Fully Altered Media is dedicated to securing media placements for creative musicians and arts organizations in print, online, syndicated radio, and television. We also offer consulting services to artists, labels and arts organizations and recently launched a new business in direct-to-fan marketing through email, social media and non-traditional grassroots fan engagement. We offer project management and social media management as well.
About Matt Merewitz
Matt Merewitz founded Fully Altered Media in 2007 and has since become a top publicist for some of the biggest names in jazz and creative music such as Vijay Iyer, Miguel Zenon, Dave Douglas, Nels Cline, Chris Potter, John Hollenbeck, Myra Melford, Aaron Parks, Dan Tepfer, Theo Bleckmann, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Frank Foster, Bennie Maupin, Matt Wilson, Todd Sickafoose, Adam Rudolph, Linda Oh, Ryan Keberle and many others. Since 2006, he has overseen or consulted on publicity campaigns for top labels including ECM Records, Blue Note Records, Concord Music Group, Enja, Whirlwind Recordings, Firehouse 12, Pi Recordings, Cryptogramophone, Marsalis Music and many others.
Following a three-year stint at Philadelphia-based DL Media, Matt made the move to New York City in 2009 to take Fully Altered Media to the next level. His first independent clients included Pi Recordings (Amir Elsaffar, Steve Lehman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Fieldwork and Marc Ribot), Chicago drummer & festival producer Mike Reed, Philadelphia creative music presenter Ars Nova Workshop, saxophonist Chris Potter and pianist Vijay Iyer,
Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, after 6 years of classical piano study, the jazz bug bit at age 12 when he began taking the saxophone more seriously (early listening influences ranged from Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald to John Coltrane and Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi period on Warner Brothers). He studied with respected Maryland-DC area saxophonists Jim Carroll, Andy Axelrad and Paul Carr, who instilled a deep love of the bebop/post-bop vernacular (who turned him onto Cannonball Adderley, Arnett Cobb, Hank Mobley, Joe Henderson and Art Blakey). While pursuing a major in public policy and a minor in jazz studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he became immersed in college radio at WRCT-FM (where he discovered and delved deeper into the jazz avant garde as well as gaining an education in indie rock, electronic music, hip-hop, folk, singer-songwriter, alt-country, blues and reggae). In 2003 he began writing reviews for AllAboutJazz.com, booking concerts at CMU and was awarded internships with the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Appreciation Month, XM Satellite Radio, WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh and eventually a job in the music publicity field at DL Media.
Aside from playing saxophone in his apartment and listening to lots of live and recorded music on a variety of outdated recorded formats, Matt enjoys eating out, live comedy, traveling, speaking French, watching indie/art films and listening to podcasts (notably Fresh Air and WTF with Marc Maron). He has an unhealthy obsession with social media. He is working on that.