Matt Nation - 10 Questions Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
It was the summer after my freshman year of college and I was on the train to Manhattan. While looking out the window watching the lights pass by and hearing the rumbling of the tracks, I felt like there was a rhythm to everything going on around me. That's when I started hearing a melody in my head, then I put words to the melody. After I couldn't help but get the words stuck in my head, I told myself "I have to figure out how to make this song'. The rest is history.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
In the winter of 2018 I lost all of my music on my laptop without any back ups. I had to start everything over but it did allow me to rethink my approach to music. It was also a renewal point to my commitment in doing music. Most importantly it served as a valuable lesson to back up my stuff on a hard drive.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The highpoint thus far in my music path has been releasing my first official music video for the song "Ms. McGuire". It is one thing to create a song but its amazing to be able to have an accompanying visual that really pulls people into the world you've created from that song. Seeing all the work in telling a story along with having it executed and come to full fruition was a really great experience.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
First I start with a vibe in mind or come across a synth sound that I like the vibe of. Then I build an arrangement of sounds that compliment that initial idea without losing the vibe that I was going for. I will just enjoy the instrumental until I let my mind come up with something but not anything forced. You just have to let it come to you. I write down original lyric ideas and I free write around those ideas and let my mind come up with whatever it wants to or feels right. I go about writing the song in multiple ways. Whatever ends up resonating with me the most is what I stick with.
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 would ask the music industry to make sure that the music is about prioritizing making the best possible music. We see a lot of things that are packaged in a way that gets the most attention but some of it is honesty garbage.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would say Travis Scott. I feel like he gives off a very intense and palpable energy that creates this synergy with the audience. I like that dynamic of being locked in with the crowd. It would bode very well with both of our individual artistry in a combined dynamic on stage.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I select the songs and do run throughs with rehearsal performances a couple of weeks prior. The songs that were chosen usually are based on the expected demographic of my audience at that venue. It's important to check out the venue space and area so I know what I'm physically working with. The usual sound checks are done the day of the live show.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
My most difficult song to write was "Blue Dream". I usually write up to three different versions of a song before I choose which one I am going with. But for Blue Dream there were so many ways to go about it that I had trouble just picking one, especially with it's complexity in production arrangement. Also, look out for the "Blue Dream" music video coming out in a couple of months.
What's coming up in the future?
To restate, the music video for "Blue Dream" is coming out in a couple of months . I am also releasing my debut EP in July, 2021.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
You can listen to my music on Spotify
And follow MattNation on Instagram @mattnationofficial to see what I'm personally up to and for updates on new music and upcoming performances.
About Matt Nation
Matt Nation is a Brooklyn-born songwriter, singer, producer, and musician based in New York. During his sophomore year of college, Matt officially began producing his music. Later, Matt’s performances at College Music Festivals would give him the momentum to do live gigs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island. His charismatic stage presence and intense performances transcend audiences into a bouncing euphoric state. Matt has garnered attention and a loyal following as the headliner at music venues throughout New York. Matt’s songs are inspired by the pressures of being a twenty-something-year-old trying to figure out their way in the world. His lyrics often express the embracing of the lesser-than-perfect parts of oneself and takes on the emotional highs & lows of relationships. Matt Nation’s newly released singles “Ms. McGuire” and “Rose Gold” both out on all platforms, takes us into a journey of self-discovery on definitions of love. His music and storytelling are of deep introspection, contrasted with infectious beats and hooks that make you come back for more. The “Ms. McGuire” official music video recently released on Youtube will soon be followed up with the “Blue Dream” official music video. Matt Nation’s music moves effortlessly between the genres of R&B, Pop, Rap, and Indie/Alternative. His lyrics encompass struggles, resilience and takes on the modern-day love story, neatly wrapped in deceivingly energetic and enthusiastic production. The Pop sound coupled with the driving 808’s of “Ms. McGuire” to the wavy rollercoaster ride of “Life Aquatic”; the atmospheric trippy sound of “Blue Dream” to the dark introspective trap soul vibe of “Rose Gold” is all original songs in Matt Nation’s arsenal in his upcoming debut EP. Matt Nation’s much-anticipated debut EP drops in Summer 2021. In 2021 Matt will be heading to the West Coast - Performance dates- TBA.