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Nice Guys Don't Finish Last, Nice Guys Finish Happy: Matt Mahaffey at TEDxNashville

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Published on May 5, 2013

"The music business is a business before the music. However, positive relationships are the key to my personal successes & survival within it. Art is a service industry just like any other job. The respect given to positive relationships is starting to allow me to exclude "a job for jobs sake", and focus on creating better art and a better life."

Given the quirky nature of his original music, one would not suspect that Matt grew up in East Tennessee, playing bluegrass at Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park, at age 11. Matt has performed with and produced many artists. Some well-known artists he has worked with are Pink, Beck, Liz Phair, Tenacious D, Phantom Planet, Beyonce, Butch Walker, The Sounds, Mandy Moore, Mika, and Smashmouth. Also, new artists such as Lupe Fiasco, The White Tie Affair, Cash Cash, Anarbor, Miranda Cosgrove, and many more. He played guitar, drums, and keys on tour with Beck throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan in 2005 and 2006, and he contributed to the "Odelay" deluxe edition. Matt's music has also been featured on numerous television shows, including CSI Miami, Dance Life, Entourage, MTV, E! Entertainment, and 60 Minutes. He has released more free online music than any other artist, and has worked with various movie directors, including Ivan Reitman, Michael Mann, Jeffery Katzenburg, Andrew Adamson, Hans Zimmer (for film score)and more. Notably, Matt wrote the only original song for "Shrek" and also recorded the cast and produced the music for surprise endings of all of the DVDs. Matt's current projects include Keith Urban, HelloGoodbye, I Fight Dragons, Ni Hao, Kai Lan, Nickelodeon, Disney, and the long-awaited "SELF" record.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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