Forget Christian Slater in "Pump Up The Volume". Matt Pinfield knew he wanted to be a disc jockey at 4 years old. With his head glued to his transistor listening to WABC in New York City, it was only a matter of time before he convinced his Physics teacher father to build him an AM transmitter in his basement in East Brunswick, New Jersey. At the ripe old age of 9, he had his own radio station with two turntables and a cheap Radio Shack mixer. He would come home from school and do radio shows, and so would his neighborhood friends. Sure its reach was only a couple of blocks...but that wasn't the point.
This led to visits to the local AM station WCTC in New Brunswick at the age of ten, where he would sit in with the night jock, and absorb everything he could learn.
Jump ahead to age 16, when Matt started doing shows on the Rutgers University radio station WRSU, where he would later become promotions director and music director. he also did summers on Princeton U's WPRB in the early 80's.
Matt's first commercial radio job was as a weekend/overnights/fill-in jock at WHTG-FM in Asbury Park in 1984, where he paid his dues, before finally securing middays, and then afternoon drive at one of the first 13 Modern Rock stations in the U.S. He won the Gavin Award for Commercial Alternative Music Director of the Year back to back in '92 and '93-the first time anyone who wasn't in a major market had won the award. At the end of '93 into '94, he was promoted to Program Director before being discovered by the music and talent department of MTV. In "93, Matt also did his first on-air MTV hosting on the show 120 Minutes as a fill-in. Although he didn't get hired as the permanent host right away, it got the attention of the network.
In January of '95, he was named Manager of Music Programming for MTV, and was one of the committee of 10 who picked and programmed the videos, and created specials for the channel in one of their most influential periods. Just months later, Matt was asked to start hosting 120 Minutes again. Due to his vast musical knowledge and relatable delivery, MTV research declared he was their most loved vj...and expanded his on-air responsibilities to include over the next 5 years over 15 regular shows, over 100 specials, and used his style as the template for the original MTV2 (M2)-where he became that channel's first VJ. In the spring of '96, Howard Stern suggested that WXRK in New York City flip format from Classic to Modern Rock, and asked them to hire Matt Pinfield to be on-air.
Although they wanted him to do afternoon drive, because of his growing MTV schedule, he ended up doing a 4 hour free form New Music/Classic show called" The Buzz" which ran until the station changed format in the mid 2000's. Pinfield continued to do the show when he left MTV to move to LA in 2000 (thanks to K-ROQ LA being kind enough to let him broadcast from their studios.) Matt’s move to LA was to host and write the USA network TV show "Farmclub.com" which was on 2000-2001 where A-list artists played live alongside unknowns who uploaded their music to the show's website. As Interscope CEO and show creator Jimmy Iovine said "it was a great show and idea...think Myspace and Facebook but way ahead of its time, when no one had broadband."
When the show finished, Matt moved back to NYC, and was named Vice President of A&R and Artist Development for Rock at Columbia Records where he signed and oversaw the making of many gold and platinum records between 2001-2006.
All the while still hosting "The Buzz" on WXRK, New York, He was hired to do the first weekly music interview show in HD by Marc Cuban for HDNET. "Sound Off With Matt Pinfield" lasted 4 seasons and featured interviews with artists from every music genre-Rock, Pop, Country, Hip-Hop, Jazz and R&B.
In May of 2008, Matt started doing morning drive for WRXP, a new station which fused modern and classic rock and remained with the station until it changed ownership and format in June 2011.
In July 2011, MTV brought back Matt's signature show and changed the name to"MTV2's 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield". The show's return met with praise from over 250 publications and websites (NY/LA Times/Entertainment Weekly/Hollywood Reporter just to name a few). The show airs weekly on Fridays).
Matt currently hosts the classic rock history syndicated weekend radio show "Flashback" for Cumulus Radio Networks which airs currently on over 200 stations in the U.S. and Canada including KLOS in Los Angeles and KSAN in San Francisco and The Hivecast with Matt Pinfield which is a free podcast through iTunes and MTVHIVE.COM.
In 2014, he was elected to the RIAA & GRAMMY Board of Governors, he was active 2014-2016.
In 2016 Matt signed on with his longtime friend Dano Leman for management and representation. The duo have been and continue to be involved with some really unique events, productions and brands.
In 2016 Matt Pinfield published his memoir, “All These Things That I’ve Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life.” That was featured Top 5 of Amazon’s Arts & Entertainment book list. In this expansive, no-holds-barred memoir Pinfield traces his lifelong music obsession—from the heavy metal that infused his teenage years, to his first encounters with legends like Lou Reed and The Ramones and how, through his post-MTV years, he played a major role in bringing nineties alt rock mainstream. Over his long career Pinfield has interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney to Nirvana to Jay-Z, earning the trust and admiration of artists and fans alike.
In 2016 the world’s largest syndication company Westwood One launched “2 HOURS”, a nightly new-music show airing nationwide. Hosted by legendary MTV/VH1 VJ Matt Pinfield, the show’s not only a source for new music, but also a destination for artists looking to chat about what they're up to and what they're listening to. Matt is widely known for his interview talents and we'll showcase full versions of his conversations on Matt’s “2 HOURS” podcast as well as Westwood One’s website. 130 shows and counting. 2 HOURS airs Monday through Friday, 10pm to Midnight.
In 2017 Matt will host such branded events as A Beautiful Perspective’s EMERGE on the Las Vegas strip and Sound-Track @ the Ticket Galaxy 200 NASCAR concert in Phoenix.
REPUTATION FOR INTERVIEWS
Matt's reputation for interviewing has helped make him an internationally respected music source. His knowledge of all things rock from 50's blues to modern rock had prompted an invitation to speak at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where he was honored in May of 2008.
He had conducted over 1000 interviews with recording artists from all genres including all the Classic Rock legends to Modern Rock superstars, and the biggest names in Pop, Country, R&B and even Jazz.
He has done over 150 album specials for Premiere, Album Network, SFX, FMQB, and many more.
Some of those artists include McCartney, Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Kinks, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, and hundreds of more Classic Rock artists.
U2 (he has done 4 exclusive albums specials with the band) Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and too many more modern rock acts to mention.
Nirvana/Foo Fighters legend Dave Grohl has been quoted as saying "No one on the planet knows more about rock and roll than Matt Pinfield. and as far as I'm concerned, he is in a league of his own when it comes to storytelling and doing interviews. He has mine and all my musician friends eternal respect."
“The most trusted opinion in rock music” (Billy Corgan, The Smashing Pumpkins), Matt Pinfield offers the ultimate music fan’s memoir, a chronicle of the songs and artists that inspired his improbable career alongside some of the all-time greats, from The Beatles to KISS to U2 to The Killers.