Q&A with Matt Ryan ahead of his debut single release, ‘You Can Do Anything’, on Friday 26 June.

The cheeky & charming Londoner, Matt Ryan, is set to release his debut single, ‘You Can Do Anything’, on June 26th, 2020. Matt left behind a successful sales career to follow his dream of writing and performing as an artist. ‘You Can Do Anything’ reveals the thoughts and feelings that arose from this leap of faith, the decision not coming without an awareness of the risk in this extreme change of lifestyle, as Matt references in the second verse:
”Just a memory that has faded for good, I do what I want rather than what I should.”
It is about having the courage to take gambles in life when the time arises; steering you towards your passion.
Having already gained support with Vibe Radio & BBC Radio Nottingham spinning the single prior to release, the risk seems to be paying off. The 24 year old became obsessed with the idea of bringing people together through music in his teens, and recalls his first concert as being the moment his passion began. Matt is determined to impact his listeners in the same way:
‘‘My goal is to make people feel how I felt after seeing my first concert; the complete euphoria and elation that stays with you.’’
Get to know this exciting young artist below:
Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?
I used to love all the early 2000’s pop like Scouting for Girls, Take That, Maroon 5 and Busted as a kid which is why I started bashing them out on the piano and trying to write my own music. I loved the big band sound I could hear from songs like that. Any opportunity I had to hear that type of thing whether it was a live gig or a musical theatre show, I was just really blown away by the musicians and how it all came together. 
What are some of your key musical influences?
I grew up listening to all the greats like Elton John and Billy Joel and Madness but then I built my own interest in pop/rock bands like U2, Coldplay, and Ryan Tedder of One Republic. I have taken great influence from DJ’s like Martin Garrix, Tiesto and Avicii as well. This has really helped me shape songs with more dramatic effect and power.
If you could paint a picture of your unique sound, what would it look like?
I always like my songs to be punchy and interesting from the get go. I tend to always start on the piano using elegant chord progressions as a template, and then later adding powerfully building synths and guitar parts to compliment it all. I like to think it has a lot of colour, but also quite simplistic. I like the sound to reflect the different moods and emotions we all go through in life. 
Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?
I like to start with the music first. Most of the time I’ll just be jamming on the piano by myself or with my guitarist, trying to mesh together ideas. Melodies that don’t get used still continue to float around in my head, even for years in some cases, and can end up slotting perfectly into place with something fresh later on, which is great. Once I’ve got a good gage on whether it’s strong and if I believe in it, I’ll start to focus on a subject matter and lyrics that match the feel of the music and come up with some vocals.
What gets your creative juices flowing?
Being completely relaxed, taking inspiration from an experience I’ve had or something that’s been on my mind, and then finding the right moment to sit down and translate this through music. It’s not always possible, but trying not to be pressured by a time limit helps. In my experience, the best moments have come from a moment of carelessness or lack of attention, where I’ve drifted off and then caught myself actually thinking up something exciting.
As an artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?
We live in a time where it’s so easy to access new music, which is great, but we also see music that’s designed to make a quick impression on our decreasing attention spans. It circulates so fast and gains mass exposure but the songs can be forgotten about as quickly as they surface. 
You used to buy an album, listen to the whole thing and really invest in it, and so I hope my music can have a lasting impression and stay with people for a long time.
Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.
I enjoy bringing people together with sing along moments throughout the show. I like to be completely myself and aim for this to shine through in the best way possible. I always bear in mind these moments when writing new music, as I think its a key element of a live show.
What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
Recently I did a few intimate gigs to test out new material and the response was really motivating. Lots of people I’d never met were praising my passion when performing and were keen to find out where they could find my music.
Musicians are encouraged to promote themselves and I’d been working on this, but this time the music was speaking for itself and I could sense the crowd connecting with it and the excitement growing. This is all you really hope for as for as an emerging artist. 
What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?
The dream is to be able to do this for a living; to share my music as an artist alongside writing for other singers too. Success is putting on unforgettable shows that create the euphoria that I experienced at my first concert. I came away from that gig feeling completely elated, inspired and as if there was no reason that couldn’t be me up there. 
Continuing to grow as a songwriter is also key. I believe if I do this, I’ll gain everything I set out to achieve. 
What’s on your current playlist?
I am currently listening to Tom Misch’s new album “What Kinda Music”. I think it’s fantastic and a real showcase of an Artist that is able to do exactly what he wants without diluting his style. It’s great to see people are reacting so well to it. 
I’m also listening to Maisie Peters , who I think is a really talented pop writer. I love her simplicity.
Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you in the near future?
After my debut release I can’t wait to share the singles I’ve been working on for 2020 release and also perform my songs live. There’s always a nervous excitement to see how they’ll be received, but a lot of hard work and love has gone into these songs and I’m proud of what I’ve created. Beyond that, watch this space I guess!
Famous last words?
Don’t have any regrets, grab opportunities whilst you can, and HAVE FUN with it.

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