6 songs played in 2 minutes by Matty G, on 3 instruments at the same time.

 

11) Bon Jovi – “Bad Name”

Link: Bon Jovi – “Bad Name” Cover by ONE MAN BAND!


 

Original Link: Bon Jovi ONE MAN ROCK BAND!!! bad name


 

Description: Bon Jovi “Bad Name” played on guitar, drums and keyboard at the same time by Matty G.

 

12) Kanye West – “Stronger”, “Big Brother” and “Homecoming”

Link: Kanye West – Stronger ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Original Link: Kanye West- Stronger ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: Kanye West played on guitar, drums and keyboard at the same time by Matty G. This video was originally released in 2007 and was plugged by Tania from the popular AtheneWins channel.

 

13) Theme Song from Halloween

Link: HALLOWEEN THEME SONG ONE MAN BAND!!! 


 

Original Link: HALLOWEEN ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Description: Matty G the Musician plays the Halloween song on three instruments at the same time.

 

14) Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Link: Canon in D by Matty G the One Man Band


 

Original Link: Canon in D by Matty G the One Man Band


 

Description: Matty G the Musician plays Canon on guitar, drums and piano, all at the same time.

 

15) Europe – “The Final Countdown”

Link: FINAL COUNTDOWN ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on 3 Instruments at the SAME TIME


 

Original Link: FINAL COUNTDOWN ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on 3 Instruments at the SAME TIME


 

Description: Matty G the Musician plays Europe’s “The Final Countdown” on guitar, drums and piano, all at the same time.

 

16) Britney Spears- “Piece of Me” and “Gimme More”

Link: Britney Spears ONE MAN BAND!!! Piece of Me on Guitar, Drums, and Keyboard 


 

Original Link: ONE MAN BAND!!! pieceofme


 

Description: Britney Spears played on guitar, drums and keyboard at the same time by Matty G.

 

17) The NFL on FOX Theme

Link: NFL on FOX Theme Song ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on 3 Instruments at the SAME TIME


 

Original Link: NFL on FOX Theme Song ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on 3 Instruments at the SAME TIME


 

Description: Matty G plays the NFL on FOX theme on guitar, drums and keyboard.

 

18) The Tetris Theme Song

Link: Tetris Theme Song ONE MAN BAND! 


 

Original Link: one man band


 

Description: Tetris played on guitar, drums and keyboard at the same time by Matty G.

 

19) Real McCoy – “Run Away”

Link: Real McCoy- Run Away ONE MAN BAND Cover on Guitar, Drums and Keyboard


 

Original Link: Real McCoy- Runaway ONE MAN BAND cover on guitar drums keyboard


 

Description: “Runaway” played on guitar, drums and keyboard at the same time by Matty G.

 

20) Baby Bash- “Cyclone”, Chris Brown- “Kiss Kiss”

Link: Chris Brown- Kiss Kiss (One Man Band) Guitar Drums Piano Cover MattyGtheMusician

 

Original Link: Chris Brown- Kiss Kiss (One Man Band) Guitar Drums Piano Cover MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: This video was filmed in January 2008 and was the 20th Matty G the Musician video. It became the most popular MG video in a matter of days and led to a number of Honors.

Highest Honors:
#65 Most Viewed (This Month)- Music
(January)

It also helped my channel become:
#7 Most Viewed (This Week)- Musicians
#28 Most Viewed (This Month)- Music
(Both in January)

 

21) Jordin Sparks – “Tattoo”

Link: Jordin Sparks- Tattoo ONE MAN BAND Cover on Guitar Drums Keyboard


 

Original Link: Jordin Sparks- Tattoo ONE MAN BAND cover on guitar drums keyboard


 

Description: Jordin Sparks- Tattoo ONE MAN BAND cover on guitar drums keyboard.

 

22) Linkin Park – “Numb”

Link: Linkin Park- Numb ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Original Link: Linkin Park- Numb ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: Matty G plays Linkin Park “Numb” on guitar, drums and keyboards, all at the same time.

 

23) Alicia Keys – “No One”

Link: Alicia Keys- No One ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Original Link: Alicia Keys- No One ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: Matty G plays “No One” on guitar, drums and keyboards, all at the same time.

 

24) Dr. Wily Stage 1 Theme From Mega Man 2

Link: MEGA MAN 2: Dr Wily Stage  1 on Guitar, Drums and Keyboard


 

Original Link: MEGA MAN 2: Dr Wily Stage 1


 

Description: Mega Man 2 Dr. Wily Stage 1 on Guitar, Drums and Keyboard. One Man Band Matty G.

 

25) Matty G the Musician – “Level Up”

Link: MATTY G THEME SONG!!!

 

Original Link: MATTY G THEME SONG!!!


 

Description: Original beat idea turned into a one man band video.

 

26) Michael Jackson – “Beat It”

Link: Michael Jackson- Beat It Cover by a One Man Band


 

Original Link: Michael Jackson- Beat It Cover by a One Man Band


 

Description: Michael Jackson “Beat It” Cover on Guitar Drums Piano by MattyG.

