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Talks with Singer Musician MATT SPRINGFIELD
By MATT SPRINGFIELD
Tuesday - February 28, 2017 8:01 pm Views:1992
Matt Springfield (Photo by Hervé Michel)
Matt Springfield replied to a Q and A Session sent to him from Studio Carry On Harry on occasion of release of his new album.
Tell us about your new release ?
I raised a budget from around 1.000 fans in order to record my album 'Erase All Data'. It's been recorded in the UK at Modern World Studios (UK) with top producer Greg Haver (Mel C, Manics) and mastered by Ryan Smith (Bon Jovi, Erasure) in New York at Sterling Sound. I really found the sound I was always looking for, kinda modern 80's. I had the chance to work with pretigious musicians like Nick Nasmyth on keyboards (Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue), Andy Taylor on guitars and Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers) on drums. My influences are bands such as The Killers, U2, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, New Order, M83, Muse, Chvrches. I've already reached #3 in the European Alternative Charts.
What is your work Process around your art ? A typical way you prefer working ?
I'm always looking for the perfect melody. Since I'm a kid, I'm found of bands that create great melodies. Lyrics are of course important, but I always start creating a melody. It could be with a guitar or a keyboard. I often have an idea for a melody, then another a few months later, and both fit together. I often build songs on the long term. But, of course, I can create a song in 5 minutes as well- I mean, create the main melody and sing it with my guitar. For instance 'American Soldier', a soothing ballad.
What are some milestone moments that define you today ?
My first love in music was The Police- back in 1986. I was a little kid, my dad was driving, and I asked 'What's this! Sounds amazing!'. I asked my parents for getting the single. As it was out in 1983/84, the single wasn't available anymore, and my mom bought me the compilation
When did your Journey Start as a Musician / Singer ? Give us details of this Journey.
Back in 1985, (I was 6!) I saw kids playing the violin on TV, and told my mom, I want to play this instrument!! Later, I learned the guitar, and was a big listener of bands such as U2, Simple Minds, Oasis, The Cranberries. I wanted to play music like my icons. Late 90's I created my first demos. Then, with internet, I met fantastic musicians to work with and built a crowdfunded project.
Where can readers and guests of CarryOnHarry Talk Show contact you ?
The best way is to contact me via my facebook page : https://fr-fr.facebook.com/MATT-SPRINGFIELD-115474775042/
What's new in the recording of your music ?
I had the chance to record in a fantastic studio, with talented musicians. Now, it would be hard to return to recording music only on a computer. I really had chance to get a budget of 50.000 € via internet and crowdfunding in order to record an album with the sound I was looking for.
What's your outlook on the record industry today?
I must confess that modern music industry is very disapointing nowadays. Labels don't spend money on recordings anymore. I love big productions, real studios album- I mean albums that bands recorded spending weeks or months in the studios, creating amazing/deep sounds, with
What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?
I miss the time when I bought CD's, with booklets. Now, we're consuming track here and there without really getting into a full album. So, it's very important to share your work online. I'm really happy to offer mp3's from some tracks or remixes, because often people ask me then where they can buy the CD!
Do you write out your lyrics? Do you ever change a song’s lyrics in live performances?
Yes, I write the lyrics to my tracks. I've always prefered studio recordings than live sessions. So I prefer to stay with the orignal lyrics.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to readers of CarryOnHarry Talk Show ?
Even if the industry is very hard today, I'm only making music with passion. Don't do any compromise, and make the music that I love. I respect bands such as The Killers, Keane, U2 for never changing what they are. They explore sounds-of course. U2 make pure rock tracks, or more electronics, of course- but they stay themselves.
It's common for musician to go out of work.How can yousuppliment this time productivly
Hard to say. When you're musician, you live and breath music all the time.
How do things generally look for new musicians entering the field ?
It's a vast ocean, and you don't know how to start- and even less succeed. I believe- you should do what YOU like.