Nominate [ARTIST] for a chance to meet him backstage at the Panelphonic Records 1 year celebration in Downtown Los Angeles June 19.

“All things are aggregations of atoms that dance & by their movement produce sound. When the rhythm of the dance changes, the sound it produces also changes… Each atom perpetually sings its song, and the sound at every moment creates dense subtle forms.”



ARTIST #1 is the moniker of Portland-based producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Matt Bower.

Born in Santiago, Chile and raised in the small mountain city of Flagstaff, Arizona, ARTIST #1 amassed an eclectic mix of art from the world around him, instilling a sense of wanderlust at a young age. By 17, he began touring as a drummer playing at a variety of venues across Arizona from local bars and clubs to casinos and popular lounges. It wasn’t long before his desire and self-motivation lead him to songwriting and learning guitar.

It was during a move from Los Angeles to Portland that ARTIST found himself drawn to the world of electronic music for the first time. Artists like Jai Paul, Neon Indian, Toro Y Moi, Caribou, Washed Out, and Grimes became early influences on his approach to production, fueling his propensity to create tracks with retro-soaked synths, ethereal pop vocals, warm guitar lines, and analog driven beats. 

His first EP as ARTIST, EP #3 (2016), was conceptualized on a beach in Africa and realized in his chilly garage studio through unrelenting DIY love, trial and error, and many sleepless nights, and garnered him a placement with MTV and the nod of approval from the indie music community.

Darius Fong