INTERVIEW: Matt Wills

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

Hey I’ve been good. Really good. Almost too good. You know those times when life’s going so good and you’re like something bad almost got to happen soon because  life so good… yeh that.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Just Us”? 

Just Us is basically a message I wanted to write to my girlfriend put to music.

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

I wrote Just us after going for a dinner in a restaurant where the food was kinda terrible and it cost me more than I could afford and I was dressed up in clothes that not gonna lie looked stupid but I thought were cool and I was just thinking why am I doing this. Why do we go out with our partners and friends trying to impress people and flex on instagram. F*ck an instagram photo, all that really matters is spending time with those people and enjoying yourself. The song was born from a message to my girlfriend when I was literally saying the opening lyrics, like can we turn our phones off, take off these stupid expensive clothes and just drive somewhere and enjoy what really matters.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yup! I wanna somehow film a car crash so just trying to find someone who will let me wreck there car and not surprisingly no wants to do that… do you? Ha

How was the recording and writing process?

All the new music writing process has been awesome as iv left London and gone back to the place where I wrote all my music when I was 15 and its been great writing alone again with no outside interference , so I’m making music that I like instead of writing to gain validation from others. My studio was originally  my grandfathers art studio and he passed away recently and left his art studio to me , to use as a recording studio. Its my favourite place in the world to work

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

I love collaborating with people as its so cool that people hear things in such different creative directions which you could never originally imagine, so my favourite way to collaborate is when both of us start something on our own and then meeting up and just mashing up the two different ideas. It creates some amazingly different ideas.

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

Yeah iv written most of the new material. I’m just constantly writing. Its taking its time this time round as all the songs are happy (which is something iv never done before haha) so trying to find the right production that sounds upbeat and happy but not cheesy is my main focus.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nope. But like soon. Really soon. I hope.

What other aspects of love and relationships did you get to explore on this record?

I wanted to take this record in a more conversational direction. Rather than searching for some deep and slightly ludicrous metaphorical analogy I just wanted to say it how I actually would to someone. My next single is about meeting my girlfriend at an after party and how its an unlikely place to find love. If anyones been to a British afterparty its not exactly the height of romance. Its just some terrible music playing whilst people drink strongbow dark fruits. On the chorus of the track I was trying to find a way to say how my girlfriends so fucking precious. So just went that. Literally the chorus is, you’re so fucking precious. Probably stupid. But its what I wanted to say.

Any plans to hit the road?

I was taking some time out of live, but recently went on tour with Daya ( who was lovely and a future superstar) and it just got the bug back for me. I want to be on the road playing shows forever.  Also iv changed my live set up so I’m live looping keys, drums guitar and singing and its so much fun and all the new music people can dance to which is a nice change.

What else is happening next in Matt Wills’ world?

Too much. Stupidly I decided to start my own label. Which is crazy but so fun, aswell I’m doing a music degree because education is key and all that. Iv decided to just do whatever makes men happy. I think thats important. Anything that isn’t fun. Don’t bother. Lifes too short.

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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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