Hailing from Southern Maryland, guitarist Matthew Mills began playing guitar at the age of fifteen after being blown away by Yngwie Malmsteen’s “Trilogy” album. Taking guitar very seriously, Matthew began practicing as much as 6 to 8 hours a day while listening to Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, Tony MacAlpine, Joe Stump Al Di Meola and George Bellas
Matthew's love of Neoclassical guitar led Matthew to study Baroque classical music and Jazz fusion.
Matthew has Opened for national recording Artist Guitar Virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen Joe Stump George Lynch Michael Angelo Batio and Michael Fath
Matthew Has worked with Relapse Records Sonic Age Records Trust Kill Records
Matthew has been in Guitar World Magazine and Metal Hammer Magazine
In 2008 Matthew was voted as one the 50 fastest guitarist of all time by the july 2008 Guitar World Magazine. Matthew also has been endorsed by Schecter Guitar Research and conducted guitar seminars for the company regionally showing guitarist innovative ways of performing advanced arpeggio sequences.
Matthew Mills guitar students have included Jason Richardson Jason has played and recorded and Toured the world in the bands All Shall Perish Born Of Osiris Chelsea Grin Jason is also endorsed by Music Man Guitars and and has Appeared in Guitar World Magazine.
Jason Richardson (born July 30, 1991) is an American guitarist. He is best known for his work as a guitarist in both Born of Osiris and Chelsea Grin. His playing style is extremely fast and technical. He currently works as both a solo artist and as an official member of All That Remains. He is also a sponsored artist of Ernie Ball Music Man
Matthew has also instructed the Guitarist Daniel Tidwell. Daniel has had millions of Views on YouTube for his playing and released albums world wide.
Matthew has taught the guitarist Scott Hull guitarist for the band Pig Destroyer which is a relapse Records recording artist and has appeared on music television shows and national publications
Matthew has also instructed guitarist Elizabeth Cannon Elizabeth II launched in 2017 and quickly gained respect in DC, performing frequently at many of the city’s most well-known venues, including Black Cat, Hard Rock Café, Pearl Street, Rock and Roll Hotel, Union Stage, and the 9:30 Club.
In 2020, she won The MusicianShip’s 2020 WAMMIE Award for Best Rock Song
Matthew has released seven solo albums including Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Rock Guitar”, Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Rock Guitar Part 2”, Matthew Mills “Neoclassical Spirit", and Matthew Mills “The Neoclassical Journey”. Guest soloists on “Neoclassical Spirit” include Joe Stump and George Bellas. David Shankle (formerly of “Manowar”) also contributed guitar solos to the album and to “The Neoclassical Journey”. The album “Neoclassical Rock Guitar” was the number one top seller on the Neo-Classical Metal section of Guitar Nine Records and the number two best Neo-Classical Matthew Mills also recorded an album with the band “Forgotten Realm” in 2009, (self-titled on Sonic Age Records), distributed through Century Media and The End Records. The “Forgotten Realm” members are vocalist David Fefolt (formerly of “Masi”), with drums done by Rhino of the band “Manowar” and drummer Reynold Carlson (Joey Tafolla, Jag Panzer), and Brian Sanders. Matthew also contributed guitar solos to “Pig destroyers” 2004 album release “Terrifyer”, sold worldwide through Relapse Records and also contributed solos to the band “Adversary” 2008 (Trustkill Records). Mills also contributed a song the compilation album “Shredding Across the World” on Shred Guy Records. Matthew has also released the all Acoustic album Acoustic Visions that features Matthew's Flamenco style and Jazz influence. Matthew released the album Flamenco Fusion Fire that is a mixture of samba bosa nova and Flamenco music in 2013.
Matthew Mills is endorsed by ZT Amplifiers and Axe Handler Products
Matthew Mills has Conducted guitar clinics as an Endorsed Artist for Schecter Guitars at
Puparo Music Altari Frosinone Italy Icarus Music Academy Aquila Italy
Contemporary Music Center Chantilly Virginia, Haymarket VIrginia
Island Music ( Laplata Maryland)
Bills Music ( Castonsville Maryland) Amazing Tone Music ( Raleigh North Carolina)
Alpha Music (Virginia Beach)
Sam Ash Music in Cincinnati Ohio Columbus Ohio and Cleveland Ohio
Matthew often performs in his concerts and Clinics the 24th Caprice from Nicole Paganini to show his passion for classical Violin.