 

27) Madonna – “4 Minutes”

Link: Madonna- 4 Minutes ONE MAN BAND cover on guitar drums keyboard


 

Original Link: Madonna- 4 Minutes ONE MAN BAND cover on guitar drums keyboard


 

Description: Madonna- 4 Minutes ONE MAN BAND cover on guitar, drums and keyboard.

 

28) Akon – “Dangerous”

Link: Akon – Dangerous ONE MAN BAND! Guitar Drum Keyboard Cover 


 

Original Link: Akon ONE MAN BAND!!! dangerous


 

Description: Matty G plays Akon’s “Dangerous” on 3 instruments.

 

29) Cherish- “Killa”

Link: Cherish – “Killa” featuring Yung Joc ONE MAN BAND!!! 


 

Original Link: Yung Joc ONE MAN BAND!!! “killa”


 

Description: Matty G jams out to “Killa” on 3 instruments at the same time.

 

30) Kanye West – “Flashing Lights”

Link: Kanye West- Flashing Lights ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Kanye West- Flashing Lights ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: Kanye West- Flashing Lights ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician.

 

31) Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Love”

Link: Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love” ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Leona Lewis “bleeding love” ONE MAN BAND


 

Description: Leona Lewis – “Bleeding Love” ONE MAN BAND!!! 

 

32) The Angry Video Game Nerd Theme Song

Link: Angry Video Game Nerd Theme Song ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Angry Video Game Nerd Theme Song ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: ANGRY VIDEO GAME NERD on guitar, drums and keyboards by Matty G. THIS WAS FAVORITED BY AVGN HIMSELF- THANKS AVGN!

This video was filmed in November 2008 and is the 32nd One Man Band video by Matty G the Musician.

Previous Gaming Honors:
#46 Top Rated (This Week) (11/26/08)
#71 Top Favorited (This Week) (11/26)
#63 Most Discussed (Today)
#79 Most Viewed (Today) (Canada)
#72 Most Viewed (Today) (Sweden)
#43 Top Favorited (Today)
#21 Top Rated (Today)

 

33) Theme Song From X-Men: The Animated Series

Link: X-Men ONE MAN BAND!!

 

Original Link: X-Men ONE MAN BAND!!


 

Description: In anticipation of the Wolverine movie: theme song from the 90’s cartoon on guitar, drums and keyboard.

 

34) Bush – “Glycerine”

Link: one man band (Guitar-Keys-Drums-Vocals)

 

Original Link: one man band (Guitar-Keys-Drums-Vocals)


 

Description: The first song I ever learned on guitar (circa 1997): “Glycerine”

 

35) Lady Gaga – “Poker Face”

Link: Lady Gaga- Poker Face ONE MAN BAND!!! 


 

Original Link: Lady Gaga- Poker Face on Guitar Drums and Keyboard at the SAME TIME


 

Description: “Poker Face” played on guitar, drums and keyboards at the same time by Matty G the Musician. This video is featured in the “We’re All Fans: Lady Gaga” commercial for the 2010 Grammy’s. It was also featured in a pilot for an unreleased MTV show.

 

36) Beyonce – “Halo”

Link: Beyonce- Halo ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Beyonce- Halo ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: “Halo” on guitar, drums and keyboard AT THE SAME TIME by Matty G. This video was made for an MTV show pilot in May 2009, along with three other covers: “Poker Face”, “Right Round” and “Know Your Enemy”.

 

37) Flo Rida – “Right Round”

Link: Flo Rida- Right Round ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Flo Rida- Right Round ONE MAN BAND cover on guitar drums keyboard


 

Description: “Right Round” on Guitar, Drums, and Keyboard at the Same Time by Matty G the Musician.

 

38) Lady Gaga – “Bad Romance”

Link: Lady Gaga Bad Romance ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Lady Gaga Bad Romance ONE MAN BAND!!! MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: “Bad Romance” on Guitar, Drums, and Keyboard at the SAME TIME!!!

 

39) Street Fighter 2 Medley

Link: Street Fighter 2 ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Street Fighter 2 ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: Guile’s Theme Song on guitar, drums and keyboard by Matty G the Musician. Also, a little bit of Ken and Zangief’s themes. It’s more like the SF 2 versions, because I like those better. These are 3 of my favorite songs on that soundtrack. MattyGtheMusician.com

#86 – Top Favorited (Today)) – Gaming 3.15.10 THANKS!!

 

40) Jay Sean – “Down”

Link: Jay Sean- Down ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Jay Sean- Down ONE MAN BAND cover on guitar drums keyboard


 

Description: Matty G plays Jay Sean’s “Down” on Guitar, Keys and Drums….. at the same time.  

 

41) Europe – “The Final Countdown”

Link: Europe – The Final Countdown ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Europe- Final Countdown ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: “Final Countdown” on Guitar, Drums, and Keyboard. Performed by Matt Guarino a.k.a. Matty G the Musician.

 

42) Theme Song From X-Men: The Animated Series

Link: X-Men: The Animated Series Theme Song ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: X-Men ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: The awesome theme song from the epic series of the nineties. Played on guitar, drums and keyboard by Matty G the Musician.

