Paul Matthis is an award-winning composer of electronic, chamber, film, and popular music. Among his awards are "Best Score" in Christopher Coppola's PAH Fest and Director's Choice at Santa Cruz Fringe. He has scored two films that have gone on to win Grand Prize in their respective competitions, and his music for contemporary dance has been featured in over 30 festivals around the world, including such venues as the Lincoln Center, the Jacob Burns Film Center, the Getty Museum, the Alex Theater, REDCAT, and Sundance.
He has performed in, stage managed and music directed works funded by a CEC ArtsLink grant, the Castaic Days Civic Association, the REDCAT Association and The Industry Opera LA. His YouTube channel features original and cover songs sung, looped, and beatboxed, often in a single take, and has garnered 40,000 views as of September 2015.
His essays and music reviews have been featured on such sites as eHow and the Louisville Music News, and have appeared on the front page of reddit more than once. He has written and co-produced a feature-length musical, Lunatic Sun, first performed at the Coffehouse Theater in Santa Clarita, CA in December 2012, after which world either didn't end, or decided to take its sweet time going about it.
Finally, he is the frontman of the band Madapple, a hard folk act playing original songs and blues covers, drawing inspiration from performers such as Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder, and Jimi Hendrix.