Hey Matt, you’ve been throwing out the bangers recently in ‘Virtue’ and ‘Wallflower’ how have you found the reaction to them?
It’s been a vibe at the moment. Having the freedom to finally let go of some of my favourite album tracks. I’ve been chatting about making this album for a long time so I wanted to show my love to the people that have supported me all this time and share it with them. It seems to have got people excited for the album sound and people are liking it so that’s the best I could hope for.
All of this is, of course, in prep for the release of your debut album, ‘Cigarettes and City Lights’, excited for the release? What can fans expect?
I’m excited because I finally feel like I’m releasing me at my best. No more trifling things just this is me. like me or fucking hate me. This is the music I make.
How was the creative process for the album, was it tricky deciding what tracks would make the cut?
The album writing process has been long because for years now I’ve always been heading towards an album. Then I had a big messy break up with a girl, so decided to lock myself away in Devon in a studio and just do it. I had a little playlist on my phone titled the name of the album, and it had 14 spaces so every time I wrote what I thought was wavey, it would go in there. Then I think I ended up writing over 200 songs, and these are the tracks that ended up there.
You recently headlined the OMEARA, we hear it was great, how was it for you though?
Yeah, it was crazy. every show is getting bigger. There are people flying from all over the world, from countries I’ve never even been to, which just blows my mind every time. For me, its like having a little party with all my friends there, so I just hope everyone dances, drinks, and has as much fun as I do. (Which is a lot).
You’re playing at Y Not Festival next week, looking forward to it?
Yeah, I’m crazy hyped. I’ve wanted to go for years, and this year was the one I was going to buy tickets to, and vibe out. So to end up playing is going to be great, I’ve heard it’s a good crowd. So expect to see me partying and enjoying the festival afterwards.
Is there anyone you’re particularly excited to see at Y Not Festival?
Obviously the vaccines. but all weekend there’s some great stuff. Clean cut kid are one to watch, their album is melodically beautiful and I’m dying to see them live, DMAs as well. Tom Grennan is swell, we played a show together in Hamburg not too long ago, so excited to see him with a band!
If you could collaborate with any artist on the line-up, who would it be and why?
Its gotta be Bizzle. Who wouldn’t want a track with Lethal effing Bizzle? DENCH
What can people expect from your Y Not set? Any new material appearances? Expect a party!
Expect a party!
How does playing festivals compare to your own gigs? Do you have a preference?
I love festivals, because it reminds me of when I first started making music and playing shows. You have to prove yourself. Your own shows are your own little family, but a festival, it’s a mix of fans and new listeners, you have to stand there and be like ‘I want you to like this and have fun and come join the family’. It’s pretty much “adopt a fan”.
Have you got many other festival appearances planned for us to get excited about?
I’ve just been booked for V Fest which I’m hyped about, also LEE fest and Victorius are going to be wavey. I met Lee from Leefest, and hit up one of his other festivals, there’s such a boutique warm vibe to his festivals, so I’d recommend that.
What are your top festival survival tips?
Get drunk enough that you don’t care about the toilets or sleeping in mud.
And finally, for those lucky enough to be going to Y Not fest, in a few words, why should they come see you play? Think of this as new music speed dating, no pressure, 30 seconds, GO!
Come watch me play because at who else’s shows do they make you wanna call your ex, tell her you love her, and make you dance about the break up in the same 5 mins!