Born and raised in New York City, Matt Hartnett worked stints at ASCAP and several record labels before relocating to Los Angeles in 2002. Once there he joined the marketing departments at DKG Music (2004) and Shout! Factory (2005). After witnessing the steady decline of the music industry as a whole, he decided to forge his own path and founded and operated LA hardcore/metal record label NO JOKE RECORDS from 2005-2009 which saw the releases of acclaimed NYHC outfit CAUGHT IN A TRAP as well as LA hardcore kingpins COUNTIME and more.
Currently, Hartnett is the co-host and producer of the SHOCKWAVES SKULLSESSIONS PODCAST (ShockwavesSkullsessions.com). He is also the program director and founder of SHOCKWAVES RADIO (ShockwavesRadio.com).