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Justin Mattock

Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Definitely! There's actually been a few that have triggered a new direction or phase. The one that really got me into writing my own music and forming my first band was watching the Green Day Bullet in a Bible DVD for the first time. That really pushed me towards the pop-punk side of things for 10-11 years. I was in multiple bands that played music similar to them, and eventually evolved into my own type of style. I eventually grew out of that style of music and started pursuing the music I'm writing now which is a country-pop sound. I don't think there was a main even or experience that motivated the change, it just kind of happened as I got older. Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? I wish I could say there was some wild rockstar moment that is a typical rockstar story, but there hasn't been anything really crazy on that side of things. I'd say the craziest/coolest things would be meeting and playing with the bands that I listened to all throughout middle and high school. The two really cool ones were opening up for a band called Set it Off in Vancouver, and getting to go backstage with Kellin Quinn from Sleeping with Sirens. I listened to both of those bands religiously for years, and getting to experience that was really cool, and having that personal connection was a big milestone for me. What has been the high point of your music path?

Music is one of those things where there are so many high points and even more low points. I've been lucky in the sense that there has never really been a huge rut or low point. I think the highest point has been moving to a solo career and pursuing music how I want to pursue it. I've got an awesome production team behind me (Garrett Ward and Dan Botch of The Renaissance Music), as well as some good friends I've met along the way that help me out with writing and marketing. As soon as I had that freedom and my first couple songs were written and recorded, it just felt like a huge breath of fresh air and really felt "right". I think it's the feeling I've been searching for since I started music. So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? Songwriting is something I'm still working on daily, and I think every songwriter can agree there's always room for improvement. I typically have a chord progression or riff that I like and develop a melody behind it. I'll record a short demo (verse and a chorus), then start working on the lyrics. Very rarely I'll have lyrics written first, but I do have a good buddy Dylan Elkin that I've started working with quite a bit. He's a crazy talented lyric writer, so he'll pitch a few lines that he likes and I'll try to structure a progression and melody around them. When I have a polished up demo, I'll take it to Garrett and Dan and they work their producer magic to really give the song life. They usually end up changing everything and making the song 100x better.

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? I think the biggest challenge is trying to cut through all the noise that makes up the industry. There's just so much saturation everywhere and trying to stand out from the crowd is one of the toughest things you can achieve. Another huge one is artists pay. Trying to create a stable income stream through music is tough, so hats off to anyone who's doing that on their own. Being an indie artist you're really taking all the financial risk in paying for production, gear, marketing, etc., and chances are a lot of that investment won't be paid back right away. If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Oof that's a tough one. Right now I'd have to say Morgan Wallen just cause of how much I've been listening to him and how well he did with his last album. Hard to find a bad song on the record and the thing is like 30 songs long. The dude is just so talented from singing to songwriting and everything in between. We're around the same age too, so he's definitely one I look up to at the moment. If we're talking any genre, I'd definitely have to say All Time Low (quite a change in music). Those guys had so much to do with me choosing to pursue music through my teenage years so I'll always have a soft spot for them. What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? At the moment non-existent, but I'd like to have them similar to how I've done it in the past. I have a lineup in mind right now for when I'm ready to start playing shows, so I'll get the guys together once or twice a week and rent out a local rehearsal studio. We'd probably run through each song until we think we're close to perfect, then from there start running through the setlist and playing it like we're on stage. I really want to make sure the live show is as tight as possible with this project, so when I get to that point I think I'll be a bit more critical on what will fly and what won't. Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! I think my debut single "By Your Side" was the toughest to write. It was the first song I had written after the genre switch, so I was really battling with myself to decide on which direction I wanted to go with it, if it was the right fit for me, what I wanted it to be about, etc. I had a rough idea of how I wanted it to sound - it was actually labelled "Dan & Shay Idea 1" in the demo phase since that's what the direction I decided to go. I sent a the track over to my producers and they put a track together based on how they heard it. I loved it the first time I heard it, and that's how By Your Side became the first step in my solo journey.

What's coming up in the future? Quite a bit! I'm heading back to the studio starting October 15th to finish off my last two tracks of the 5-track EP. Planning to release that either March or April of 2022 along with a few acoustic versions of songs off of it. When that's all polished up and ready to go, I'm planning to start booking local shows and getting some live experience under my belt. There's a local country bar in Vancouver I'd really like to have an EP release show at, so that's front of mind on that side of things at the moment. I'll have a few more singles in between now and the EP release to keep everything relevant as well.Question 10: Tell us where fans can access your music. All streaming platforms! Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube and all those major ones will have my music up on them. Find the links to single "Sweet Dreams" on Distrokid Watch on YouTube Follow on Instagram or Twitter Stream on Spotify


About Justin Mattock Since joining the Canadian music scene in 2014, Justin has ventured into a variety of different scenes and genres. Starting out with Vancouver based Pop-Rock group Fighting for Ithaca, the bands prior success quickly helped him make a name for himself on a national scale. After the quartet called it quits, he stayed true to his Pop-Punk/Rock roots and expanded his online reach by forming Woke Up Waiting (later to be Harbourside) which reached friends and fans all over the world through various cover videos and a 6-track EP. Since departing Pop-Rock group Chase Your Words, Mattock has recently started pursuing the solo artist path pulling in Country, Pop and Alternative elements. Past associations include Instrumental Music and Lost Music Collective. Trading his black skinny jeans for blue denim, Mattock has turned all of his focus to a modern Pop-Country sound. His debut single "By Your Side" (Produced by Garrett Ward and Dan Botch - The Renaissance) is sure to be a staple in his new journey, with a 5 track EP already well on it's way. The EP will featured his second single, "Sweet Dreams." As soon as live music returns to the world you can be sure to see Justin in a city near you. For more information on Justin, please visit his website!


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