 

43) Castlevania Themes From Stage 1 and Stage 2

Link: Castlevania ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Castlevania ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: Castlevania Stage 1 and 2 on guitar, drums, and keyboard.

 

44) Edward Maya – “Stereo Love”

Link: Edward Maya- Stereo Love ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Edward Maya- Stereo Love ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: “Stereo Love” on Guitar Drums and Keyboard by Matty G the Musician.

 

45) Theme Song from Beverly Hills 90210

Link: Beverly Hills 90210 ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Beverly Hills 90210 ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: BEVERLY HILLS 90210 theme song on guitar, drums and keyboard. Matty G the Musician.

Notes: First time using the second version of the logo.

 

46) MGMT – “Kids”

Link: MGMT- Kids ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: MGMT- Kids ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: MGMT “Kids” on guitar, drums and keyboard at the same time. Cover by Matty G the Musician.

 

47) Linkin Park – “New Divide”

Link: Linkin Park- New Divide ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Linkin Park- New Divide ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on Guitar Drums Piano MattyGtheMusician


 

Description: MattyGtheMusician does Linkin Park on guitar, drums and keyboard.

 

48) Katy Perry – “E.T.”

Link: Katy Perry- E.T. ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on 3 Instruments at the SAME TIME


 

Original Link: Katy Perry- E.T. ONE MAN BAND!!! Cover on 3 Instruments at the SAME TIME


 

Description: Katy Perry’s “ET” on guitar, drums and keyboard. An interpretation by Matty G the Musician.

 

49) Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Paris”

Link: Jay-Z & Kanye West – Paris Cover ONE MAN BAND

 

Original Link: Jay-Z & Kanye West – Paris Cover ONE MAN BAND


 

Description: Jay-Z & Kanye West on guitar, drums, keyboard at the same time. One Man Band style.

 

50) Zedd – “Stay the Night”

Link: Zedd – Stay the Night ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Zedd “Stay the Night” on Guitar, Drums and Keyboard


 

Description: Zedd featuring Hayley Williams “Stay the Night” done by a one man band.

 

51) Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”

Link: Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Miley Cyrus- Wrecking Ball ONE MAN BAND


 

Description: Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” on guitar, drums and keyboard at the same time by one man band Matty G.

 

52) Martin Garrix – “Animals”

Link: Martin Garrix- Animals ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Original Link: Martin Garrix- Animals ONE MAN BAND!!!


 

Description: Animals by Martin Garrix on Guitar Drums and Piano at the same time by one man band Matty G.

 

Top 5 Songs of Every Year (2000-2015)

 

 

The Top 5 Songs of Every Year (2000-2015)

 

Earlier, I was given the task of ranking the top 5 songs of 2015. It was difficult but was also a fun way to reflect on the music of the year. Now, I’m taking it a step further and making a Top 5 list for each year of the 21st Century. Here are the terms:

 

  1. I’m strictly using the Billboard Year End charts that I found on Wikipedia. If a song did not make the list for a given year, it cannot be on my top 5 list for the year. That helps to narrow down the field significantly.

  2. If a song made the Billboard Year End chart for multiple years and I wanted to add it to one of my lists, then I added it to the year that it charted higher.

  3. I’m ranking the songs retroactively, meaning that I’m ranking them based on what I think of them right now and not what I thought about them in 2000 or 2001, etc. That’s mostly because I can’t exactly go back to the year 2000 and ask the past version of myself what the top 5 pop songs were for the year.

Without further ado, here’s a quick breakdown of the best Top 40/Pop songs of each year.

 

2000:

This is a time period where I was very heavily into rock music like Metallica, Korn and (I’ll admit it) Limp Bizkit. It was hard to look back at 2000 and find 5 songs I liked from the Billboard Year End list.

 

5. NSYNC- “It’s Gonna Be Me”

Hey, “Nookie” wasn’t a choice, so let’s give Justin and the 4 other guys some love. I liked it better than “Bye Bye Bye” even though that one had the better dance moves.

 

4. Lonestar- “Amazed”

I had “Country Grammar” here originally, but now Number 4 is just a country ballad.

 

3. Sisqo- “Thong Song”

Hey, remember Sisqo? No, not Cisco. I kind of believe that this song made thongs more mainstream in America. When’s the last time Cisco did anything to change the world…?

 

2. Blink 182- “All the Small Things”

Mark, Tom and Travis are near and dear to many fans’ hearts and I’m very familiar with this particular album. This one still stands up as a catchy pop punk hit.

 

1. Dr. Dre- “The Next Episode”

I like this song more now than I did when it came out. It took me a few more episodes than most. Those Thug Life videos definitely helped me like this song more.

 

2001:

Again, this is a time when I was fully emerged in rock music. Going by the Billboard charts, here’s what I found.

 

5. Nelly- E.I.

Nelly made the cut with this hit in the middle of his heyday.

 

4. Fuel- Hemorrhage (In My Hands)

Not even my favorite Fuel song (“Shimmer”) but this bumped 3 Doors Down.

