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
2017 Anna Tivel "Small Believer"
2017 Josh Ritter "Gathering"
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"
2017 Indigo Girls "Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story (An Album to Benefit War Child)"
2017 Hunter Simpson "Goldmine"
2016 Hiss Golden Messenger "Heart Like A Levee" (Merge)
2016 Bon Iver "22, A Million" (Jagjaguwar)
2016 Scott Hirsch "Blue Rider Songs" (Scissor Tail)
2016 Mount Moriah "How To Dance" (Merge)
2016 Brett Harris "Up In the Air"
2015 Hiss Golden Messenger "Parallelogram" (Three Lobed Recordings)
piano, saxes, background vocals
2015 Mount Moriah "Calvander" EP (Merge)
2015 Birds & Arrows "Edge of Everything"
2015 Jeanne Jolly "A Place to Run" (Ramblewood Records)
2015 Bhi Bhiman "Rhythm & Reason" (Thirty Tigers)
2015 The Mountain Goats "Beat the Champ" (Merge)
2015 American Aquarium "Wolves"
2015 Hiss Golden Messenger "Southern Grammar EP" (Merge)
2015 Six String Drag "Roots Rock N Roll"
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"
2013 Gilbert Neal "Dirty Red Pagan"
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)
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