Origins: Leeds/Manchester, UK
River Roots create a vibrant mixture of roots and alternative acoustic, with hints of folk and reggae beats, bringing diverse sounds and an uplifting vibe. Conscious, mind opening music delivered from the heart. Bringing surprisingly danceable sounds from just an acoustic guitar. Lyrically each song has a spiritual meaning or a positive message to enlighten people through their daily lives.
Matt Montez originally from Leeds UK, started his music career whilst travelling Australia. Inspired by the beautiful surroundings and good vibes, his flow of creative writing was ignited. The music is majorly influenced by a nomadic lifestyle and connectedness with nature.
In 2015, the music naturally became a co-creation as vocalist Gem blended into the mix, evolving the music into River Roots. Fusion of their soulful harmonies and positive energy illuminates the stage, as they share their musical journey together. And so River Roots was born.
UK: Boomtown Fair, Beat-Herder, The Green Gathering, Boardmasters, Buddhafield, Small World Festival, Something to Smile About, Little Big Gig Festival, Stone Henge Solstice Festival, Seed Festival, Spirit Festival, Salford Music Festival, Blackpool Music Festival and regular tours across the UK.
New Zealand: Aum Seuss Festival, Wanderlust Festival, Luminate Festival, Resonance Karamea Festival, International Yoga Festival, Organic Mechanic Festival
Europe: Performing at various venues across the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Festivals include; Landjuweel Festival (Amsterdam) and Jam Festival (Giessen).
Australia: New Paradigm Festival (Byron Bay), Nimbin Roots Festival, March against Monsanto (Bellingen), Spring Eve Festival (Nimbin), Rock The Gate (Byron Bay Supporting Nahko & Medicine for the People), Byron Bay Easter Spring Break Markets, Multiple tours across the East Coast.
Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Portugal and Vietnam: Performed at various venues. Festivals include; Quest (Vietnam) and 420 Festival (Cambodia) performing as one of the headlining acts.
BBCIntroducing – David White
“What voices River Roots have! ‘Destruction’s simple and frankly stunning. Nice job”
“We’ve had River Roots play twice now at our festival and they have been nothing short of wonderful. Inspired lyrics with a really joyful vibe – they get the crowd going and are often named as a favourite act from our punters.”
Jump Ship Promotions – Niamh Mcgowan
“If ever there was an ep that was the perfect soundtrack to relaxing on a beach somewhere, this is it. With a soulful voice and a simple guitar sound ‘sight from inside’, the latest ep from Singer/songwriter Matt Montez, is the smoothest and lightest sound from an acoustic artist I have heard for a while.”
The ‘En Route’ EP (2013) speaks of the realisation of a new direction. Living within nature, absorbing the tranquil surroundings, observing the beauty to ignite inspiration for music.
The ‘Sight From Inside’ EP (2014) explores the feelings of travelling, with a funkier, upbeat and bluesy side. ‘Don’t Need Sleep’ is the stand out piece which is a percussive/slap guitar style with a real bluesy feel to it.
Taking bookings for 2018 contact here.