Born and raised in the western suburbs, Shukin has been performing since a young age at various venues around the Chicago-land area. Influenced as a kid by the sounds of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Little Richard, and Jimi Hendrix, Shukin started to develop an ear for music. He played in metal bands & recorded avant-garde art rock in high school, and proceeded to front the spook rock band Pleasure Horse after graduating. After expanding by playing many different genres, including hard rock, thrash metal, punk, blues, jazz and soul, he found his own unique sound. With a versatile array of cover songs, anywhere from old school blues and classic rock, to contemporary pop hits and country, he plays bars, restaurants, breweries and parties, providing not only quality music, but a good time. Shukin is currently fronting his own trio, the Matt Shukin Band, and working on recording an album of original solo work, as well as playing guitar and recording with local garage soul group Black Bolts.
1st Place - Shanahan's Food & Spirits Songwriters Competition 2017
1st Place (The Roaches) - HomeGrown Arts & Music Fest Battle Of The Bands 2018
2nd Place (Shuk 'N' Rudy) - Mullen's Bar & Grill Open Mic Contest 2018
1st Place (Black Bolts) - Tivoli Theatre Battle Of The Bands 2019