Singer and songwriter Matthew Huff is an independent artist, making his own way as a fusion genre’d artist with a mix best described as a little bit of Keith Urban, John Mayer, John Mellencamp, and James Taylor all rolled up in to one. A country rooted artist with several musical genre inspirations. Matthew is nominated for three awards at the IMC Awards held at the esteemed Clive Davis (Grammy) Theater in Los Angeles. Album of the Year (Give It All I Got), Country Male Artist of the Year, and Country Song of the Year ( A Little Bit of Crown). He was also recently awarded a 2015 Independent Music Network Award for Favourite Country Single (A Little Bit of Crown). Kool Country spent some time asking him some in-depth questions…
Who inspired you to go into the world of music?
My love for music was instilled at an early age. I can remember wearing some blue star rimmed glasses at my nan and papa’s house on their ol’ upright piano. I grew up with a love for the rock monster ballads of the 80’s which transcended in to the harmonies of 90’s country music and on in to the millennium with the harmonies of N’Sync and Backstreet Boys. I’ve always been a fan of great harmonies in all genres of music.
I don’t have just one person who inspired me to begin a music career. There have been many hands in the forming of my career and one is no more important than the other.
What made you choose Country music?
It’s the greatest genre of music and fans on the planet. Country is like a late night date night, a conversation with your grandpa, a heritage passed down from generation to generation, all rolled up in to one and supported by some of the most loyal fans in the world.
I didn’t choose country music; the music chose me. Though I wouldn’t single my music out to just be classified as country. When I begin the process of writing a song I do feel that the style of country music is reflected in my music. For inspiration I draw on life experiences such as the way I was raised and events in my life which become the starting point when I begin writing a song.
At what age did you want to become a singer?
As far back as I can remember. I would say somewhere around 5 or 6 years old. If the radio was playing music, I was singing it.
What is on your iPod’s most played list?
John Mayer, Eric Church, Keith Urban
What was the first record you ever bought?
The first real record I ever bought was a John Cougar Mellencamp record and ironically enough the last one I’ve bought was also Mellencamp.
If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
Piano…it’s one of the most beautiful instruments when played well. It just speaks to you differently than a guitar and has sense of prestige that comes with it.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Not to be cliché’, but music. It’s the healer of a broken heart, the best medicine for a long day, the party that’s about the break loose in your body, and even bad karaoke can sound good when you’re living’ the dream of music. Music is Power!
Do you prefer “Classic” Country or “New” Country?
I’m not sure I can choose one as I like different styles associated with both. I would say thought that my favorite country is still and may forever be 90’s country. There’s a certain ‘realness” to it that has been tossed in today’s top 40. Recently some artists have begun to record songs reflective of the older style of country music which is a well-deserved testament to the talented country artist of the past that have influenced a lot of today’s country singer/songwriters.
Do you have any superstitions or routines that you do before you perform?
I’m not a very superstitious person however, I do tend to always say a prayer before a show, especially with the guys before a full band performance.
If you could work with anybody, who would you choose to collaborate with and why?
John Mayer would be my all-time list topper for collaboration. Mayer has such a flare for songwriting. His ability to capture you with his lyrics and great guitar licks is second to none.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully still fortunate enough to be relevant enough to write, record, and perform great music.
What do you do to “relax”?
I grew up on my Uncle’s 2000-acre farm, in the hills of north Arkansas. So for me anytime I can get away for a few days I come back to the farm, ride the dirt roads I grew up on, help feed the cattle, haul hay or spend a little time on the Spring River. If it’s November through January, you won’t find me anywhere except in a timber hole huntin’ ducks. I’m an avid hunter, so anytime I can get away for a few days during season, that’s my kind of relaxation. I recently wrote a song that will be released on my upcoming album called “Sixty Days”. It is a song about duck hunting but the message in the song is about the time spent with family and friends, strengthening bonds and building memories. I posted a video of the song on my Facebook page, as of April it has received over 207,000 views and an additional 6,000 views on YouTube.
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Christmas time is by far my favorite time of year. I’m not much into the gifting aspect of it, but what I call the aroma of Christmas. I love the spirit that surrounds Christmas.
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