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INTERVIEW: Matt Rogers

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

I have been great! It’s been a busy summer, but we’re getting to play some cool shows and getting into new markets to meet new country music fans. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Burn The Boat”?

This one has been fun from the day we wrote it, to recording it, to playing it live every night. Everyone knows how it feels when you’re on vacation and the realization of having to go back home sets in. This song embraces that emotion. We ain’t goin home! 

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

I wrote this with one of my friends and crazy talented singer/songwriter Angela Marie. She brought the title “Burn The Boat” from something her boyfriend had told her about vikings burning their boats when they go into battle to symbolize that they would never retreat or surrender. It seemed a little “heavy” in content, especially for the mood we were in that particular morning. However, before we just wrote it off and moved on to another topic, we explored some other meanings. That’s when we stumbled on the idea of never leaving vacation set in paradise. 

Any plans to release a music video for the single?

We just recently got the lyric video out, and some cool press surrounding that, so no immediate plans. It would certainly be a fun one to shoot, so ya never know!

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing with Angela is always a blast; she really understands the process and comes up with really clever ideas. Our approaches and personalities mesh well when we write. Recording this one was very fun too! I’ve been dabbling into the production side of things over the last couple years and it was fun to build some tracks and have some specific ideas for the other players. I always like chasing the sound in your head and trying to get in on a recording. 

As the momentum keeps building up – does this success puts any pressure as you release a new material or rather the opposite?

I write tons of songs, so I’m always looking to release more music if the song and timing is right. I wouldn’t say there is pressure to do either. I approach the business a little different. I want people who are interested and enjoy my music to know what is going on with my life. I like for them to be able to see behind the scenes and the music-making process if they want to as well. My favorite artists have always been transparent and authentic, which is what probably made me a fan. I was able to relate to them in one way or another. I want to have the same things for my fans. I am just me and try to put out music that best represents me.

What role does Georgia play in your music?

I’m very proud to be from Georgia. It definitely carries over in my music. I write about the things I know and grew up doing. I love home and that’s where most of my family and closest friends are. Your music should be a representation of yourself; and where you’re from plays a big part in you figuring that out.

How did your entire musical perspective change when you move into the City of Music?

I learned very quickly that Nashville was business oriented. I had to start spending as much time learning the business as I did trying to be creative. My point of view has always stayed relatively the same; I would not have left a good career in the medical field if music was not something I did not love. That being said, it is easy to get frustrated with how things work here sometimes, but luckily, it is just as easy to be inspired by the amount of talent.

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

We’ll see! I have a couple of singles lined up, but I have been working on a separate project also. I’m not in a hurry by any means on that project though. I write a bunch, so when I have a song that I think is a good single, I usually play it out live for a little bit and judge responses before recording it. This project idea is different though. I have written quite a few by myself and I am hoarding them until I decide what to do with them. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nothing that I am ready to leak quite yet, but stay tuned. We do have more singles coming down the pipeline for fall and the first of the year. 

Any plans to hit the road?

We are always touring. It’s my favorite part of this business. I love getting to see new towns, explore things on the route, eat different foods (probably the band’s favorite part), and just have fun playing music. I am super excited about some of the dates we have coming up in completely new regions and markets for us for the second half of the year. You can always stay up to date with where we’ll be playing and tickets on my website www.mattrogerscountry.com.

What else is happening next in Matt Rogers’ world?

I have found myself in a working routine of sorts. I try to write during the week and I am on the road most every weekend. I make time to demo and record songs we think are solid. I am constantly trying to get better whether it be guitar, singing, producing, recording, or especially the live show. I just want to be as good as I can be. I find time for me too when I can and make it out to the range to train or get on the water and try to catch a fish or two. I do have about five things happening behind the scenes that if any of them came through it would be a big step in my career. If more than one came through at the same time it could be VERY cool!

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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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