|Art by Lucius Nelson|
Matthew Kilby is a Charleston native who once played with a local band known as The Makeshift. They played a lot of shows with Heyrocco back in the day, and then kind of dwindled off after several band members moved away for college and other things. Matthew himself left town to attend UNC Chapel Hill, and after that he attended The Jacobs School of Music at IU Bloomington, where he studied under ten-time Grammy Award Nominee Michael Spiro.
After being away from Charleston for seven years, Matthew decided to move back when he heard about an opening for a percussion teacher at North Charleston’s Fort Dorchester High School. He got the job and is now teaching two of his own percussion classes and also doing some work with the school’s steel pan group and marching band.
In his spare time, Kilby likes to record and produce music, and he’s excited to find his way back into the Charleston music scene after so many years of absence. Most recently, he produced his former bandmate Shane Allen’s new EP Life’s A Dream, as well as released a single from his solo project called “Talk to Me”.
“Talk to Me” was recorded by Kilby at his house, where he played all the instruments and produced the song himself. Rachel McNulty is featured on background vocals. It’s a promising debut single from the project, which has been dubbed M. Kilby. “Talk to Me” is an indie rock song that should find itself right at home with the indie-loving Charleston music scene.
As of right now, M. Kilby is just a recording project, and Matthew doesn’t have plans to perform the song live. He does, however, have some future releases planned that will feature collaborations with Charleston musicians. Get familiar with M. Kilby by listening to “Talk to Me” below, and stay tuned for those upcoming collabs.