Hometown: Chicago, IL
Matt Hoffer: Who said hockey players can't rock? Or better yet, who said hockey players/ex real estate brokers can't rock? Not us. And in the case of Matt Hoffer, most definitely not us. A smart, amiable, indie rocker, Matt is finally seeing his dream come true as a full time musician.
Born in Denver, raised in upstate New York, and living his teenage years in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Illinois, 29-year-old Matt started playing guitar at age 13, becoming an expert in speed metal and one of the best guitarists in town. He was also, as noted before, quite good at ice hockey, which led him to play for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini Hockey Club for two years. Ever the enterprising fellow, while hitting his slap shots, he played gigs and graduated with a degree in Finance.
But while working as a real estate broker, he also honed his chops as frontman for his band Holding Mercury. Since then he's released a solo EP, opened for major acts, appeared on music compilations and more.
Counting Metallica, The Police, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Rufus Wainwright among his influences, Matt further proves his unique talents, and that, yes, hockey players/ex-real estate brokers can rock. They can rock hard.