13 Questions with Matt and Lucy from Matthew & Me.
1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
We are Matthew and Me, comprising Matt and Lucy along with input from producer/collaborator Chris Bond. We make music that we would describe as alternative, ethereal dream pop…
“Effortless yet full of energy, there is wonderful musical chemistry between the duo. The guitar and drums combine intricately to create an ethereal sound which is atmospheric, composed and unique.” – bitter sweet symphonies
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
*See our Startpoint EP sleeve art, it’s a lovely color.
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
The usual kinds of things creative people struggle with; crippling self-doubt at every stage of the process, overthinking everything we make and ultimately never daring to release material because of the fear of rejection…ha! Our output is pretty slow, but we’re hoping to remedy that in 2017 with more new material.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
There are loads of great festivals we would love to play, Primavera Sound, Burning Man…John Peel stage at Glastonbury…
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
We are proud of our EP – ‘Startpoint’ released on Beatnik Creative last year, but outside of that we’re just trying to challenge and push ourselves to make some truly remarkable music…
6. What inspired you to start making music?
L: Weirdly, I can’t pinpoint a specific memory, but I knew from about the age of 8 that I wanted to be a musician. I had a couple of amazing music teachers who inspired me a lot during my teenage years. I can only remember I have always wanted to do it, from school I was always in bands and I’ve never really done anything else…
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Amy Winehouse, Bowie, Elvis.
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
Tricky one, there have been many influential people that have come in and out of our lives over the years… I suppose it starts at home with family.
9. What’s your favorite book?
L: I am terrible, I read tons of articles about music production, drumming synthesizers etc. online and music blogs galore, but I haven’t actually read a proper book in more years than I would care to admit. I think Matt was reading the Kate Tempest poetry book – Hold Your Own recently. That’s great.
10. What do you like to do other than music?
We’re pretty heavily obsessed with music so when we’re not making it we are at other people’s gigs or listening to records at home. We have developed our own recording studio in Totnes, so we have bands coming in to record there. Matt works in a record shop, we help to organize Sea Change Festival (check it out.) Basically we fill the vast majority of our time with music, but obviously also do the usual kinds of things people do…hang with mates, drink, eat pizza, watch David Attenborough talk about animals, go for the odd run or walk, work to earn money etc.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
L: It’s hard to give one answer for that! We just like the magic of a song stopping you in your tracks on first listen. It’s always exciting to discover new music that way. We’re currently listening to Matthew E White & Flo Morrissey / Lowly / Kevin Krauter / Amber Arcades / Bonobo / LCD Soundsystem …
M: Finding new and inspiring music is exciting and important to keep our minds open. We’re interested in all sorts, for instance, shoegaze guitar tones from bands like Daniel Land and the Modern painters / Cocteau Twins. Vocal performances like Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon.
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
L: Not sure I am in a position to give advice just yet, maybe another 20 years of experience and I will have some words of wisdom! A general life motto is don’t give up, anything you want to do well is going to take thousands of hours of time and energy to succeed at… so I guess – crack on.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
L: I don’t really have a lucky number but I’m just gonna say… 2… cos I like it.
M: 23 for me.
You can follow Matthew & Me on Instagram at @matthewandme. Be sure to check them out on iTunes and Spotify as well.