The Specimen is the brainchild of songwriter/singer/and multi-instrumentalist Matt Gorny, who spent his childhood in Poland, before being transplanted to his new home town of New York.
He has worked with Grammy Award winning producers GoodandEvil as well as Whatever Whatever; the new darlings of DFA Records. He has collaborated as songwriter and vocalist with the French band Risqué, who released the recordings on Some Bizarre in the UK. He also worked with Ultra Naté and Jill Jones for as yet unreleased projects.
The Specimen has won multiple songwriting awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Competition and Billboard World Song Contest and the group has performed the winning track at the Billboard Song Awards Show. Mark Furnas of Billboard says: “Gorny exudes star power to match any major act.”
The video for Do U Damage has been screened at the SXSW Film Festival and has won the top prize in the New Music Video Awards. Songs have been featured in two films at the Tribeca Film Festival, and in a reality TV show on the Bravo Channel. A remix done with GoodandEvil won 1st place in a competition and released on SLSK Records. Songs have charted on college radio stations all over the country in the summer of 2008.
Currently Matt is working on a full length album. Hoping to combine several different producers’ techniques as well as his own indelible style into a cohesive package. You can look forward to a Summer 2010 EP with videos and more extras to come.