I have been singing, writing, performing a lot of music, and traveling lately, so safe to say I have been excellent, thank you for asking.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Everything”?
Yes, this particular song I wrote a couple of years ago while still attending the University of Miami. It is a song that I have been meaning to record forever and so this summer I finally did. My best friend and producer/engineer Avery Blake came in from LA to visit the northeast this past August and so we rented out a cozy little studio in Connecticut and had the whole song recorded in a couple of hours.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Well no, not exactly. While some of the lyrics to my songs are extremely personal and are directly about events or people in my life, this song is a made up story about a desperate man seeking redemption for past mistakes. After coming up with the vocal melody for the chorus I realized that lyrically the stakes needed to be really high in order to match the emotion in that melody. Once I came to that realization, the story sort of wrote itself.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I actually recorded a live acoustic video in NYC of me performing the song in this really cool performance space a few weeks ago. Can’t wait to release it and have everybody get to hear what the song sounds like when it’s stripped down.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was easy and a lot of fun. I’m very lucky that I got to record this one with my buddy. There are a shorthand and comfortability there that allows us to be really efficient and try different things in the studio until we are both fully satisfied with how it’s sounding. We also both love a lot of the same music, share a lot of the same influences, and have similar ideas about the vibe we want each song to have.
What role does Connecticut play in your music?
It truly is home. I find the people in my hometown to be super authentic and I’d like to think that when people listen to my music and see me perform they can feel an authenticity and also an earnestness. I want to always give them very best and make them feel something after they listen to one of my songs. I feel like part of that comes from my Connecticut upbringing.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I always find myself most inspired after I have heard a great song for the first time or after I’ve seen an incredible performance. Besides being a songwriter I consider myself to truly be a music fan. Listening to and watching artists I admire constantly gives me an extra adrenaline boost and reminds me of why I love music so much.
Any plans to hit the road?
No touring plans yet, but I will be heading out to California in the spring and Nashville sometime in the summer. I’ve got a strong feeling I am going to end up doing a gig or two while I am there.
What else is happening next in Matt Taelor’s world?
I am going to be playing Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on April 11th and then Pianos on June 9th. I am also going to be releasing some new tunes in the next few months that I am really excited about. One song, in particular, that may end up being my next single sounds very different to anything I have released before.