Matthew Watkins met illustrator Matt Tweed one midsummer morning in the early 1990's atop Silbury Hill, an enormous and mysterious 4700-year old human-built mound in Wiltshire. Matt was part of a crew of what appeared to be interdimensional space-and-time-travelling minstrels...this turned out to be the roving psychedelic acoustic band known as the Spacegoats (in which Matt then played bouzouki and percussion), plus their extraordinary entourage on brightly coloured travellers, eco-protestors and hedgerow mystics...  

Matt had been quietly illustrating for years, creating a whole pantheon of bizarre cartoon creatures ("the Möbius Slug", "Vegan Space Cat", etc.) in his spare time. Matthew, having become much enchanted by the Spacegoats' music, had always been impressed by Matt's artwork and calligraphy which appeared on their cassette inlay cards (this was before bands could affordably make their own CDs). In 1999, the two of them joined forces to create a little reference book packed full of maths- and physics-related formulas, part of the popular "Wooden Books" series. Matt went on to illustrate a number of other books in this series, as well as writing and illustrating three: Essential Elements (chemistry), Compact Cosmos (astronomy) and Ozmon and the Golden Carrot (a ridiculous yet profound children's story).

During the later Spacegoats years, Matt learned sound engineering and production skills from the legendary Dave Goodman and has since produced dozens of albums for a diversity of artists, from a network of 'eco-bardic'/protest/folk/DIY-culture/festival-oriented/acoustic/psychedelic/pastoral/pagan musicians, mostly based in the south of England (but with connections extending worldwide). In recent years, he's been running the (semi-mobile) Pondlife Studios operation in and around Glastonbury.

Since the Spacegoats disbanded, Matt has played bass, bouzouki and/or sitar with a number of groups, including Transglobal Underground, Kamel Nitrate and UK festival favourites Dragonsfly. Currently he's bass player and producer for acclaimed folk singer Martha Tilston's band.

Impressively, and refreshingly, despite being incredibly creatively active and socially-connected, he never had a MySpace profile, rarely bothers with Facebook and only sporadically gets around to checking his email.