Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music Interview: Just Matthew

There are few things as inspiring as passion and I'm pleased to say it's something I've been surrounded by since starting A Glass Of Ice.  Whether we're talking about a passion for blogging, writing, acting, dancing, photography, modelling, singing or any other creative path similarly less trodden, one thing I always find inspiring in others is their passion.  A brilliant example of this is songwriter and recording artist of the stage name Just Matthew, a man who's music can already be found playing on 85 non-commercial radio stations across USA/Canada, as well as being available for purchase on iTunes!  With a sound that can't be pigeon-holed and a refreshing take on where life may lead him, the pleasure was all mine when interviewing Matthew to find out a little more about his memories, motives and musings..            

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1)  Do you write all of your own music and if so, how do you find the creative process?

First and foremost, I want to thank you for the opportunity to have this interview with me. I also want to say hello to all the readers and supporters of A Glass Of Ice! To answer your question, I do write my own music in terms of lyrics. As far as the instrumentation aspect of my music, I work with different beatmakers on a project to project or song to song basis. To be frank, the beatmaker (aka "producer") will send me a finished beat (aka "instrumental"), if there are any tweaks I want to be made--arrangement, adding or subtracting certain layers of instruments--that gets done but if I like how it sounds at that point, I take over from there. From there I write the lyrics, record and finally engineer the song and prepare it for online release. This might sound weird, but I find the creative process more fulfilling than the finished final song itself. I am a student of my craft and I find the science behind crafting a record to be extraordinarily fascinating. I was always a studio geek, spending long periods, hours at at time in the studio where I essentially developed my skills purely through trial and error. The process of creating triggers my "flow". It's like when a world-class athlete gets into the "zone". It's one of the best feelings on Earth.


2)  Was there a defining moment that saw you decide to start making music?

In the beginning, I was 12 or 13 and my energy was all over the place. I got into writing raps quite frankly out of boredom and my friends at school would get a kick out of it. After a few months of writing I bought a cheap $5 microphone from RadioShack I could use to record on my computer. Mind you, this is around 2004. Every month, every year that went by I approached it with more seriousness. I wrote everyday, in class, at home, about anything and everything. I got better equipment and had a little studio in my room. It got to the point where my parents wouldn't let me make music because my grades started to suffer a little bit. Even though it was all fun and games at first, as I got older, I became fascinated with the science behind music.  Song structure, the different ways to use wordplay and tell a story, the nuances of different recording techniques and engineering techniques, the way you can manipulate all of these different ideas going every direction to come together and form a song. I became obsessed with studying and learning every little detail. Up and until now, as I mature and get older, I find the challenge of implementing my life experiences and the lessons that I have learned from those experiences to be absolutely fascinating when translated into lyrics and music form. I guess in hindsight that was the defining moment for me. But at the time, it was more of just channeling my untamed energy and becoming lazer-focused on one thing, which was making music.


3)  What is your earliest music-related memory?

I can't really pinpoint one memory that sticks out. I have this sort of collage of separate individual memories throughout my early childhood that are extremely vague to me. When I was a child, growing up I was exposed to a lot of different kinds of music. From pop, hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, disco, classic rock, punk rock, reggae, blues, alternative rock, etc. I was never really into one specific genre, but what intrigued me from an early age was when I would go to family parties and barbecues and at a certain point, a certain song would come on and everybody would just start dancing. I always was intrigued by how one song can trigger the reaction of a lot of people in a negative or positive way. I was curious as to why and how that happens. 


4)  Who/what would you say influences your music the most?

In terms of what inspires me musically today would have to be history. English and History were my favorite subjects in high-school. I love reading biographies and stories about all the famous philosophers, inventors, warriors, leaders, kings, athletes, musicians, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, all of that. Also reading about certain civilizations from the past and reading about why these people and those cultures were so successful really intrigues me. I truly believe no matter what field or industry you are in, whether you are Albert Einstein, Da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Beethoven, all of them were different but they all had one common thread which was their individual quality of seeing their failures as steps towards reaching their ultimate goals rather than reasons to quit, and that's what inspires me to continue my work. I'm not comparing myself to any of those people, what I'm trying to say is that a human being can achieve the impossible when the attitude is right


























