Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Matt Scott to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from the West of Scotland, a town called Kilmarnock famed for its whisky – until a big company came and shifted it (bastards).
I first got into music singing at my uncle’s wedding when I was 3 years old. But more seriously, I played in a number of bands at school and in the years following. I was then writing songs for others then decided to give singing a bash on a guide track. Then I just decided to go it alone.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was really young, I can remember my first favourite song ever being ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King. Thin Lizzy changed my life. So did Bob Dylan. These artists had the largest impact on me deciding to play and write music. From them I went on a journey through a lot of classic rock but adored the roots of the folk revival in America and the progression thereafter. The soul music of Frankie Miller also had a big impact as I went on.
Right now I really like Leon Bridges and First Aid Kit, just to name a couple. My absolute favourite at the moment is Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (met him years ago when he was solo – good lad).
The likes of Dylan, Tom Waits, and Springsteen have omnipresent influence with lots that I do.
How would you describe your sound?
I’ve moved from a folky sort of band feel (compared by others like the Waterboys) to a more driven and energetic sound. I’m really trying to big up the sound and feel on recent tracks. It’s hard for me to put in a genre. Feedback has likened it from anything from The Strokes to Bruce Springsteen – I can’t complain with those comparisons.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
‘All Out Of Sorts’ has been an idea for a wee while. Kept trying to explain how it should sound to people before I recorded it (we did it at a festival last month and trying to communicate how we should do it to the band was even tough). I think it is captured well enough to communicate now though. I guess there’s a sense of ‘world-gone-wrong’ with ideas of struggling but moving on. It’s rather vague, but the song should communicate it better. All I kept saying was “It needs to be Bangin’ and Relentless, start-to-finish”.
What’s your local music scene like?
My town does well compared to others similarly sized. We’ve had The Libertines very recently, and due to have Jake Bugg, The Coral etc soon at a festival called The Dirty Weekender (check it out).
As far as Glasgow goes, there’s always something on. Like a lot of places it can be a who-knows-who to get any sort of recognition. I just work hard and hope that it’s enough for people to enjoy and share.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
There is a plan to perhaps release another single or two. I’m interested in how people will gauge these compared to my debut EP last year.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
John Prine, Tom Waits or Springsteen would be decent eh? I’d join anyone on stage who’d have me.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Playing in NYC and Nashville. They seemed to really enjoy the sets I played, but could not understand a single word in between performances. They are receptive to tone though, so would “YEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!!” at appropriate intervals. Sometimes I also forget the words to my own songs, and so make them up on stage. Not many folk actually know who I am, so it works.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I’d love to sing you a song.
I can make an incredibly good lasagna, and I take it very, very seriously.