About the Mentor
Matt Barus has been kicking around in bands in Christchurch since the late '90s. He was so inspired hearing Jeremy Taylor singing "Hallelujah" at the Dux that he conspired to purchase an electric guitar and start writing his own (really bad) songs. Years later some of the songs he wrote for his band the Dukes ended up in the top ten charts.
Dukes later toured with Blondie and the Pretenders, which resulted in Chris Stein from Blondie asking Matt to write a few songs for their next album. He obediently did, with great nervousness.
Matt is currently dabbling in songwriting for hire and his folk-ish project 'Terrible Sons' with his wife Lauren.
Welcome to the mentoring family Matt!