5)  How would you describe your sound?  Do you create your music with a particular audience in mind?
I guess from a general scope of my music, my style would fall under the Hip-Hop/Rap and R&B/Soul umbrella. I don't really like putting a "label" on my music in terms of style or anything because in reality, my music is for anyone to enjoy and appreciate. Not everybody will and I understand that, but music is a personal thing. I'm personal by opening myself up to the listener, telling him/her about my personal conflicts, mistakes and weaknesses but also showing him/her that acknowledging and accepting your imperfection by embracing and loving yourself is perfection. Music is personal, it's engaging and it's a 2-way street. By making music, I have the opportunity to engage and start the conversation, but it's up to each individual how they respond back. I truly believe a person must love his/herself before they can truly love another. Connectivity through music is extraordinary. You take it in physically through your ears but to digest the music is a spiritual thing. 
In terms of musical character and persona, I would describe my musical persona as "James Bond meets Dirty Harry meets Bodhi from Point Break". Not to sound egotistical, but that's just the way I describe it. My music gets witty at times, vulnerable at times, suave at times and all-out crazy at times. The qualities in my songs are all extensions of my personality. 


6)  What has been the most exciting moment on your journey so far - are you working on anything right now?

I wouldn't say I have a moment where it's considered my most 'exciting'. But what I can say is that there have been certain moments where I would feel my progression as an artist and as a songwriter. It's kind of like that moment where the light bulb just goes off in your imagination, like you feel you have done something right or discovered another answer. Sometimes when I would listen to my songs from many months and years before, I get a sense of perspective and clarity because I can identify the artistic progression and growth. 
I've had quite a few of those moments while working on my first "official" debut project called the "Connery EP" that will be coming July 22 and will be released online through my website. It will be available for online streaming as well as the opportunity to get the project along with bonus items such as the EP commentary, short story PDF booklet, and bonus songs by signing up on my email list. 2 songs from the EP are currently out now on my website so you can listen there as well as check out the music videos. 


7)  Do you have an 'end goal' in mind for your career?

I think the 'end goal' for my career as a songwriter and recording artist would be able to successfully transition out of making music into another venture that can help benefit society on a bigger scale. What that venture will be? I don't know at this very moment in time but what I know is that when the moment does come I will have a direction. Obviously that will be way down the line, but even just to get to that position and have a long successful career in music would be considered an 'end goal'. The challenge of attaining longevity comes down to balancing authenticity and relevancy. Making amazing music for your fans is a factor, obviously. But I can say without a doubt, I am looking forward to the challenge. 


8)  Finally, what are your interests outside of music?

Like I mentioned earlier, I love reading up on history. Basketball is the only sport I truly love. Growing up in Los Angeles and playing basketball growing up, I'm a die-hard Lakers fan and Kobe Bryant is one of my inspirations. I love Italian food and plan to live in Europe one day. I love retro American muscle cars and science fiction movies. I would love to dabble into voice acting for films one day. Hopefully my music career can open doors to explore those outlets. 


I get serious 'summer vibes' from Matthew's smooth sound and voice and consequently this weekend has seen me play 'Forget' on repeat; it's absolutely the kind of catchy track that has me wanting everyone to know about it.  I once read that success is a combination of 'hard work and optimism' and if this is true (which I wholeheartedly believe), this recording artist has one hell of a bright future ahead of him.  If you'd like to follow his journey, Matthew has an impressive website where you can get an idea of his music's identity, as well as become hyperaware of how 'uncool' you are in comparison - too honest?    

With love,

Gabrielle x

Note: This post has been sponsored, however all opinions are entirely my own.
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  1. Very cool! Such a great interview!! :)

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  2. Wow, Just Matthew sounds awesome! It's great to know that he wants to affect the world and help out on a bigger scale through his music. <3

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, it's quite inspiring! Have a lovely week :)

      Gabrielle x

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  3. Lovely interview and I'm looking forward to checking out Matthew's music, he sounds so passionate about it

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. There's nothing greater than finding a genuine passion for something you do and love!

      Gabrielle x

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  4. Although this is not exactly my style of music, I love the outlook on life he has.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. That's fair enough and yes, his outlook certainly is refreshing!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Lovely interview, he seems such an amazing artist!

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    1. Thanks very much Vanessa, glad you enjoyed it

      Gabrielle x

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      Gabrielle x

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  7. amazing post my dear, great interview :D

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  8. How cool that you got to to an interview with an artist! I checked out his stuff and I'm really impressed.
    Brooke | brookewrote

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    1. It really was a great opportunity to learn more about his work. That's great!

      Gabrielle x

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  9. Awesome interview! Just Matthew seems like a great person. I like the song.

    Florals&Smiles

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    1. Thanks girls, he certainly approaches life in a great way!

