Matthew is a proficient and prolific musician who has been playing guitar and performing the majority of his life. He grew up along the east coast, mainly in DC and NYC, with short stints in Miami and Philadelphia. He fell in love with New Orleans in 2002 during a trip to Jazz Fest, and decided immediately that this was the home his soul had been longing for.
Under the name El DeOrazio, his “modern electric blues” combine new interpretations of familiar songs with his own “spontaneous compositions”, which come to life as improvisational work inspired by the moment. He has worked with many other artists on guitar and drums, both live and in the studio over the years, and truly enjoys every aspect of playing and creating music.
His EP El DeOrazio is available on the Music page.
Matthew has several 'main' guitars, but enjoys playing locally crafted instruments, including the New Orleans Guitar Company JB14 (Vincent Guidroz, New Orleans, LA) and the Melancon Cajun Gentleman (Gerard Melancon, Thibodaux, LA)
While El DeOrazio as a group is currently on hiatus, Matthew continues to perform regularly with his wife, Melissa as The Dirty Rain Revelers.
Based in New Orleans, The Dirty Rain Revelers embodies the unified musical collaboration of husband/wife team, Matthew and Melissa DeOrazio, both on guitars and vocals.
The couple met on a gig in Austin in October 2005, a post-Katrina love story set to music. Melissa has family roots in TX and grew up in Austin; Matthew was retreating and recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
They quickly began performing, recording and touring as Melissa on the Rocks. After a year and a half, Melissa and Matthew joined in marriage in 2007, and moved back to New Orleans. As two independent artists from divergent backgrounds, they felt compelled to merge their styles to create a sound more representative and ultimately more rewarding.
After 8 years under the name Sweet Jones, they felt it was time to hit the refresh button again. A variety of reasons went into the decision, between internet visibility, changes in the line-up, and the subtle shifting of sounds over time.
In autumn 2016, they changed their name to The Dirty Rain Revelers.
You can also catch him performing with Shawn Williams