Matt Hutchison is an unapologetic, pure pop offering. Always looking for ways to do more with less, Matt is endlessly searching for unique melodies and turns of phrase, weaving them into simple arrangements, the marriage of which delivers to his listener an accessible piece of art. Much like the man himself, Matt Hutchison’s music is outwardly affable and charming. However, there really is more there than meets the eye (and ear). His music is an invitation into deep conversation over a bottle of the good stuff. He’d prefer cheap whiskey, but if it’s wet, he’ll drink it.
So what is The Big ‘Gin? Crack open your middle school Social Studies book for a second to page 82. The word “gin” in this context is derived from the word “engine.” Remember Eli Whitney’s “Cotton Gin?” It will be on the test. Looking to bring his songs to life and the stage, Matt Hutchison invites some of the finest talent in the Mid-Atlantic region to join him. Because this large cadre of friends and musicians who help drive his music is made up of so many distinct and important personalities, Matt affectionately calls them The Big ‘Gin – his big engine. On some glorious night down the road, Matt will bring them all to the stage for an extravaganza for the ages. Until then, you can meet a smaller incarnation of the Big ‘Gin at every stop. The stage to fit the entire band has yet to be built.
Matt’s music has recently been compared to Crowded House, Squeeze, and Elvis Costello.
“He takes you on a rollercoaster of energy and emotion… What makes his sound so immediately interesting, though, is that it is melodic and altogether engaging. There’s a sense of honesty within the way he portrays himself in his songs that makes his words seem both relatable and authentic.” - Alec Cunningham
"When folks think of pop music these days, they likely picture in their minds what is popular at the moment. And that picture would likely include mixtures of EDM, rock and rap into a contemporary sounding stew. However, when Hutchison’s music is described as pop, this description is meant to signal classic pop. So this truer picture would be something along the lines of the Beatles and melodic 60s music. It’s the kinds of sounds anglophiles particularly dig.” - Dan MacIntosh