Featured Artist: Matt Simons

July 31, 2013

With a Buncearoo show on the horizon this weekend at Foundation Gallery & Liveroom, singer-songwriter Matt Simons is our featured artist of the week. We reached out to Simons to talk about his back story, influences, his record Pieces, and more.

Catch Matt Simons & one of our other featured artists, Chris Ayer, this Saturday night (8/3) at Foundation Gallery & Liveroom. Tickets are available at www.buncearoo.com

Could you tell us a little about your story and how you went into the path of becoming a musician?

Music has been in my life since I was very young. In my teens I played guitar, saxophone and piano before choosing the path of studying jazz saxophone at the conservatory of music at Purchase College in NY. While at school, I recorded my first piano – singer/songwriter record and decided instead to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter instead. I’ve been playing shows around NYC and touring the US and abroad ever since.

What musicians past or present influence you and the music you make?

The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson. Some more current artists are Ray Lamontagne, John Mayer and Chris Thile.

You released your record Pieces last year. How has the reception been the album since then?

It was slow for about 8 months until earlier this year in the Netherlands after my song ‘With You’ was featured in an episode of a popular Dutch TV show, it jumped to #6 on the iTunes charts there and has since gotten to Gold status.

From songwriting to recording, can you tell us a little about the creative process for the record?

I wrote the songs over the past 4 years or so. My songwriting process is often sporadic. Sometimes I’ll go months without writing a song which is why it took so long to get enough songs I was proud of for a full length recording. I made the album down in Nashville with Producer Stephen Gause in January of 2012 with some amazing Nashville studio musicians.

You recently recorded some videos for The Living Room Series, one along with your fellow musician Chris Ayer. How were those to shoot?

Really fun! I love capturing live performances and I thought the videographer Sacha Cesena did a really great job.

Speaking of Chris Ayer, you and he have a Buncearoo show coming up in our area. What do you look forward to most when it comes to playing new venues?

Every venue has a unique vibe and story. But mostly, we play shows to see who’s going to show up in the audience, that’s the main thing.

You’ve played many shows out the country and even have some on the upcoming schedule. What’s been your favorite country to play in thus far?

Back in April, I had my first sold-out solo headline tour in the Netherlands. It was amazing to play 8 shows to a combined 2600 people and to top it all off, my friend Chris Ayer opened all of the shows.

Current guilty pleasure musician?

Robin Thicke, but I don’t feel that guilty about it.

Thanks for talking to us at Pick-Up. Any last shout outs for the readers out there?

Hope to see you on Saturday!

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