Matthias studied American Studies, Business Administration, Communications, History and Sociology at the University of Mannheim and the University of Heidelberg. He taught at the University of Mannheim, the SRH Hochschule Heidelberg & Popakademie Baden-Württemberg. Matthias Rauch has worked as a freelance journalist for print and online publications for over 15 years. He was head of the Clustermanagement Musikwirtschaft. Since January 2017, he has been cultural innovation officer and head of the cultural urban development department of the city of Mannheim.