      Gabrielle x

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  10. What a great interview! I love constantly discovering new artists and listeting to different kinds of music so this post really got me. I just played "Forget" and I loved it! Definitely a catchy tune I wouldn't mind listening on repeat ;) Your questions were very interesting and I particularly love something he said about seeing failures as steps towards reaching our goals rather than reasons to quit. That's powerful and quite inspiring! I really hope Just Matthew gets recognition for his work soon! Thanks for introducing him to us :)
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    1. Thanks Deb! You and me both, it can be so interesting to discover new artists - both established and emerging. I'm glad you find the track catchy as well and enjoyed both the questions and answers, I really enjoyed putting together this post with Matthew. Yes, I hope so too! You're very welcome :)

      Gabrielle x

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  11. Great interview! His music is awesome!

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    1. Thanks Connie - I agree his sound is great!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Pretty cool interview! Happy Sunday, dear! xoxo

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    1. Have a lovely week, Shirley

      Gabrielle x

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  13. Oh, what an inspiring man! Music is a relatively difficult industry to break into -- especially contemporary music such as hip hope, r&b, pop, all the stuff we hear today -- and to have already have a record ready for release on iTunes and to be played across radio stations without being signed to a major label? That's incredible!

    I'm a musician myself and I can honestly relate to him when he says music is personal. While I'm more of a player (player being I'm an instrumentalist) more so a writer, I understand the rooted emotions one can have to one's own music; I've seen countless musicians write and it baffles me with absolute joy every time.

    Also, I completely agree that the creative process of any project is the best part of the entire procedure; writing my posts, publishing them, styling my outfits, etc, the greatest joy, for myself personally, comes from brainstorming, editing and writing the post itself rather than when I publish it. There's a certain control you can have over the creative process, and I enjoy that immensely.

    I've just listened to his music and oh, it's right up my alley! Summer-vibes is definitely the epitome of his music! I'll definitely be checking out more of his music, so thanks for sharing him with us, Gabrielle!

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    1. That's a very good point, though an artist's persistence should go a long way in making a mark - I sincerely hope Matthew breaks through to a wider audience! That's a very good point, he's covering a lot of ground in a relatively short space of time. It's brilliant you're a musician yourself, I've played the piano for over a decade and can't imagine life without it now :) It's great to hear you're enjoying his music and agree with that 'summer vibe' feel! You're very welcome May, I hope you have a wonderful week.

      Gabrielle x

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  14. This was really interesting to read :) I love how he finds so much joy in the actual process of creating the music and the fact that he's inspired by history! Just listened to his music- it's so unique and I can totally see what you mean about it not being able to fit into a category. I think we will be hearing much more about him in the near future :)

    Rachel xx
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    1. Thanks Rachel, that's lovely to know. I completely agree, seeing such genuine interest/passion in another can be very inspiring and motivating. It's nice to know you also reckon we'll be hearing more about him in the future :)

      Gabrielle x

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  15. what a very interesting person. \\ you have a talent for this! you should do this more often, feature people :)

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. Agreed! Oh thank you Jess, so kind of you to say :)

      Gabrielle x

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  16. what a cool thing to have done! sounds like an amazing artist! x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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    1. It was great to get inside Matthew's head a little, for sure!

      Gabrielle x

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  17. What a great interview - very interesting to find out how he started.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  18. nice post!
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  19. Great thoughts and interview indeed. Greetings!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

      Gabrielle x

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  20. Lovely interview. Happy Monday dear! :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Kenny

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  21. I agree.. Passion is truly inspiring, regardless of which path one is taking. It's great to hear and see people who are passionate something x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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    1. That's so lovely to hear you say Vanessa, I feel the same way!

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Matthew is a talented guy, I love his music :)

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  23. Such a great interview! I haven't listened to him, but I sure will now :)
    I love reading up on history too it's so fascinating.
    XoXo from South Africa

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    1. That's great, do let me know what you think of his sound!

      Gabrielle x

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  24. I didn't know want to expect today on your blog, certainly not an interview with a musician! This was cool! Great job, really felt like I understood him. What a memorable, mellow song! Love his description of his style James Bond meets Point Break. Awesome post!

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    1. Haha I'm happy to have been able to surprise you! That's wonderful to say and yes, 'Forget' really does have that catchy 'summer sound' to it :)

      Gabrielle x

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  25. wow great post

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  26. Such a well written interview Gabrielle! Just Matthew seems like an awesome artist!

    Tina
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    1. Thank you Tina, I appreciate you saying so!

      Gabrielle x

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  27. Great interview!! Looking forward to checking out his music :)

    Ash | Liakada

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    1. Fabulous, let me know what you think when you do!

      Gabrielle x

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  28. This is such a lovely interview - It's so nice seeing new artists like this, it's refreshing and really good to see people who aren't afraid to do what they love and enjoy! :)

    Layla xx

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    1. Thank you Layla, I agree it can be so refreshing and inspiring to see people follow their dreams! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  29. Such a great interview, Gabrielle. I love to discover new artists. Happy Monday, doll.
    xox
    Lenya
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    1. Thanks Lenya - that makes two of us!!