 

3. Outcast- Ms. Jackson

Didn’t love it when it was out. Looking back now, I like it more. Feel like it got forgotten.

 

2. Lenny Kravitz- “Again”

Always liked this one and its vintage kind of feel.

 

1. Faith Hill- “There You’ll Be”

Whether or not you’ve seen Team America, you might think Pearl Harbor sucked, but I don’t mind this song from the film.

 

2002:

Brace yourself: this list features Nickelback AND Puddle of Mudd.

 

5. Chad Kroeger- “Hero”

The Spiderman 2 song was good back then and it still makes the list.

 

4. NSYNC- “Gone”

Yes. The song that Justin wrote while Britney was out getting coffee.

 

3. Usher- “U Got It Bad”

Easy addition to the list. That steel guitar. The lyrics. The guitar solo that I would practice in my room. Easily my favorite Usher hit.

 

2. Puddle of Mudd- “Blurry”

I’m well aware of the recent stories about Puddle of Mudd and the problems they’ve been having during shows. To me, that doesn’t take away from this song being awesome and one of the better rock crossovers from this era. Always loved the harmonics in the song. I actually played guitar and sang it with some friends at a small show at Fordham Prep way back in the day.

 

1. Linkin Park- “In The End”

I absolutely loved “Hybrid Theory” back in the day. This might not even be the third or fourth best song on the album, but it was the only Billboard hit, so yeah. Glad I could get some music on there that I actually loved back in 2002.

 

2003:

The year of 8 Mile and 50 Cent…

 

5. Evanescence- “Bring Me To Life”

This song was cool back in the day. The rap-rock kind of stuff fades in and out of style from time to time. It’s still one of the better charting songs of the year to me.

 

4. Lil Jon- “Get Low”

Ahh so many Sweet Sixteen memories. We partied from the windows to the walls, and until something dripped off of something, or at least until our parents picked us up.

 

3. Christina Aguilera- “Beautiful”

She’s an outstanding singer and this song showcased that better than a lot of her other songs. Good song with a good message about self love.

 

2. Audioslave- “Like a Stone”

I loved RATM and Soundgarden for years, and was lucky enough to see both in separate concerts years later when they reunited: RATM in 2007 and Soundgarden a couple of years back. Glad their temporary merger, Audioslave made the list. Chris Cornell’s vocal ability is top of the line. Tom Morello’s guitar has always been unique and interesting. Good song.

 

1. Eminem- “Lose Yourself”

I’d guess this would be most people’s number 1. Really good song. The big movie tie-in. Memorable guitar intro. Great message. I wasn’t swept up in the Eminem craze like most were, but I know he’s good.

 

2004:

Long before Pitbull was featured in every three songs on the radio and even before T-Pain auto-tuned his way into collaborations with everyone, a man named Lil Jon had a stranglehold on pop music for a time.

 

5. Switchfoot- “Meant to Live”

Forgotten band and song. Makes the cut.

 

4. Mario Winans- “I Don’t Wanna Know”

How could a woman leave Puff Daddy after he offered to give her extra cheese?

 

3. Usher- “Yeah”

Couldn’t escape this song back in the day but I’ve learned to enjoy it, mostly for the nostalgia.

 

2. Kevin Little- “Turn Me On”

A fun little dance number that makes me think of school dances. But unlike “Yeah”, I actually liked this song when it was big.

 

1. Linkin Park- “Numb”

With or without Jay-Z, this song was good.

 

2005:

This was the year I started my solo project, Bellevue, which was basically the last actual band I was in before I made a one man band. The music is on the Matty G the Musician YouTube channel for all to check out.

 

5. Gwen Stefani- “Cool”

A nice, reminiscent little post-breakup friendship song.

 

4. Gorillaz- “Feel Good Inc”

A little bit of MJ, a little bit of “Video Killed the Radio Star”… this song is still good even though a huge tractor trailer cut me off on a parkway in Delaware and almost killed me while this song was playing. A lot of a song’s impact can be affected by the moments you have with it- that’s for sure.

 

3. Ludacris- “Get Back”

Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder can take the credit for bumping this up the ranks.

 

2. The Killers- “Mr. Brightside”

Powerful song about jealousy and regret with some great instrumentals.

 

1. Green Day- “Wake Me Up When September Ends”

When I learned about what this song was really about, I appreciated it more.

 

2006:

First Myspace reference awaits you…

 

5. Chamillionaire- “Ridin Dirty”

I originally had “Goin Down” here, but this song was just too fun to drive to.

 

4. Rascal Flatts- “What Hurts the Most”

I’ll take this over the Cascada version.

 

3. Keyshia Cole- “Love”

You can feel the emotion in Cole’s voice as she shreds through the chorus of this one.

 

2. Cascada- “Everytime We Touch”

Speaking of Cascada, hey, remember Cascada? Couldn’t get away from this infectious pop song back in the day.

 

1. T.I.- “What You Know”

This was probably the longest-running song to be featured on my Myspace page. That’s right. The more you know… about that. It’s probably still there, but like the rest of the world, I probably haven’t checked my Myspace page in like 10 years.

