Interview - Matt Wescott
Somerset-based singer-songwriter Matt Wescott is a name to remember. He has established a high bar for himself by working with Portishead in the studio, supporting artists like Razorlight and Fionn Regan live, and receiving a director's award from Paramount Songs. He has set the standards high ahead of his debut single release ‘Nice To Meet You’.
Taken from his forthcoming extended play, Echoes Around The Sun, ‘Nice To Meet You’ is an upbeat and catchy track infused with genre-blending elements of pop, rock, indie, and country.
Matt Wescott comments on the release of ‘Nice To Meet You’, “The track is about an artist rediscovering their creative inner child."
We sat down with Matt Wescott to discuss his music and much more. Here's what he had to say:
Hey Matt Wescott, welcome to FLEX! How are you?
Hi FLEX! I am well thank you. Looking forward to the single dropping next week and then playing at Lakefest next weekend.
Congratulations on your new single ‘Nice to Meet You’ - what inspired this particular track?
Musically it was originally inspired by The Rolling Stones but I’m not sure how much of that remains in the finished article. Lyrically it is about someone getting in touch with their creative inner child.
And do you have to be in a certain mood to write?
Not really. My songs quite often express my moods. I guess I need a bit of peace and quiet or to be in ‘the zone’ when finishing a song but the original flash of inspiration can come at any time and when in any mood.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was really exciting and happy. 13 Sound Studios in a little village in Somerset is a very creative, inspiring space and I worked with some quality musicians too. The writing process was a bit out of the ordinary for me in that I co-wrote it remotely with a really cool guy called Ethan Mentzer that I’ve never actually met in person. His input was invaluable and it would definitely have been a different beast without it.
For viewers that don’t know Matt Wescott, how would you describe your sound?
I write mainly guitar-driven music. I am obsessed with melody and harmony so hopefully both those things are prominent in my sound. Melodic indie pop might be a good description for people who’ve never heard me before.
And what are some of those activities that you engage yourself in when you aren't writing or recording in the studio?
When I’m not making music my other big obsession is football. I watch my local team Weston-super-Mare as often as I can and my son is also in their academy so I go to almost all his games. I also like to cook for friends and my kids.