Mostly Matt Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I have been singing from an early age but it was when I started listening to Punk Rock and started playing guitar at the age of 12 that I knew that its what I wanted to do.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
I have a very eclectic taste in music, everything from Thrash Metal to Bubblegum Pop but if I had to pin down specific inspirations for this project they would be the Italobrothers, AronChupa, Toy-box, K3, Basshunter, September, Dollystyle, Ava Max, Aqua, Stromae, Inna, TWICE and Ace Of Base to name a few. The reason being they all produce upbeat, fun, happy music with a positive vibe/message which gives you an escape from the troubles of everyday life. Something that I'm trying to do with my music for people. Positivity spreads.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I can speak Dutch and a little bit of Greek (go easy on me im still learning)
I have a huge passion for Flags of the world and Maps. Sad I know 🤣
I once met Ross kemp at an NFL game and met Westlife in a service station.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
Tomorrow Will Be Mine - it is literally about my life and previous days that I've had in my life. It may seem bad today but tomorrow can also get better.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
I did a full tour (with my band Dead Frequency) in 2014 supporting one of my favourite bands [spunge] so probably that whole thing. On the road with my mates, touring the UK playing to big audiences every night for two weeks, getting to watch one of your favourite bands side of stage and even playing on stage with them. That was pretty surreal.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
I'd like to have played CBGBs in New York before it closed, also the London Astoria. With this project though I think Tomorrowland would be the holy grail of shows due to sheer size, stage set up and the amount of people from all over the world in one place together to have a good time.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
The tour I mentioned previously and the release of my first self produced song Kalimera.
In the future I'd like to aim for some form of chart position somewhere in the world and to sell out a reasonably sized venue.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
Unfortunately backstage has always been a bit normal and boring for me but getting a lift back to our tour van from the owner of a pizza parlour after a show at 2am was quite funny.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
The freedom to write what you want. The creative outlet and its my way of getting my feelings out. There's also music for every emotion which you can't get with anything else.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
Unfortunately music isn't my full time job but given time I hope to make a full time career in the future with some hard work and determination.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
I have been to 100s possibly thousands of gigs but to pick out a few they would be.
Sum 41 - Plymouth 2003 (my first gig)
Bruce Springsteen - Manchester 2017
Kiss & Motley Crue at Download Festival 2015
Green Day - Amsterdam 2017
Any time I've seen Less Than Jake or New Found Glory.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
It would be split into three days with three set genres so I'd have the best of everything in one weekend. It would also keep things fresh and different every day.
Day one - Punk rock, Pop Punk, Ska - bands like Nofx, Less Than Jake, Simple Plan, New Found Glory, Pennywise, Blink 182, Green Day, Rancid, Reel Big Fish, Lagwagon, Goldfinger, Sum 41
Day two - Glam metal and classic rock - Bands like Kiss, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Poison, Skid Row, Ozzy, AC/DC, Survivor, Cheap Trick, Ratt, Toto
Day Three - Bubblegum, Europop & EDM - Italobrothers, Toy-box, Aqua, K3, Dollystyle, Cascada, Scooter, Dylan Brady, Ava Max, AronChupa, Abba, A*Teens, TWICE, Inna, September, Basshunter, Dr. Bombay, Effiel 65, Vengaboys, Aly & AJ, Djumbo, Ch!pz, Shania Twain.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Simply, don't give up no matter how many times you fail.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Animals make me happy especially cats and dogs, watching American football.
People who litter, Noisy eaters and queue jumpers annoy me.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
I like Running, Cycling, walking, Watching sport especially American football (go Steelers) and Travelling and exploring other countries/cultures.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
Yes and no. They are great in the sense that its now easier than ever for anyone in the world to find your music and become a fan but it also means the market is saturated with millions of artists doing the same thing and fighting for attention which makes organic growth very difficult and time consuming.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
I think it matters to the industry itself for marketing purposes but honestly I think people can see past aesthetics nowadays and would rather see a more authentic product which is a bit rough around the edges which is cool. Your own image is your image I say. Be who you want to be.
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
I don't have many but I've got one on my arms which was the logo of a band I was in for a while. I have a Less Than Jake tattoo as they are one of my favourite bands. I have a Paul Stanley from Kiss Eye makeup star on my arm and a pawprint on my leg in honour of my dog Taz (rip)
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I'd just give everyone the day off to spend with friends and family. Kind of like a Christmas pt.2. Sometimes we need to stop and take time to focus on what actually matters in life.
What would your ideal day consist of?
Morning run to clear my head
Lots of good food with family
Making some music
Watching some sport
Taking my dog for a walk
Or a day in Disneyland 🤣
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
I actually become very productive during lockdown and my time off of work. I started this project, taught myself how to produce music and lost weight so really not bad fortunately.
I did a couple of cover gigs from my front garden to give the neighbours something to do and it really helped bring the community together.
I understand some people have struggled greatly with it and all I can is I hope it gets better for you and that we can get through this. Don't give up.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Thank you for supporting me. Some days just seeing a nice comment from someone saying that I've made their day actually makes mine a while lot better. Knowing its cheered just one person up is enough for me to continue to do this.
How would you answer the question ..... Who is Mostly Matt and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music?
Mostly Matt is a happy, fun and positive pop singer songwriter who just wants to make you smile.
The real me is a bit of an introvert who is happy with his own company and unfortunately doesn't always follow the advice he gives. Some days I'm a fun upbeat guy but other times I'm better off being left on my own.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
East 17 - Hey child. Why? Because it's a banger that's why 🤣
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Stay focused, dont give up even after failed attempts, it takes time, work hard, be who you are not what others tell you to be, stay true to yourself, your opinion is the one that really matters. Be humble and don't ignore your fanbase they are the key.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
I'd like to collab with Basshunter and release a summer anthem. He seems like a fun dude.
Writing a song with Bruce Springsteen or Shania Twain would also be a dream come true.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
Lay all your love on me by Abba. My favourite song of all time and the perfect pop song.
What things make you uncomfortable?
Rudeness, sitting next to strangers especially on public transport and confined spaces.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
Hopes and dreams, up and downs and two different sub plots from the person I want to be and the person that wants me to give up.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
I have two more song releases planned for September and one for a Christmas song in December which I'm pretty excited about. Hopefully some acoustic videos and to keep growing my fanbase.