Credit: Matt Millard
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Credit: Matt Millard
Self produced Singer / Songwriter Matt Millard provides 'an alluring and refreshing blend of folk and pop that takes a different route from the rest’ - Wolf In A Suit.
Drawing influences from recent folk revival artists such as Justin Vernon and Ben Howard, Matt’s music combines intricate acoustic melodies with a warm yet melancholy vocal.
Millard first appeared in late 2016 with early demos ‘Berlin’ and ‘Palace’ and soon became a fond favourite of BBC Introducing, with regular air-time, along with performing live on air. The following Autumn saw Matt up his game, with his first official single release ‘Salt’ , offering a more textured and atmospheric production that was again championed by the BBC, described as ’Absolutely Gorgeous’.
Now with a growing loyal following Matt Millard has released his debut EP ‘Take Me Anywhere - EP’. Preceded by the beautifully yearning lead single and EP title track ‘Take Me Anywhere’ described by Wolf In A Suit as "a song that has the magic and capacity to become a modern day anthem".
"'Take Me Anywhere' is a raw and moving cut combining atmospheric, contemporary folk with post punk nuances, offering a tender, emotionally charged listening experience that gains more memento, more confidence and more beauty as it progresses."
When The Horn Blows
What’s your back-story? Unintentionally, I tend to write honest songs, taking the form of either open letters directed towards myself or words of endearment to loved ones. But I think there are themes in my songs that we can all relate to... the struggles of growing up, striving to better ourselves and aspiring to reach our dreams in a world where we are told anything is possible.
What are you working on at the moment? I am currently working on an EP which I plan to release in the new year. I'm really excited about how its sounding so far and can't wait to share it with everyone.
What's the first song you remember hearing? 'The Dock of The Bay' by Otis Redding
You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? I absolutely hate karaoke... I think it may be the most awkward creation ever... However I did once sing 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl' by Jet in a Karaoke bar in Moscow, although this was at about 4am after far too many shots of Vodka.
What was the first gig you went to? The Cribs at the old Birmingham Carling Academy. Still to this day, it's one of the best gigs I've ever been to.
Which song do you wish you'd written? 'Transmission' by Joy Division. Every time I hear it I have to stop what I'm doing, turn it up and do nothing other than listen. Such a great track and still sounds current today.
Which song changed your life? Listening to Voodoo Child by Hendrix as a young kid was an eye opener to the possibilities of what different sounds a guitar could make. I didn't put my guitar down for many years after hearing that.
Which song would you like played at your funeral? 'Sing me to Sleep' by The Smiths
What song is stuck in your head right now?I'm a bit out of touch with whats out at the moment, but the new National record 'Sleep Well Beast' is just an absolute effortless masterclass in alternative rock. I've had that on repeat lately. Also Tom Grennan is releasing some great music, love his track 'Praying'.
What was the first Album you bought? Heathen Chemistry by Oasis
Which song made you want to play music? I can't pin it down to one song... But I've been bought up around music, a combination of my Dad's Zeppelin and Pink Floyd records combined with my Mum's love for Soul and Motown was definitely a good starting point.