Matthew Shell (also known as MTS), is a music producer and engineer. Based in Washington DC, his versatile production style spans genres as wide as jazz and rock, to RnB and soul. Matthew writes and produces music released as solo productions under his own name, as well as for other bands and solo artists. He is the founder and CEO of publishing house and record label MTS Music.
Shell’s work on the production for Marcus Johnson’s album Flo: Chill reached #7 on Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Chart in 2009. Later that year he worked as the engineer on O.A.R.’s album Rain or Shine that reached #5 on the Independent Albums Chart and also #7 on the US Alternative Albums Chart. In 2011, his work on Grammy Nominee Carolyn Malachi’s Beautiful Dreamer was featured on FOX 5 DC Morning News.
Shell's early productions include "Rhythmic Journey" LP (2003), "Live Vibe: The Humble Beginnings" EP (2005), "Film Music: Inspiration For The Jaded Generation" LP (2008), "Time For Prayer" EP (2009), and his collaboration with Kenny McNeil titled "Dare 2 Dream" LP (2010)
Shell’s career as a Recording Artist took off in 2012 when "Freedom", his collaboration with Trey Eley was launched by the Recording Academy via a Worldwide Exclusive First Listen at GRAMMY.com in 2012. The album was also featured as one of Generation Bass’ Top Albums for 2012.
In 2013, Shell collaborated with Arun Shenoy on "Genesis", a jazz instrumental which received massive airplay as the lead single on the full length album, "Victorious". The video for "Genesis" was released via Steven Slate's youtube channel in a cross- promotion for the Raven MTX multi-touch control surface.
In 2014, Shell released a single "My Baby" in association with DJ Flexx. The song featuring the vocal talents of IhsAn Bilal, Honore’ & D.C. Don Juan was a song Shell co-wrote and produced for his wife, Terra.
Shell released his follow-up to Victorious in 2015 titled "Spiritual Relationship: The Deeper Meaning". The music on the album was conceived over a 15 year period. During this process, over 200 songs were created and scratched before this final version of 11 songs were picked to be recorded and release as part of this project. Shell’s wife, Terra, inspired the completion of this concept album which goes from two destined souls being alone, to meeting, to growing in love, to protecting each other, to finding true love that lasts a lifetime.
2016 marked the release of the single "Sparkle" an ambitious collaboration between Matthew Shell and fellow Omega Studios grad Tyrone Johnson (aka Commoninterst) featuring cellist Yoed Nir, guitarist Ziv Shalev, and drummer Glenn Grossman. Commoninterest's elctronic production style fused with Shell's multi-instrumentalist arrangement style will be explored further in future single releases.