Raised on backyard jam sessions and good surf, man behind the music Matt Gresham is a down to earth Aussie artist who dreams big. Though a talkative and sunny personality, Matt wields a quiet intensity on stage that can truly hold a room, his audiences enthralled by a feather-light falsetto that skips the ears and flies straight for the heart.
What inspired you to begin a career in music?
Storytelling if I had one word to describe why I started music. I fell in love with how an artist can tell a story through different mediums. I grew up in a very creative family with my mother playing acoustic music to me when I was a kid, her drive and creative side kept me inspired and continues to do so today.
You have been quoted that music helps you make sense of your life – please elaborate
100%! I feel for me personally it’s a journal I can pour my heart into, to let out emotions in a positive light. It’s also so therapeutic when you travel so much to capture cultures and share what you’ve learnt from your journeys through music
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Talib Kweli, David Ryan Harris, Ben Harper, Ed Sheeran, Susan Gresham (my mum),
Your new single ‘Home’ is a collaboration with LA songwriter Jaymes Young – can you tell how you guys met and the creative process?
I met Jaymes in Maroubra, a little Sydney beach suburb in Australia at a pizza joint sitting with one of the best vocalists to ever live and a good friend of mine Gary Pinto. James and I hit it off instantly, we understood each other creatively. We were in the studio together later that day…
‘Home’ was written in Jayme’s home studio in LA about 6 months later. It’s funny how some people you just naturally gel with, so much good has come out of that friendship. I respect him and his craft to no end and the process is always so much fun when we have worked together.
In all your years of playing music, what is the biggest thing you’ve learnt about yourself?
Listening is more important than speaking (you can call me Yoda, my friends do [laughs]). I’ve also learnt how to connect with people more honestly through having balance in my own life
Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?
The music itself is what gets me through hard times. Playing it, writing it, listening to it. Music is a healer and helps me to focus on what’s important. If all else fails Mum’s usually got some pretty sound advice [laughs]!
Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?
The biggest wow moment for me so far has been when my favourite lyricist, hip hop artist Talib Kweli emailed me a verse for my song Open. It was as if he had researched everything about me from where I grew up, to the relationships I’ve had, to the genres I love and painted it on a canvas for me. My head almost blew up!!
What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?
I have an album scheduled for release in August, I will drop a few singles between now and then. A few summer festivals in Germany. I will be spending some time this year touring Europe and then back in Australia, life on the road chasing waves and connections with audiences… I mean can you think of a better way to spend your life!?! I am very fortunate.
Oh, and a number one song of course!
Home is available now via Apple Music and all major digital outlets.
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