Photo: LK, 2018
MATEJ KRAJNC (MATT KAYE) – Born in 1975 in Maribor, Slovenia (EU). He holds a master’s degree in comparative literature. He published his first book in 1988 and started combining poetry and music into a singer-songwriter routine in 1992. Between 1998 and 2019 he recorded approx. 180 albums for various labels, participated in nearly every important literary-music festival, worked for national radio and other media as a musical connoisseur, and wrote/translated over 90 books as a member of Slovenia’s National Writers’ Association and National Literary Translators Association. He is also a member of Slovenian PEN and MIRA organizations. He has written several monographs, including a book on the works of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Slovenian singer Oto Pestner. He has translated poems and wrote professional articles on Alexander Pope, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Kris Kristofferson and many others. He writes musical/literary reviews and articles for many important newspapers and reviews in Slovenia, incl. Delo (Književni listi), Odzven, Nova muska, Glasna, and Literatura. He writes in English as Matt Kaye. He records in English as Matej Krajnc, Matt Kaye and Blind Boy Spectacles (gospel and blues standards). He is known to play a Rickenbacker 620 Maple Glo guitar, a Martin USA 12-string acoustic and several Fender and Gibson electric and acoustic guitars.
Some notable guitars M. K. has played over the years:
Rickenbacker 620 (from the Tattershall Castle gig, London, Feb. 2018)
Fender Telecaster (American Standard, Professional and Elite)
Fender Stratocaster (American Standard, Deluxe and Elite, among them an Elite HSS version)
Gibson Les Paul (several versions, preferrable a Goldtop Deluxe 2015)
Martin, Gibson, Fender and Taylor acoustics (shown here with a Martin USA 12-string)