      Gabrielle x

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  30. Hi Gabrielle, what a nice interview, he is very talented!! thanks for sharing dear. Have a great week.
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    1. Couldn't agree with you more Arely, you're very welcome.. have a lovely day!

      Gabrielle x

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  31. How exciting! I hope to see more interviews in the future.
    Enjoyable read.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. It's certainly nice blogging under the 'lifestyle' umbrella, so you never know - there could be more in the future! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  32. It's always nice to know about new music artists! Thanks for sharing Gabrielle, this is a really nice and in depth interview. :D

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    1. I know what you mean! You're more than welcome Alyce, have a wonderful week..

      Gabrielle x

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  33. Very interesting, I like the music too. Great feature Gabrielle. I love music, so this was nice to read, will keep an eye out for more from him. /Madison
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    1. That's brilliant! I'm certain we'll be hearing more from him in the future!

      Gabrielle x

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  34. I've been hearing a lot about him lately. I love "Forget"! <3

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    1. Oh really? I'm glad you like 'Forget' too!

      Gabrielle x

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  35. Amazing post! So interesting!
    Have a nice evening!
    Natallia Jolliet
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      Gabrielle x

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  36. Great!
    Very interesting interview!
    xxx
    S
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  37. What a cool interview!! I loved reading this one!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. Interviews can be fun to read, for sure

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  38. His style and answers are super cool

    Danika Maia
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    1. Agreed on both counts!

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  39. As always, beautiful post!

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  40. wonderful interview...you asked very interesting questions and he gave very eloquent answers.

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    1. I'm glad you liked my questions Ivana and yes, he certainly answered them all eloquently! :)

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  41. I really like this interview :) nice nice !! Tomorrow I'll post an award and I've nominated you ! xx

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    1. Thanks lovely and thank you for thinking of me for the award nomination!

      Gabrielle x

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  42. I absolutely love interviewing people! This must have been so fun, I love the questions you asked!

    xx Chelsea
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    1. Now that I've tried it for myself, I can entirely understand why! It really was a lot of fun :)

      Gabrielle x

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  43. This is the first I have heard of him and thank you for such a lovely interview. It's nice to know the artist and learn what inspires him. You're right about the tune being catchy, I'm loving it!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I'm pleased to have been able to introduce you to Just Matthew, Shireen! It's great to know you also find 'Forget' to be a catchy tune :)

      Gabrielle x

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  44. Beautiful photos and I love love love your style of writing! Keep it up!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Talisa

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  45. Such a rad post! Definitely going to look into him. Love that he doesn't want to put a label on his music. I am all about not putting labels on anything, it ruins them.. huh? Lovely to read thank you Gabrielle.

    XO K
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    1. Thanks Kelly! I agree, his take on both music and life is refreshing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

      Gabrielle x

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  46. I just love looking up new music! Great post!

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  47. I love new music that speaks to you. Lovely interview :) http://bauchlefashion.com

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    1. That's quite the compliment coming from the Queen of Interviews! ;)

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  48. What a cool post! Creative people never fails to inspire me and I really enjoyed reading the interview. i also liked the music video a lot. I think his sound is very Artful Dodger-ish (a compliment:)).

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    1. You and me both, I find it to be very motivating - it's a reminder of 'If not now, when?' :)

      Gabrielle x

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  49. There's something magical about songwriters. They are so talented and creative. His music is awesome and I wish him much success. Fabulous interview.
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    1. You're right, it's a combination of various talents and that really is impressive. It's nice to know you enjoy his music too and yes, my fingers are crossed for him! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  50. Cook interview! Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Gabrielle x

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  51. Such a cool interview! I also just love everything about your beautiful photography! Those photos of the mac laptop and iphone are stunning!

    Chelsea
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  52. Hi Gabrielle,

    This is such a great interview and can tell that he is such a versatile kind of a musician, having so much influences from different genres and his passion and interest are very varied too! His kind of music may not be exactly be my cup of tea but I can definitely see where he's coming from in terms of sound designs, engineering his music and how he would like to carve out his signature style and tune.

    An awesome interview this is! Lovely blog post, as always, with stunning visuals.

    Cheers,
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    1. Hey Jeann, I'm so pleased you've enjoyed reading this interview. It's always interesting discovering the influences/motivations behind artists of any kind and I'm so glad you've appreciated this example of that! Thanks so much and have a lovely week :)

      Gabrielle x

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