Matt Kelly

Location (Philly Neighbourhood): Chestnut Hill


Current Project(s)/Band(s): Just playing under my name for now, but need a name for my amazing backing band.  How does Matt Kelly and the Green Jelly sound?

Past Project(s)/Band(s): Toy Soldiers, The Jantiques, Poin Curse, Scenic Vista, The Deadly Medley of Nedley, Perkasie.

Instrument(s) you play: Guitar, drums, keys, echoes, vibes.

What else do you do in the Philly music scene? Go to shows, play on people's records, and drink beers.


Location of Photo(s): Kelly Green Studios

What does this location mean to you?:   After being living away from home for a while, and then touring heavily with Toy Soldiers, it was nice to have a stable creation station to call home.  Until recently, this space was totally unfinished.  It originally had stark cinder block walls and a single light-bulb hanging from the ceiling. It looked like a Soviet interrogation chamber.  When the room above it flooded a few years back, it gave us an excuse to finish it and make it more habitable.  Now, it's a cozy creation chamber.  All my gear is here and I can write and record to my heart's desire.  In fact, all songs on my new EP were written and recorded entirely in this room, with me playing 99.9% of the instruments.  


Favourite Place in Philly: Secret chambers in Independence Hall (as discovered by Founding Father, Nicholas Cage)

Favourite Watering Hole: Fergie's Pub 

Favourite Restaurant: Han Dynasty 

Favourite Pizza Spot: Trios (that one by The Fire)

Favourite Philly Record Shop: The Philadelphia Department of Records

Favourite Philly Venue: Johnny Brenda's


Recording Space: Kelly Green Studios

Favourite Philly Band(s): Thom McCarthy, Bryant Eugene Vasquez, Myrrias 

Best show you’ve seen in Philly: Thee Oh Sees at the now-defunct Danger Danger Gallery, around 2009.  I didn't know their music very well at the time, and when we got to the venue, the place was packed.  I could only hear the sound of them tuning up.  I pushed through the crowd until I suddenly emerged from this sea of butts and backs to find myself in the very front, just feet from the band. There were Thee Oh Sees.  They looked so cool, and they were set up on the floor, instead of the stage behind them.  In a second's time, their frontman John Dwyer said into the mic "Hi, we're Thee Oh Sees, we're from California. 1-2-3-4!" and launched into a relentless, reverb-soaked rock-fest that forever changed me.  Their music felt tailored to all that I was.  It was psychedelic, it was punk, it was surf. But it also had a sense of humor that kept it from being too self-serious.  I emerged from that show sweaty and inspired, and I knew that after that I wanted to play rock shows myself.  Soon after, I started a two-piece called The Deadly Medley of Nedley, which lead to Toy Soldiers, and the rest is history.  


What are you listening to now: Nick Cave, early Pink Floyd, A Tribe Called Quest. 


If you could sum up in one sentence what Philly / Philly music scene means to you, what would it be? "Be your own tastemaker."

Random Fun Facts: Karaoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese/American car horns beep in the pitch of F. 

Childhood Dream Job: Ghostbuster

Pets: Two dogs, Bella and Dezi.


Future plans: Keep recording, playing shows and exploring sounds.