As an instrumentalist, Daniel performed throughout Australia, Sweden and Finland in big bands and other ensembles. Daniel then realized his true musical passion was singing and went on to study voice at the Australian Conservatory of Music in Sydney.
As a jazz vocalist, Daniel started a lounge-styled band, The Martini Orchestra, one that mixed original songs with tunes from the likes of Burt Bacharach and Sinatra. His vocal chops soon caught the attention of some of Australia’s leading jazz musicians, including internationally-acclaimed pianist Dave MacRae and singer Joy Yates, who became something of a mentor. He went on to perform with Yates and MacRae at some high-profile jazz festivals in Australia and New Zealand.
When Daniel migrated to Halifax in 2007, the land Down Under waved goodbye to one of its most promising young jazz vocalists. Daniel now calls Halifax home, performing regularly in clubs and festivals on the East Coast. Word of his charm as a performer quickly spread and as a result he has performed as guest soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel showcases a unique style of jazz through original compositions, standards and rarities. His debut album, I’m Old Fashioned, was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year in the 2010 Music Nova Scotia Awards and the 2011 East Coast Music Awards. Daniel's latest album, Groovin' with The DMQ, was released in Spring 2013, and was also nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year in the 2013 Music Nova Scotia Awards and 2014 East Coast Music Awards.
"Daniel Matto sings in a style that is reminiscent of the fine singers and swingers of an era when talent was the criteria for judging an artists' ability …he sings the songs as they should be sung and the result is magical…." - John Gilbert/California Coast Jazz