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Matteo Grassi

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About Matteo

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Matteo began his musical upbringing at 8 years old. Inspired by his father and mother, guitarist and vocalist actively performing during the 60's and early 70's era and by his relative classical pianist Ivo Pogorelich, he studied electric and double bass at the conservatory of his hometown (Terni, Italy). In 1996 Matteo discovered his ease and passion for the electric bass, which became his main instrument ever since, and in 2005 his talent was recognised by Irene Grandi's bass player Marco Caudai. Matteo moved to London in 2007 to expand his skills and keep looking for that sound. He shared stages with world known figures such as Roy Ayers, Martha and The Vandellas, Neville Staple, Linda Lewis, Eliza Doolittle, Roots Manuva, Curiosity Killed The Cat etc. Hanging at popular and underground London's jam sessions gave birth to a wide array of circumstances. Some of his collaborations include: Afrik Bawantu, Faith I Branko, Asian Dub Foundation, Seeds of Creation, Full Attack Band, Tantz, Tony Dudu & Gumbe Jazz, The Boom Yeh, Gizelle Smith, Living Sounds, Ruby Goe, The Toasters and many others as well as having recorded for pop artists like Oceana. With a very percussive approach to his instrument and his compositions, his music combines his love for funk and jazz with his experimental approach, leaving large room for grooves and flamboyant compositions. While his collaborations and his experience as a pro session musician bring everything to life with hip vibes and rumbling rhythms.

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Matteo's Reviews

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5 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in The Old Post Office
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5 out of 5

You guys were super great! we had an amazing St.Patrick filled with beautiful quality Live Music, our customers loved it as much as we did. Thanks for letting them sing also! We really want you back in Stevenage, very soon! We also want to thank you for your kindness and flexibility.

Ed A
5 years ago, for a Wedding in London SE15 3SN
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5 out of 5

AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING… IMPERIAL GROOVES ARE THE BEST!!! They really made our wedding evening, they got the whole room dancing and were just so much fun, we thoroughly enjoyed them and would highly recommend!

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Matteo's Song list

This is just a quick summary, my current repertoire expands up to 400 known songs.
Ain’t nobody - Chaka Khan
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
American Boy - Estelle
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Everybody Dance – Chic
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Thinking Of You – Sister Sledge
Locked Out Of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Kiss - Prince
You’ve Got The Love - All Versions
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
We Are Family - Sledge Sisters
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Valerie –Amy Winehouse
Happy – Pharrell
Rock With You – Michael Jackson
Another Star - Stevie Wonder
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Forget You – CeeLo Green
Blame It On The Boogie - The Jackson 5
Master Blaster - Stevie Wonder
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
I Wish – Stevie Wonder
I Got You - (I FEEL GOOD) James Brown
Good Times - Chic
Le Freak - Chic
Somebody Else’s Guy - Jocelyn Brown
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Beggin' - Madcon
Waiting All Night - Rudimental
Finally - Ce Ce Peniston
Street Life – Randy Crawford
Golden – Jill Scott
Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
What’s Going On - Marvin Gaye
Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
I'm Every Woman – Whitney Houston
Rather Be – Jess Glynne
A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
A thousand years - Christina Perri
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
All of me - John legend
At Last - Etta James
Back to Black - Amy winehouse
Black Velvet - Alannah Myles
Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross
Diamonds - Rihanna
Empire State Of Mind - Alicia Keys
Englishman in NY - Sting
Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke version
Hello - Adele
Hey Jude - Beatles
I don’t wanna miss a thing - Aerosmith
If ain’t got you - Alicia keys
Isn’t she lovely - Stevie wonder
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers
Just the way you are - Bruno mars
Killing me softly - Fugees
Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Make you feel my love - Adele
Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson
Moondance - Van Morrison
My Girl - Temptations
Natural woman - Aretha Franklin
One - U2
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae
Shallow - Lady Gaga
Sing It Back - Moloko
Sitting on the dock of the bay - Otis Redding
Smooth operator - Sade
Someone like you - Adele
Stand by me - Ben E King
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Sunny - Boney M.
Sweet love - Anita Baker
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Three little birds - Bob Marley
You Gotta Be - Des'ree
You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse
You might need somebody - Randy Crawford

Matteo's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£60
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£480


Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, I can provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 1 to 1.30 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My energy on stage... They always says that my moves are infectious!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Worldwide Festivals, Womad, Ealing Jazz festival (opening for Roy Ayers), UK summer festivals, Ronnie Scott's, The Hideaway, Jazz @ Pizza Express, Passing Clouds, The Hootananny, Royal Albert Hall. The list goes on & on & on & on.....

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Prince, Jamiroquai, Stevie Wonder, Gil Scott Heron, Curtis Mayfield, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, SouLive.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Opened for Roy Ayers and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas in Spain. I also have perfomed my own original material on a festival stage in France, the audience for that gig was five thousands people.
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Recording session, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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