Bio

Matt Douglas is a woodwinds player, multi-instrumentalist, and member of The Mountain Goats and The Hot at Nights.

After graduating from NYU, Matt went off to Central Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship to study Hungarian folk music. It was at that time that Matt started writing songs. After two years of escapism, Matt headed to Raleigh, NC where he joined up with guitar great Chris Boerner (Foreign Exchange, Jeanne Jolly) and drummer Matt McCaughan (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger) to form The Proclivities. They released their first album, Predispositions, in July of 2006 to rave reviews. In 2007, The Proclivities recorded a soundtrack for an independent film called Coney Island (Blackwater Films), and in June of 2008 they released their masterpiece Handguns & Dancing Shoes. In Early 2009, Matt joined with country legend Caitlin Cary (Whiskeytown, Tres Chicas) to perform in the annual Love Hangover show in Raleigh, NC. Their relationship developed into a songwriting collaboration, out of which they formed The Small Ponds. Their first album was released on Last Chance Records in September of 2010. Matt also makes up one-third of the instrumental power trio The Hot at Nights, alongside longtime collaborator Chris Boerner on 8-string guitar and Nick Baglio on drums. Throughout 2015, Matt was on tour as a multi-instrumentalist with The Mountain Goats to promote the album Beat the Champ. In 2016, Matt joined The Mountain Goats as a permanent member. 

Matt continues to live and work in Raleigh, North Carolina as a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and songwriter.

Matt has shared the stage with Hiss Golden Messenger, Josh Ritter, Erin McKeown, Bon Iver, Bhi Bhiman, Ari Picker, Chris Stamey, Ani Difranco, Tift Merritt, Nicolay, The Rosebuds, Jeanne Jolly, Jenn Grant, The Old Ceremony, American Aquarium, Kenny Roby, Laura Cortese, and many more. 

*See Matt's Discography for all recordings
 

Discography

2017 Anna Tivel "Small Believer"
woodwinds

2017 Josh Ritter "Gathering"
woodwinds/arrangement

2017 Sylvan Esso "Echo Mountain Session"
tenor sax, flute

2017 The Mountain Goats "Goths" (Merge)
woodwinds, keyboards, background vocals

2017 The Hot at Nights "Three Kids"
woodwinds

2017 Indigo Girls "Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story (An Album to Benefit War Child)"
saxophones

2017 Hunter Simpson "Goldmine"
saxophone

2016 Hiss Golden Messenger "Heart Like A Levee" (Merge)
saxes, clarinets

2016 Bon Iver "22, A Million" (Jagjaguwar)
saxes

2016 Scott Hirsch "Blue Rider Songs" (Scissor Tail)
saxes

2016 Mount Moriah "How To Dance" (Merge)
saxes

2016 Brett Harris "Up In the Air"
saxes

2015 Hiss Golden Messenger "Parallelogram" (Three Lobed Recordings)
piano, saxes, background vocals

2015 Mount Moriah "Calvander" EP (Merge)

saxes

2015 Birds & Arrows "Edge of Everything"
saxes

2015 Jeanne Jolly "A Place to Run" (Ramblewood Records)
saxes

2015 Bhi Bhiman "Rhythm & Reason" (Thirty Tigers)
woodwinds

2015 The Mountain Goats "Beat the Champ" (Merge)
woodwinds

2015 American Aquarium "Wolves"
woodwinds

2015 Hiss Golden Messenger "Southern Grammar EP" (Merge)
saxes

2015 Six String Drag "Roots Rock N Roll"
saxes

2014 Mary Johnson Rockers "Remedy"
saxes on Slow Loving

2014 Brett Harris "Mr. Sunshine EP"
saxes on Mr. Sunshine

2014 Hiss Golden Messenger "The Beast & Dragon, Adored" (Spoon cover for Merge 25)
piano, alto, tenor, bari sax

2013 The Hot at Nights "Try This!"
alto, tenor, bari sax, flute, clarinet, effects

2013 Laura Cortese "Into the Dark" 
clarinet on "Take Your Time"

2013 Pet Tich Eye - Triangle Creative Collaboration Project
"Roll On" by Brad Cook, M.C. Taylor, Jeff Stickley - alto & bari sax, flute

2013 Hiss Golden Messenger "Glad EP"
alto & bari sax on "Issa"

2013 Kenny Roby "Memories & Birds" (Little Criminal Records)
saxophones, flute, clarinet, piano

2013 Erin McKeown "Manifestra" (TVP Records)
saxophones, flute, clarinet

2013 Chris Stamey "Lovesick Blues"
clarinet

2013 Gilbert Neal "Dirty Red Pagan"
alto sax

2012 The Rosebuds "Christmas Tree Island"
alto, tenor, bari sax, flute, clarinet

2012 The Rosebuds "Love Deluxe"
alto sax, flute, clarinet

2012 Caroline Mamoulides "Potential"
producer, woodwinds, acoustic/electric guitars, keyboards

2011 Nicolay + The Hot at Nights "Shibuya Session EP" (Foreign Exchange Music)
saxophone, effects

2011 The Hot at Nights "Nice Talk"
saxophone, clarinet, effects

2011 Laura Cortese & The Poison Oaks "Pine"
arranger for "Cry" and "Run to You", writer of "Dance Around", alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, keyboards, background vocals

2010 Erin McKeown "3 Songs EP"
alto, tenor, bari saxophones, background vocals

2010 The Small Ponds "Caitlin Cary & Matt Douglas are...The Small Ponds" (Last Chance Records)

songwriting, vocals, acoustic guitar, piano

2009 Erin McKeown "Hundreds of Lions" (Righteous Babe Records)
alto sax, baritone sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute 

2008 The Foreign Exchange "Leave It All Behind" (Foreign Exchange Music)
flute on "If She Breaks Your Heart"

2008 The Proclivities "Handguns & Dancing Shoes" (self-released)
songwriting, vocals, guitars, keyboards, woodwinds

2008 Mark Erelli "Delivered" (Signature Sounds)
alto sax, baritone sax, flute

2007 Josh Ritter "Hisorical Conquests of Josh Ritter" (Sony/Victor)
alto sax, baritone sax, bass clarinet, background vocals

2007 The Proclivities "Music From the Motion Picture Coney Island" (Blackwater Films)
songwriting, vocals, guitars, keyboards

2006 The Proclivities "Predispositions" (self-release)
songwriting, vocals, guitars, woodwinds

2006 Mosadi Music "The Window" (Mosadi Music)
vocals on "The Window"

2005 The Matt Douglas Project "Budapest Proclivities" (self-release with the Hungarian Fulbright Commission)
composer, arranger, alto sax, furulya, tilinko

2001 The Duggs Trio "Tumid" (self-release)
composer, alto sax