It’s a fitting musical influence for a song about seeking freedom through authenticity, and finding strength in being true to oneself. “Plus I was listening to a lot of Otis Redding at the time,” Matt admits with a grin.
Raised on backyard jam sessions and good surf, Matt is a down to earth Aussie muso who dreams big. After years rocking local festivals and practically every watering hole on the west coast, a killer SXSW performance landed Matt a record deal with Warner Germany, prompting a move to Berlin which saw Matt expand his technical repertoire, channel the challenges and inspirations of life in Europe into his songwriting and learn some good old fashioned German discipline along the way.
Though a talkative and sunny personality, Matt wields a quiet intensity on stage that can truly hold a room, his audiences enthralled by a feather-light falsetto that skips the ears and flies straight for the heart.
Written in collaboration with Roberto De Saand Isabella Kearney-Nurse ‘Rising Up’ came together at lightening pace. “It’s about breaking the chains of what society believes to be success” Matt explains, “The ultimate goal in life I feel is to be happy and feel freedom. True success for me is to except yourself 100% and this song gives me such a sense of empowerment.”
Like so many of us, Matt uses music to help make sense of his life, transforming negative emotions into something positive. “These days it’s easy to just run away from certain things,” he says. “In my music, I face these things.”
If there’s any facing up to be done, ‘Rising Up’ is Matt’s personal call to arms. With its pounding drums and vocal rasp of emotion, the chorus tells of a force within ready to be unleashed.
Full of determination, the soulful battle-cry is a sporting anthem in the making, with UFC middleweight champion of the world Robert Whittaker featuring in the track’s music video. “Music has a close connection with sport,” Matt says. “‘Rising Up’ is about a fight within myself, and when the chorus hits I really picture someone walking out into the ring. The video explores the pressures of being at the top of your game, in the public eye and the voices that drive you or try to keep you down.”
With the album release and a string of European festivals just around the corner, and support slots on international tours with James Arthur and Vera Blue in the bag, Matt is breaking new ground across the water, with European audiences waking up to the sandy-haired crooner from the south.