INTERVIEW: Matthew Grant

Hi Matthew, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello!! Thanks for talking to me. I’m doing so, so good. I am so amazed at the overwhelming positive response to my new single.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “King For A Day”?

It’s been almost like a dream come true. This song is near and dear to my heart and to see people react and share with the world what they would do if they were “King For a Day” has been phenomenal.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Well not anything specific. This song kind of came from a culmination of not only my personal experiences, but also watching day to day life in society. With all of that floating in my head I realized I needed to do something. I don’t have a lot of money but I do have a voice. So I wrote a song to challenge people to think about how we could make this world better. It was really that simple. The thought that if you had all the resources you needed for one day to change the world what would you do? I just want people to think about how we can do better to make the world better (I just quoted my own song).

Any plans to release a video for the single?

 I do have an acoustic version of this song that I shot a video for with a really talented director here in LA named Brandon Jermaine.  As for an official video for the main version, I can’t say for sure, BUT I have a notebook full of ideas for what I want it to look like and be about. So let’s just say I’m planning for it and it’s going to be great!

How was the recording and writing process?

Interesting enough I wrote this song in my living room to a track that my manager sent me from this producer client “Alter Ego”. It was such a dope track I couldn’t imagine what else we could add to it. Then Michael Harwood from, my label added live elements to the track that took it to another level. 12 piece orchestra, live drums, live piano, we even have choir on this track. Going to London and seeing this record come to life was something that I will never forget for the rest of my life. Alter Ego and Michael Hardwood you did good!!

What role does Kansas City play in your music?

One thing for sure about my style of singing placement of phrases in songs comes a lot from my Midwest life. Unlike Los Angeles, in Kansas City we take things a bit slower and lay back in our music. Kansas City has such deep jazz roots and those elements will show up in my music always. So hang out with me for a few years you will see what I’m talking about.

How has chaos influenced you as an artist?

My life has been an interesting journey full of let downs and chaos. I’ve learned to take that emotion and put it all in every song I write and sing. When you leave a show I performed in or listen to one of my songs I want you to feel authentic emotions. Even if it’s just for few minutes in that moment I want it to be as real for you as it is for me.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Well yes! I have a lot of great songs I can’t wait to share with the world. I’m working every week writing new material continuing to build my catalog.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not at the moment, we have two songs right now that we are thinking about. All I can say is keep your ears open it’s gone be great!  

Any plans to hit the road?

Not at the moment, but I’m so ready to go on tour!

What else is happening next in Matthew Grant’s world?

Right now I’m really focused on spreading the message of King For A Day to the world, making sure as many people as possible can hear the song and hopefully fall in love with it.  With any luck Matthew Grant’s world looks better and better everyday because people are inspired by the song to think about their contribution and how they can improve the world with just one small deed at a time.



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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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