Im folgenden Interview tauchen wir in die musikalische Welt von Matt Simons ein, einem Künstler, dessen vielfältige Einflüsse aus Pop, Soul und Folk eine einzigartige Klanglandschaft schaffen. Matt erzählt von seinem neuesten Song „Easy„, seiner kreativen Entwicklung und den inspirierenden Botschaften hinter seinen tiefgründigen Texten.
Frontstage Magazine: Matt, your music is characterized by a unique blend of pop, soul, and folk. How has this diversity influenced your latest song?
Matt: Diversity of influences has always been really important to me. My new single ‚Easy‚ is a little bit pop, a little bit blues and a little bit gospel. I try to make music that I’d like to listen to myself and I also love when an artist can successfully blend different styles.
Frontstage Magazine: „Catch & Release“ and „We Can Do Better“ were big successes. Can you tell us about the creative process behind your new song and how it differs from your previous work?
Matt: It’s funny, Catch & Release started out as a quiet, reflective acoustic tune that morphed into a tropical house dance song. It’s such a strange recipe for a hit song that I don’t know if it’s possible to replicate that process. In both the Catch & Release remix and We Can Do Better I was trying to follow trends. It worked out but it’s not the most creatively fulfilling way to make music. the For ‚Easy‘ and for most of this new album I decided I wanted to make what I like and trust that my listeners will like it too.
Frontstage Magazine: The lyrics of your songs are often deep and emotional. What inspired the lyrics of your latest song?
Matt: The lyrics of Easy were inspired by the idea that when a relationship is good, it’s easy. There’s this idea that love is something you have to fight for. Like, if you don’t break up multiple times and fight a lot, a relationship isn’t worth it. It makes for good movie and TV storylines but in reality that just isn’t how it works. When love is good and built to last, it’s easy.
Frontstage Magazine: You’ve built an impressive fan base around the world. How do you think your fans will react to this new song, and what message would you like to convey with it?
Matt: I hope for my first single back, it’s an easy song for my fans to like. I want it to be fun and to catch people right off the bat. I’ve got deeper tunes on the horizon that might take a couple of listens for people to like so it’s good to start off with an easy one, no pun intended.
Frontstage Magazine: Can you give us insight into your musical journey and artistic development that took you from the streets of Amsterdam to international stages? How has this journey influenced your music, including this new song?
Matt: It’s been a journey of trying to sound more like myself. When I first started out, I feel like I was trying to imitate something that was already popular. With every album I feel like I get a little bit closer to sounding like me. I feel like this new album and single are as close as I’ve been so far.
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