Versatility is crucial for musicians in the 21st century. Mattie Safer knows this very well. A Washington DC reared jazz school dropout who came into his own in New York City as bassist of indie dance band The Rapture, Mattie Safer is a singer, songwriter and producer with a unique R&B/soul sensibility.
During his time with The Rapture, Safer toured the world with Daft Punk and worked with esteemed producers, including Timbaland, Danger Mouse and influential British producer, Paul Epworth. This choice meeting with Epworth led to a solo deal in 2011 with Epworth’s Wolf Tone Records, unveiling a more refined musical style from Safer.
Influenced by musical greats of the past and present including The Impressions, Marvin Gaye, and Erykah Badu, Safer makes soul music. Classic American songwriting refracted through a hip hop sensibility; an Impressions record produced by J Dilla. Although his deal with Wolf Tone did not stand the test of time, Safer credits Epworth with encouraging him to find his sound and make timeless music that he loves.
In the summer of 2015 Safer relocated to Los Angeles to embark upon a new chapter of his life as an independent artist. His time at Wolf Tone created the framework for his solo debut, All We Are, released independently in May of 2016. The 5-song EP features honest songwriting “about love and spiritual growth” pairing velvety vocals with stripped-down R&B production, offering a breath of fresh air in a predominantly electronic soundscape. Says Safer of the project, “This is a record about growing and growing up, looking in the mirror and encouraging myself to keep going. If any of that speaks to others people’s experiences then I've done good work. If I can share through music and help other people, that's wonderful.”
Safer is bi-coastal and continues to write, record, and perform live shows in New York & Los Angeles.
“Revelatory R&B melodies” -Self-Titled Magazine
“On 'All We Are' and particularly “Whenever You’re Ready” Mattie Safer gives us a sincere taste of his deep talent, flexing his tongue as he masterfully combines emotional and musical forces to make a powerfully evocative connection.” -Atwood Magazine
“His frontman debut showcases the quirkiness and honesty that endears audiences at Mattie’s live performances.” -Singersroom
“Melodic soul with a cool groove that should appeal to both adult soul and pop music lovers.” -Soultracks.com
“Safer leads a listener down a welcoming path of patience through a flourishing build of neo-soul and fresh feelings.” -Girl Underground
“Mattie is a musician with a voice of gold” -H-Blog