INTERVIEW: Matt Mays

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

MM – I’ve been well thanks! Kind of starting to find my Covid flow. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dan N’ Shaniqua”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?  

MM – That was one of the key songs that made me realize that the album was going to be about being a dog. That song in particular just sort of felt like a lead off track to set the tone of the album with the excitement of the escape. 

Any plans to release any sort of music video for the track?

MM – I would like to! I had the idea of me being a chauffeur driver and picking up my dog Rhuby on the red carpet and then figuring out a way digitally to have her sing the song and then just drive her around in a limousine. I thought that might be kind of a hoot. 

The single comes off your new album Dog City – what’s the story behind the title?

MM – My partner and I call our local dog park dog city because it’s very bustling downtown Toronto dog park and I just like the idea of dogs considering that it’s they’re sort of hub and letting us humans in to hang out with them. I just find it all so adorable. 

How was the recording and writing process? 

MM – It was very unique for me because it was right when Covid-19 hit. I had to build my own tiny portable studio and record in the garage. Writing-wise, everything came really quick. I wrote 12 songs in three weeks. It was a really great way for me to escape from being so human and instead just living the simple yet emotional mind of a canine. It just felt right. 

What made you want to approach this album from a rescue dog perspective and how did that come about?

MM – I think it came from the anxiety of the whole pandemic thing. It was just a really nice escape for me to sort of look at the world through the eyes of a rescue dog. It was just a fun distraction for me to kind of get out of what was happening in the world, I think. You can hear some of that darkness poking through still though. 

Would you call this a conceptual record?

MM – Yes indeed I would. 

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

MM – The album came out so fast that it’s really kind of hard to tell where the inspiration came from. I know that it was sort of a mix between feeling sort of deeply trapped and lost in a bit of an unknown new human world and also some dog envy. Their sheer freedom and ignorance to what’s actually going on in the world these days makes me truly happy for them.

What else is happening next in Matt Mays’ world?

MM – Lots and lots of new music! I’m trying to take advantage of this time off the road to really dive into different projects and fully complete them! 

Stream the new single “Dan N’ Shaniqua” on Bandcamp, Spotify or Soundcloud

Stream the album in full on Bandcamp, Spotify or Soundcloud

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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