 

 

2007:

This was the year I joined Hot 97 as an intern and hustled my way into a job there. It was also the year that the Matty G the Musician YouTube channel was launched.

 

5. Diddy- “Last Night”

That dulcimer-style piano and Keyshia Cole’s vocals make the song stand out on top of a retro-style beat. I played this for Mr. Iona 2007 on 3 instruments at the same time, along with Nelly Furtado’s “Maneater” and it helped me win the title and 200 bucks. 200 bucks for a college student is big. The memory of winning is even bigger. So I can’t really dislike this song ever.

 

4. Ne-Yo- “Because of You”

Always thought Ne-Yo was really talented and appreciated that he actually wrote and produced for a lot of artists. Also got to work at a V.I.P. concert he did for Hot 97 back when this song was big.

 

3. Shop Boyz- “Party Like a Rockstar”

Could’ve put Unk or Mims here, but this one had the rock element to it and I did a cover of it back in the day. I remember hearing it for the first time in Cancun and being like “What is this???”

 

2. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus- “Face Down”

I always liked this song. Then, these guys actually shared my cover of their song on Myspace and favorited the video on the YouTube channel. Back when YouTube channels displayed favorite videos, it was front and center on their list. Unbelievable. I’ll never dislike this song.

 

1. Rihanna- “Umbrella”

Of course this song’s Number 1. This song will always be near and dear to my heart. My YouTube cover got featured on CollegeHumor.com and got my YouTube channel on the map back in the day. That first break was SO huge and really made me believe that I could get things done if I kept working hard. I like the song as it is, but on top of that, it always brings me back to 2007 when I was doing well in school, my YouTube channel started taking off and I was starting a new job at Hot 97. Ella Ella Ey-Ey-Ey.

 

 

2008:

This was a time of economic meltdown, the Michael Phelps show at the Summer Olympics and a presidential election here in the states.

 

5. Soulja Boy- “Crank That Soulja Boy”

I definitely cranked the Soulja Boy back when this song was big. Before the dougie, and the whip and nene and after the twist, the moonwalk, and the running man. Man, I gotta come up with a dance move song.

 

4. Flo Rida- “Low”

Like the Ludacris song “Get Back”, this one gets a boost from Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.

 

3. Madonna- “4 Minutes”

Feel like this song’s forgotten but I really liked it mostly for the instrumentals behind it.

 

2. Coldplay- “Viva La Vida”

Should I just give this spot to Joe Satriani instead???

 

1. Finger Eleven- “Paralyzer”

Love the style of this song and definitely was influenced by it. Made me realize that not every rock song needs to be instrumentally overpowering to still have an impact. Actually, pulling back a bit can make the song more acceptable to a wider audience.

 

2009:

This year is very tough to choose a top 5 from. A lot of breakout music from Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift and Pitbull, and many other hit songs that can’t all make the top 5. “Knock You Down”, “I Gotta Feeling” and “My Life Would Suck Without You” almost got in.

 

5. Lady Gaga- “Just Dance”

The song that introduced us to Lady Gaga and became the title for a video game franchise that I’ve still never played.

 

4. Jay Sean- “Down”

Very smooth and catchy pop song that I think I always liked. It ages well, too.

 

3. Jordin Sparks- “Battlefield”

Heavy hitting drums, dramatic piano, epic chorus by a good vocalist. I like when pop songs get on the heavy-sounding side.

 

2. Beyonce- “Halo”

Years after this song was a hit, I think it was kind of a beautiful song with some great vocals and piano. It will always have a warm spot in my heart because I made a cover of it on three instruments for MTV. Speaking of that…

 

1. Lady Gaga- “Poker Face”

I remember “Just Dance” came out while I was still in school. For all we knew, Lady Gaga could’ve been another one hit wonder. Then, this song exploded and Lady Gaga became a household name. It will always have a warm place in my heart because I made a cover of it for MTV as part of a pilot they hired me for. Then, they gave me permission to upload the same video on my YouTube channel, where it was later discovered by CBS and put in their 2010 Grammys commercial. Crazy. Can you really blame me for putting it at number 1?

 

 

 

2010:

This is the closest Katy Perry got to making a list with “California Gurls”. I found my top 2 of this year way down in the 70s and 80s of the Billboard Year End list, and it was worth it.

 

5. Taio Cruz- “Dynamite”

I learned to appreciate this song way after 2010. Nice pop hit that I still play from time to time.

 

4. Lady Gaga- “Bad Romance”

The melody sounds like a holiday song in a weird way. Instead of “Caught in a bad romance” my friend and I once sang “Whoaaaaaaaaa, Christmas time is here” and it totally works. Try it out and sip some eggnog if you’re into that kind of stuff.

 

3. Alicia Keys- “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart”

Probably not a huge hit for the year, but I still play it on Spotify. Like the drums, synth and melody the most.

 

2. DJ Khaled- “All I Do is Win”

This song just feels too good to not be on the list. It’s hard for me to be in a bad mood after my hands go up and stay there (and they stay there, and they stay there).

