Matt Serletic co-founded Zya to democratize music creation and expression through interactive games and apps. Since the company’s inception, the Zya team has focused on creating visual music-making experiences users can’t get anywhere else. The company has built the world's first streaming engine that empowers anyone to make and share high quality, personalized music from connected devices.
Drawing upon his background as an award-winning producer, songwriter, record label owner and entrepreneur, Matt is responsible for the company's overall vision and strategy as well as day-to-day operations. The company won a 2014 Stratus Award for Cloud Startup of the Year, its first game is a 2014 Appy Award finalist and Zya is currently featured in a global IBM technology campaign.
Over the course of his career, Matt has written and produced recordings that have earned multiple GRAMMY, ASCAP, BMI, Billboard, ACM, AMA and CMA awards and sold in excess of 110 million albums. He produced the most successful Billboard chart single in the rock era: Carlos Santana's "Smooth," which has sold over 25 million units.
In 1996, Matt founded music company Emblem, which has sold more than 50 million albums with artists Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty and Gloriana. He has also served as Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records America, where he worked with both emerging and legendary artists including Gorillaz, 30 Seconds To Mars, The Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz and Janet Jackson.
A native of Stone Mountain, GA, Matt dedicated his life to music, working as a musician, band member and session player in his teens. At 13, he joined the band Collective Soul as a keyboard player and launched his career by producing their debut album. Matt earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Performance at the University of Miami School of Music, graduating with Honors and earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Matt currently serves on the board of directors for Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA. He resides in the hills of Malibu with his wife and two children.