Matt Wells either fancies himself a bit of a renaissance man or is still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. His path began fronting the notorious Newfoundland band Bucket Truck where he paid his dues performing on a flatbed truck, at empty bars, and to audiences as large as 30 000 while sharing the stage with bands like Slayer, Damage Plan, Our Lady Peace, Filter, D.O.A, and Green Day. Bucket Truck’s final album was 2005’s “Favor the Bull” recorded in Umea, Sweden and Pouch Cove, Newfoundland with acclaimed producer Pelle Henricsson (Refused) with special guest Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits).
While still touring North America in a 1988 Ford Club Wagon with a broken heater, Matt landed the gig as host of Going Coastal on Much Music where he profiled acts like Feist, Wintersleep, Hot Hot Heat, Hey Rosetta! and Classified before they were thrust into mainstream consciousness. This journey directly led to him embarking on a career as a music television host, music journalist, and interviewer, which over the past 10 years for Much Music, MuchMore, Bravo, MTV and CTV, has put him face to face with Metallica, Lady Gaga, Benicio Del Toro, Quentin Tarantino, Ozzy Osbourne, Lou Reed, Ben Kingsley, The Police, Debbie Harry, Samuel L Jackson, and Aerosmith (just to name a few). It also brought him to the 2010 Winter Olympics as host of The CTV Digital Lounge where Matt had the opportunity to sit down with the world’s most accomplished Olympians past and present.
Matt is a Gemini nominated television host with well over 1500 interview under his belt, but still continues to make music, now co-fronting the 8 piece folk/roots group Lazybones who have released 2 albums, 4 videos, and performed with Levon Helm, Great Big Sea and Tom Cochrane. Over the past year as an actor, he has appeared in the critically acclaimed web-series “Prison Dancer; The Musical!”; on TV screens in the CW/CBS 2012 reboot of “Beauty & the Beast” along side Kristin Kreuk; in the short film “The Business of Acting” (Wild Driver); and on the stage as Rick in the wildly successful farcical comedy “Frances & Marybeth” at the Factory Theatre in Toronto.
Not for nuthin’, Matt just might be the only music journalist/actor/writer/musician/TV host/dad who has interviewed Slayer then jumped on stage to open for them; recorded a song with Huey Lewis; and performed a Led Zeppelin song onstage with half of Van Halen.