Matthieu Hartley was born in Smallfield,
England on February 4,
He was married in 1983.
INVOLVEMENT IN THE CURE
Matthieu was the first keyboardist for The Cure and served on their second album, Seventeen Seconds as well as serving as one of the keyboards players for the Cult Hero
project. After a lengthy world tour to support that album, he quit from the band due to a difference in opinions with the
other three members of the band at the time. Since leaving The Cure, he has played with different local bands, including Fools Dance in their early stages, and worked at a zoo and as a laborer. He still
keeps in touch with Robert Smith, and lives close by.
Throughout most of the band's history, Matthieu was the only member - whose sole purpose was playing
the keyboard - actually credited for single-handedly playing all keyboard tracks on a Cure album. Since his departure, almost
every other album has either had Robert Smith on keyboard (in addition
to some other instruments) or at least three members credited for playing the keyboard. The only other keyboardist credited
for single-handedly playing all keyboard tracks was Roger O'Donnell on Wild Mood Swings and the band's self-titled album.