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Ruler

Locals Only Artist of the Month, January 2018

January 2, 2018
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At 30 years old, Batey is already a seasoned veteran of Seattle’s high-achieving music scene. The Montana native arrived 12 years ago intent on tapping into the city’s longstanding creative legacy and immediately joined a band seeking a singer-songwriter-frontman. Buoyed by genuine instrumental chops but a streak of bad luck, the band toughed it out gig after gig, EP after EP.

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In four years Batey wrote more than 120 songs, songs he says nobody heard. Combined with his talent and ambition, these songs propelled him out of the collective setting and into solo territory. Finally, on his own, he picked a name that felt triumphant and playful; a fist-in-the-air kind of name. Ruler would be all Matt Batey.

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