Matt Pinfield is rock historian and lifelong music enthusiast who has been in rock radio and television for almost four decades. He has done thousands of artist interviews from Paul McCartney to Ozzy Osbourne, written a book ('All These Things That I've Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life'), spoken in over 100 music documentaries and seen thousands of shows since he was a teenager in the 1970s. MTV hired him to host their long-running late-night alternative music show '120-Minutes' in 1995, and he went on to host a number of other shows on MTV, MTV2 and VH1. He served as vice president of A&R and artist development for Columbia Records from 2001 to 2006, signing and overseeing the making of albums by numerous acts including Coheed and Cambria and Crossfade. Recently, Pinfield was honored with the first International Rock Icon of the Year Award at the Global Rock Summit 2022 event, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles and also received a proclamation signed by the mayor of L.A. for his contributions to 'Music and the Arts.'
Let’s Talk About the Backing Tracks / Laptop Debate – Is It Really That Big of a Deal?
Can 'real' rock bands use laptops or backing tracks to enhance their live performances?