If anyone’s having a hell of a year at the moment it’s London singer-songwriter Matt Wills. With his track ‘Emily’ he shook listeners to the core with the pure emotion in the stunning song. So we thought it’d be great to have a chat about the story behind ‘Emily’, his headline show at Omera London, and his plans for the rest of the year.
We recently shared your track ‘Emily’ on our site and we fell in love. What’s the story behind the song?
Ha, straight away with that one err. I wrote Emily in the same weekend as I wrote my song ‘Secrets’ and they’re both about the same situation. I dated this girl for years and she ended up leaving me for my best friend which was messed up and I wrote a really bitter song about it in ‘Secrets’. So me and Maverick Sabre got together and decided to write a song in the light of how I may have caused her to leave me but it really ended up being another bitter track haha
The artwork for ‘Emily’ is visually stunning. Can you tell us more about it?
The artwork for ‘Emily’ is one of my favourites. All my early artwork has been drawn and black and white and I finally wanted to bring it all a bit more to life. The girl in the picture is actually a good friend mine called Sarah Lovegrove. I wanted Emily to be real. The whole theme of the artwork for all my new music is that every song will have a real person connected to them. I can’t wait for you to see the next one!
Is there potentially an album on the way?
Yes, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.
What can your fans expect at your headline show in May at Omeara London?
My headlines are always a bit different. We normally have a giant Eurasian owl or some sort of outside entertainment and polaroids hanging from the ceilings so fans can take photos and then next show I put them around the venue as a collection. But apart from that a drunk guy singing love songs about his ex.
Which song are you most looking forward to playing live?
My next single ‘Wallflower’.
Do you have any dream acts you’d want to collaborate with?
If I could be in a room writing with Hall and Oates or Tears for Fears that would be the dream. I’m a huge 80s fan and there are a few homage tracks to those guy coming out on the album.
If you could pick any festival to headline, which would it be and why?
I don’t know I’ve never actually been to festivals that i haven’t played but for me the weirder the better. Obviously I’d love to play Coachella, but if could do anything I’d throw my own festival and make it fucking dope.
Are there any tracks/artists you’re really into right now?
NICK HAKIM. You should check him out. He has beautiful lyrics and his style is this soulful jazz. The rhythms in it are crazy.
Have you got anything else coming up this year?
Just playing shows, my singles, my album. Parties. And being 23.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Pineapple doesn’t go on pizza.