 

1. Selena Gomez- “Naturally”

Another easy “Number 1” pick. Easily Selena Gomez’s best song of her career IMO.

 

2011:

Actually a lot to choose from in 2011. “All of the Lights”, “Stereo Love”, “Pretty Girl Rock” and a few Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Adele songs to choose from. There can only be 5.

 

5. Wiz Khalifa- “Black and Yellow”

Consult your doctor if you find yourself taking a black and yellow wiz.

 

4. Pitbull- “Give Me Everything”

Great hook that I didn’t appreciate but grew to like.

 

3. Foster the People- “Pumped Up Kicks”

I’m not a huge lyrics guy but know that the song was very controversial after certain tragedies. I loved the song in 2011 just because I enjoyed the laid back California vibe of the song AND it happened to be big while I was first visiting L.A.

 

2. Adele- “Rolling in the Deep”

It’s raw, edgy and sounds like it belongs in a Scorcese film. Can’t help but picture a younger Robert Di Nero overlooking a blackjack table while hearing this song.

 

1. LMFAO- “Party Rock Anthem”

I saw LMFAO live before they broke up. It was all about being over-the-top, funny and entertaining. This song is just epic fun, has that memorable zippy synth part and makes me want to shuffle every time I hear it when I’m out. I could see this song as a “Shout” type of song that’s played at weddings for years and years.

 

 

 

2012:

Soooo, do I want to have Nicki Minaj on my list or Justin Beiber? Oh well…

 

5. Justin Beiber- “As Long As You Love Me”

I don’t know if this really makes sense, but, you’re my “Alleluia”…

 

4. Calvin Harris- “Let’s Go”

It was that or Usher’s “Scream”, which kind of sound like the same song.

 

3. Christina Perri- “A Thousand Years”

I’m not going to blame the song for being a part of Twilight. It’s a pretty beautiful song that will probably age as well as the fictional vampires.

 

2. Gotye- “Somebody That I Used to Know”

Unlike “All of Me”, the dance version of this song was way better, and that’s the one I’m ranking this high.

 

1. Big Sean- “Dance”

This is not the real title of this MC Hammer homage… but this is a family-friendly show, after all.

 

 

2013:

Another year where I had to stretch to find five songs I would listen to on purpose. Therefore, two viral sensations make my list instead. It boggles my mind that Austin Mahone’s “What About Love” didn’t make the Billboard Year End 100… smh.

 

5. Ylvis- “The Fox”

Such a silly song that I couldn’t stop listening to it. Underneath the ridiculous lyrics is a great dance track.

 

4. Macklemore- “Can’t Hold Us”

“Thrift Shop” probably could’ve made it but I like this one a bit more.

 

3. Psy- “Gangnam Style”

I remember this as a 2012 song, but I’m going by the Billboard charts on Wikipedia. Ridiculous dance moves that took the world by storm. I like hearing something different on mainstream radio, even if that means a different language (“Du Hast”, anyone?).

 

2. Fall Out Boy- “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark”

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Emo movement of the early 2000s, but Fall Out Boy won me over with this one. Seems like they’ve transitioned to more rock music and I’ve found myself like more of their music over time.

 

1. Zedd- “Clarity”

One of the easiest “Number 1” picks I’ll make. I still totally love this song. The vocals, the synth, the choral effect, the melody… awesome.

 

 

2014:

There were actually a lot of good choices this year. “Stay the Night”, “Happy”, “Fancy”, “Bang Bang” and “Problem” were all worthy contenders.

 

5. Martin Garrix- “Animals”

Not often that you hear a (mostly) instrumental song become a hit on the radio.

 

4. Idina Menzel- “Let it Go”

It’s overplayed but it’s still going to be part of the Disney classics next to the likes of “A Part of Your World” and countless others.

 

3. DJ Snake- “Turn Down for What”

Not many words… just a lot of explosive energy. Might find a spot as a sports event staple for years to come.

 

2. Ellie Goulding- “Burn”

Just a nice song with catchy lyrics and good instrumentals that I almost immediately liked.

 

1. John Legend- “All of Me”

Didn’t love the dance version but the regular piano ballad version is legit. Great vocals and piano. Romantic classic in the making.

 

2015:

I originally struggled with this list because there weren’t many 2015 pop songs that I legitimately liked. “Uptown Funk” is a late addition after I got over the fact that it felt like a huge James Brown ripoff.

 

5. Mark Ronson- “Uptown Funk”

It bumped “See You Again” in my original rankings.

 

4. Taylor Swift- “Style”

It was originally “Shake It Off” until some of my friends pointed out that “Shake It Off” was more of a 2014 song. The Billboard Year End chart had “Shake It Off” for both years, but it ranked slightly higher in 2014. So, here we are.

 

3. Adele- “Hello”

The SNL parody got me interested in this song.

 

2. Pitbull- Fun

Might not be a very unique Pitbull track but there’s a lot that I like about it. The little pan flute part is my favorite.

 

1. Walk the Moon- “Shut Up and Dance”

Catchy rock song with a 1980s feel and a little cheesy. I’ll take it.

