Sage and Sour * Bearface * Underhouse Dogs
Sage N Sour is the creation of multi-instrumental maestro Matt Peters.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Peters grew up under a musical roof: his father, Steve Peters, played upright bass with the Kansas City Symphony for over two decades. The piano in his house inspired Peters to practice from a young age, and the music his older brothers blasted from their rooms -- classic and early '90s rock, jazz and hip-hop -- is recognizable in Peters' later work.
Guitar is Peters' primary instrument, but not his only medium: he plays piano, bass guitar, and is fluent in turntable mixing and scratching. "I try to learn any instrument I can get my hands on," Peters says. "The only reason I don't play more is simply because I don't have them."
Peters has played in bands since he was 14. Anti-Crew, his most recent collaboration prior to Sage N Sour, received critical praise in both his hometown and in Chicago, where Peters studied at Columbia College and Harold Washington College.
With Sage N Sour, "I've totally changed the way I write songs," Peters says. Having worked as a producer making beats for other artists for years, he's veered off onto his own path, abandoning the usual practice of "sampling" pieces from other songs. In doing so, Peters found his voice, literally: he added his vocals to each track after recording all the underlying elements in individual layers, from percussion-sequencing to guitar licks to piano. "In my head, it sounds like The Gorillaz meets Muse meets Timbaland,' Peters says.
Sage N Sour is Peters' first project since moving back to Kansas City, and marks his emergence as a solo artist. His upcoming, as-of-yet-untitled album will be released on KG-Records.