Soft Power’s ‘Go Slow’ is out now!



Arising from Melbourne’s sunny and leafy North-east, Matthew Roche is a guitarist/composer who is equally comfortable traversing the musical traditions of yesteryear while searching for new musical worlds that strike a balance between complexity and simplicity..

Drawn to guitar at age 15, he completed a Bachelor of Music at NMIT Fairfield in 2013, studying under the mentorship of Stephen Magnusson, Tom Fryer and Doug De Vries. The same year he was accepted into the Melbourne Youth Jazz Orchestra and joined them for a month long residency at The Famous Speigeltent. In 2014 he did Honours at Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music where he graduated with First Class Honours. With Monash University the same year, he played at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, the Stonnington Jazz Festival and travelled to New York to attend the NYU Summer Jazz Improv Workshop.

Now a full-time musician, composer and teacher, Matthew has performed with Reuben Rogers & Eric Harland, Vince Jones, Julie O’Hara, The Moreland City Band’s Phoenix Project (directed by Scott Tinkler) and was accepted into the 2016 Australian Art Orchestra Creative Music Intensive with masterclasses led by Bae Il Dong and Daniel & David Wilfred from Arnhem Land.

Besides being in demand as a freelance jazz guitarist, Matthew currently leads his own musical project Soft Power and recorded his debut album ‘A Breath Is Like a Swinging Door’ at Pughouse Studios with engineer Niko Schauble. In 2016 he performed with Italo-pop/rock band Biscotti at Paradise Music Festival and consequently joined them recently on their two-month long tour of Australia in support of their critically acclaimed debut album – ‘Like Heaven In The Movies’.

Soft Power

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Undoubtedly jazz-tinged but also (more importantly) – vulnerable, genderless, dorky & kitsch, unshowy and meditative – Soft Power is a musical project by composer Matthew Roche that can easily recall the wistful longing of pop music as it can easily traverse jazz chord changes. Inspired by a quarter-life crisis following a meditation retreat in 2014, Roche brings together a three piece band to present ‘A Breath Is Like a Swinging Door’. Recorded at Pughouse Studios by Niko Schauble, his debut album features slow-moving jazz harmony with fluid rock orientated grooves and wordless melodies that recall a pop vernacular of childlike innocence.

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Upcoming shows

Monday, 24th April
Shayan @ Open Studio

Thursday, 27th April
Shayan @ Uptown Jazz Cafe

Friday, 28th April
Biscotti @ The Curtin Hotel

Thursday, 4th May
Shayan @ Bar Oussou

Saturday, 20th May
Soft Power @ Open Studio

Saturday, 27th May
Lilly Tunley @ Paris Cat Jazz Club

Saturday, 3rd June
Soft Power @ Compass Pizza

Monday, 12th June
Soft Power @ Bar 303

Saturday, 15th July
Soft Power @ Farouk’s Olive

Thursday, 20th July
Soft Power @ Wesley Anne

Thursday, 20th July
Lilly Tunley Band @ Wesley Anne


Saturday, 15th May
JC Little Big Band @ Paris Cat Jazz Club

Thursday, 30th March
Soft Power @ Uptown Jazz Cafe (presented by MIC)

Sunday, 19th March
Soft Power @ Lebowskis, Cross St Brunswick

Friday, 17th March
Lilly Tunley Sextet @ Paris Cat Jazz Club, CBD

Thursday, 2nd March
Shayan @ Farouk’s Olive, Thornbury

Tuesday, 21st February
Soft Power @ The Toff In Town, CBD

Sunday, 19th February
Shayan @ Lebowskis, Cross St Brunswick

Monday, 6th February
Shayan @ Open Studio, Northcote

Friday, 3rd February
Soft Power ‘A Breath Is Like a Swinging Door’ Album Launch @ Wesley Anne, Northcote

Thursday, 2nd February
Lilly Tunley @ The Toff In Town, CBD




Matthew is currently teaching from his studio located in Alphington. As a passionate teacher Matthew believes strongly in the power of music to enhance students well-being and mental health. He is commited to delivering accessible, practical and engaging guitar lessons to students of all ages and experience.

His teaching philosophy is based on the understanding that music is not just an otherworldly talent that ‘you either have or you don’t’ but something that can be crafted from the ground up.

Matthew is dedicated to giving his students not just a strong understanding of music fundamentals such as chord/scale theory relationships, rhythm/time feel, sound production but also how playing music can greatly relieve tension/anxiety and enhance your own self-awareness.

Due to the physical nature of guitar, Matthew doesn’t have a strict ‘by rote’ approach to navigating the guitar fretboard and is instead more interested in getting students beyond the point of imitating others – the goal is to get them to sound more like themselves.

After an introductory tutorial of $35 per half hour, $60 an hour – lessons are invoiced in blocks of 5 or 10.

See the contact page below to book your first lesson today!


For lesson enquiries please use the contact details below.

MOBILE 0435 265 756