 

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT. THAT TOOK WAY LONGER THAN EXPECTED. DO YOU DISAGREE WITH MY RANKINGS? PROBABLY. I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR INPUT 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Pop Songs of 2015

Top 5 Songs of 2015

I don’t listen to a ton of new music. I go on Spotify almost every day and listen to songs that I handpicked. Most of the songs on my playlists are songs that I already know. On my regular commute, I choose to listen to podcasts instead of the radio or even Spotify. When I was asked by my friends from Hi-5 Podcast to rank the top 5 songs of 2015, I realized that I knew more than I thought.

 

Of course, most subjective “top 5” lists can be debated until the end of time if you choose. I tried to go easy on myself and pick 5 songs with one practical question:

Which pop songs from 2015 did I enjoy, and which ones did I only tolerate?

 

Typically, I don’t dig deep for new music, so all of my list had to be selected from the Top 40. Without further ado, here’s my totally subjective list of the Top 5 Songs of 2015:

 

5. Wiz Khalifa- See You Again

My toughest choice was at number 5. I found several songs that I liked a decent amount and a few of them could’ve made it to this spot. I debated with songs like “Trap Queen” and “Focus” but chose “See You Again” for a few reasons. I haven’t seen any of the Fast and the Furious movies but realize the significance that it has for fans of Paul Walker. On a musical level, I think it’s a pretty decent pop/hip-hop song with catchy piano and a hook that makes everyone want to sing along. As a keyboard player, I’ve definitely had to play this song on several occasions based on requests of friends, students and coworkers. Because of them, it made the cut. I told you this list would be very subjective. On a piano, I play the chords like this: Gm-Bb-Eb-Gm. 

 

4. Taylor Swift- Shake It Off

I know Taylor Swift had another huge year. I don’t follow celebrities or careers but I know she’s kind of a big deal in the music world. I also know that songs like “Style” maybe should’ve made my list instead, but I chose “Shake It Off” for a couple of reasons. I think “Shake It Off” kind of felt like the “Happy” of 2015. To me, it’s a fun, simple but highly catchy anthem that makes you want to sing along and dance. I don’t think that all music needs to be deep and poetic, especially in the Pop category. Some songs are just about having a good time, and that’s ok. On a piano, I play Am-C-G.

 

3. Adele- “Hello”

I first heard this song and thought, “Oh, it’s the four chords from the Axis of Awesome song.” It wasn’t until the SNL Thanksgiving skit that I started to like the song. Now, it sits at number 3 for my list. I enjoy listening to it on Spotify and lip-synching the words just like the cast of SNL. On a piano, you can play the chorus with a Fm-Db-Ab-Eb progression. I teach some of those progressions in my Garageband course.

 

2. Pitbull feat. Chris Brown- “Fun”

This is a case of separating one’s perception of an artist with one’s enjoyment of a song. This song was probably my favorite radio hit from the summer of 2015 and I don’t even know if it was played that often. It’s got that 1980s-style synth bass to start. During the verse with Chris Brown, the progression switches from minor to a C major and it kind of feels like “Thriller” in a way for just a second. Then the hook comes in and makes you want to dance, and then the flute part comes in and really makes you want to dance. It’s not the deepest of songs, but I don’t care. I’ve lowered my expectations for most pop music and if I can find something I like in what’s being force-fed to me by pop culture, then I’m content. This song has like 4 or 5 musical components that I like, which is enough to make the top 5 this year.

 

1. Walk the Moon- “Shut Up and Dance”

Wait… what? No “Uptown Funk”? Nope. I bet most people would pick “Uptown Funk”. It’s a nice catchy pop song that feels like a throwback to James Brown and artists similar to James Brown. The thing is: when I first heard “Uptown Funk”, that’s all I could think about. It reminded me of when Bruno Mars basically made a Police song with “Locked Out of Heaven”. From what I’ve read, I’ve heard he actually writes his own songs as well as other people’s songs (like Cee-Lo Green’s hit song). Regardless, I chose “Shut Up and Dance” for a few reasons. I like the guitar effect in the beginning that must’ve been accomplished by some type of Edge-like delay pedal.  The song then progresses to my favorite part of the whole song, which is the build up to the chorus. After that, things open up nicely with the upbeat hook that makes people want to sing along. I like the fun message to the song and I like the intentionally cheesy and dorky 1980s music video. Maybe I’m just a little biased towards bands since, you know, I play instruments and stuff. I enjoy that over-the-top synth solo towards the end of the song, as well. Overall, when I hear this song, I think of summer nights in 2015 and great times out with friends, and that’s what I want to think about during the snowstorm that I’m currently sitting in 🙂

 

So that’s my list for 2015. I may regret that “Uptown Funk” snub in the future 🙂

What are your picks?

 

 

 

 

How I Made $5000 in Passive Income by Teaching Online

In this post, I will give you a quick background as to how I started teaching online, how it’s helping me make passive money monthly, and how you can start doing the same.

