Matt Smith has earned his Associate of Arts in Classical Music from Grossmont college, learned under master Fred Benedetti, as well as two scholarships for classical guitar. Taught for 8 years at School of Rock San Diego/Encinitas. Founder of the melodic death metal band Damcyan, Guitarist for San Diego thrash metal band Nihilist, “The Demon” in California KISS tribute band KISSED ALIVE, as well as Lead Vocals and Guitar of Monarch. Heavily influenced by Classical Music, Brutal Death Metal and Classic Heavy Metal. His music has been featured in a Thrasher magazine compilation, the video game title Skate 3, Steve-O of Jackass’s stand up comedy special, as well as podcasts Super Metal World and Epic Metal Adventures. He also appears on Texas speed metal band Helstar’s remake of their song “Baptized in Blood” doing background vocals. He is also proficient at recording and mixing in the modern age.