 

For the past 5 years or so, I’ve tried out a lot of different ways to make money online. I’ve tried online surveys, YouTube videos, creating apps, and even investing in bitcoin (HAHA). A lot of these “experiments” were great because I enjoyed trying them out. They were also very educational because I was given more perspective on what worked for me and more importantly, what didn’t work for me.

Yup. I made a Flappy Bird knockoff. One of the thousands :)
Yup. I made a Flappy Bird knockoff. One of the thousands 🙂
I actually made a few of them.... (I did actually spend hours learning to code original apps, but none of those were ever put on the app store and were really basic).
I actually made a few of them…. (I did spend hours learning to code original apps, but none of those were ever put on the App Store and were really basic).

MY BACKGROUND:

In the “real” world, I’m a teacher. About six years ago, I started substitute teaching after I graduated from college and couldn’t find a decent job in marketing. When I finally landed my first post-college desk job, I realized that I liked teaching better and went to grad school for education. Flash forward five years from then and I’ve been a teacher’s aide, student teacher, part-time music teacher, personal tutor, camp counselor and full-time Social Studies and Music teacher. In that time, I also worked for a company that taught after-school classes and summer camp courses in subjects like Lego robotics, comic book making and video game design. The company once asked me to write the curriculum for a music class and I did. At the time, I had way more experience using Logic Pro for my home recording, but saw Garageband as a great introduction to recording and wrote the course as a “Music Production with Garageband” course.

HOW I STARTED TEACHING ONLINE: 

One day last year, I discovered a blog post about a site called Udemy. According to the post, some guy made $60000 in a month by being the first to make an online course on what was (at the time) the latest iPhone development software. I was intrigued by Udemy and took note of it, but didn’t look into it much further for a few months. Then, in November of 2014 I started working on a Garageband course using the newest version of Garageband. I made an outline and began recording the lectures with my desktop. Recording the lectures took me very little time because I knew most of the stuff off the top of my head and had been teaching people how to use Garageband for quite some time. When I did mess something up when recording, I would just re-do that one lecture once or twice at the most before I thought it was ready to be published. I also made sure to read all of the rules and suggestions that Udemy had on their blog about course creation and joined the Udemy instructor group on Facebook.

RESULTS:

Since my course has been up, I’ve made three other courses on Udemy and also uploaded some of the courses on other sites like Skillfeed (which is actually shut down now). Besides some basic maintenance every now and then, I have not been doing much work on any of the courses. Yet, my online courses are going to net me about $5000 by the end of my first year. The numbers fluctuate from month to month, but over time, the sales have added up. To some people, $5000 in mostly passive income may not seem like much, but to a lot of people like me, it is very encouraging. To me, it opened the doors to new possibilities. When I made an app for the first time, I was hoping to make $30 a month or at least cover the cost of opening up an Apple developer account (I didn’t…LOL). Now, making $300 a month in passive income is not only possible, but it’s been happening on a fairly regular basis, and that’s just on Udemy.

 HOW TO TEACH ONLINE:

I know a lot of people who are interested in teaching online or are just interested in ways to make some side cash. I would definitely recommend starting with Udemy. In order to give you a head start, here are the steps that I took.

 

1) Join Udemy and apply to be an instructor.

 2) Once approved, join the Facebook group for Udemy instructors.

 3) Research the Udemy marketplace and start thinking of courses that you may want to teach. If there are already courses on there, check the reviews and see what type of material is being covered in the course outline. Just because there are other courses about the topic doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for you. If anything, it’s a good thing if those courses are selling because it proves that there is some demand for that subject.

 4) Read the Udemy blog about making a course.

 5) I definitely recommend Alun Hill’s course on creating a Udemy course. I took it and it gave me a lot of helpful pointers. I followed all of the advice that it gave me and I’m pretty sure that it helped my course out a ton. You can try to get it while it’s on sale during Black Friday. Definitely a good investment.

 6) Make an outline for your course and start recording it.

 

That was how I started. There is certainly more to do after that, and a lot of it is covered on the Udemy blog and the Alun Hill course. But, just getting started could be half the battle. Like many of my other online “experiments”, I went in thinking it would be a valuable learning experience with the potential for something more. I’ve never had better results than with teaching online, and I think that you may feel the same way with a little hard work upfront. Then, somewhere down the line, you could be sitting back and collecting passive money, too. 

…And that’s how I made $5000 in passive income by teaching online (with minimal effort). There’s nothing quite like the feeling of traveling, checking your phone, and getting an email from time to time that says “Congratulations. You have a new student!” $5000 certainly isn’t enough to live off of for a long time, but it’s definitely nice. Speaking of traveling, here’s some of the stuff I did this year:  

Got a chance to visit Google Headquarters, but got in trouble when I tried to ride one of the bikes.
Got a chance to visit Google Headquarters, but got in trouble when I tried to ride one of the bikes.
Visited the Bahamas with my gf
Visited the Bahamas with my gf
Made some new friends at Mount Royal in Montreal. Played a bunch of songs with them.
Made some new friends at Mount Royal in Montreal. Played a bunch of songs with them.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. My Udemy courses are available here.

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