Wednesday 19 February 2020

Backstage with Matt Coldrey

Gigs in the Himalayas, drinking with Lilly Allen and inspirational elephants – it’s all in SoGlos’s latest backstage interview with Matt Coldrey.

Matt, tell our readers a little bit about yourself

My name is Matt Coldrey, I sing and write pop-folk music and have been doing so for about two years now. I am originally from Devon, but moved up to Cheltenham in 2009.

When I’m not making music I’m a bit of a rugby lad as I play both Union and League, so that keeps me out of trouble!

What material do you have out at the moment?

My latest EP is called Elephant. It’s probably best described as energetic melancholic acoustic folk if that makes any sense?

Um, we’ll have to look that one up! And how did you come up with the album title, Elephant?

It’s a bit of a long story, basically it comes from my inspirational mother who told me about Hannibal’s elephants, and how together, they achieved an amazing feat by scaling the Alps. She painted a picture to remind me of the story when times got hard.

That’s beautiful. So how do you come up with your music, what inspires you to write?

Reading a book will get me going, but it comes from all around really. I often play and write late at night to calm my brain, the resulting songs are usually pretty terrible but sometimes there’s a keeper.

Who would you say your main influences are?

My main influences are Damien Rice, Chet Faker, Foals, Daughter, Laura Marling and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

And what music would we find on your iTunes list?

Well I’ve always been a huge fan of the late 90’s ska punk and pop punk movement, so bands like Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, RX Bandits, Lagwagon and Blink 182.

But nowadays I like more chilled stuff as well, so artists like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Chet Faker, Damien Rice, Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club and Of Monsters and Men. And I love Deep House, so you’ll find Wanklemutt, Robin Schluz, Touris and Bonobo on the list!

Eclectic taste! You recently played at the University of Gloucestershire’s summer ball, how was that?

Yes, it was amazing. I had played the previous year on the student stage, but this year I played on the main stage which was wicked. I had a right laugh with Scouting for Girls back stage which was cool, but not as good as last year when I was drinking with Pro Green and Lilly Allen until 4am in the morning!

That’s amazing, so would you say the Racecourse is your favourite venue you’ve played at?

That’s a tough one, obviously the Racecourse is huge so it was a good experience, but then the Frog and Fiddle have a good little set up. I think my fave is the Swan Inn in the function room out the back. A quality little venue with some nice lighting, just a nice vibe.

Where would you most like to play in the world?

I’d love to play up a mountain somewhere in Nepal, or Buthan in the Himalayas, I think there’s something so natural and spiritual about playing music in beautiful settings.

That sound like it would be an impressive venue. Coming back to Gloucestershire though, what’s the best local gig you’ve been to?

There’s been a few local artists that I’ve enjoyed watching, but the best one I saw was a band called the Stress Echoes at what was the Sound Music Venue in Cheltenham. Very enjoyable gig.

Who would you most like to support?

I’d love to play with Ben Howard, I think the music he makes is unbelievable, he so talented. The only problem would be I’d look really bad playing with him, but it would be amazing.

Who would you most like to record with?

I really fancy doing some housey stuff, so I’d love the chance to record with Wanklemutt or Robin Schluz as I’ve been a fan of them for a few years now.

So, let’s find out if you have a rock ’n’ roll lifestyle, have you ever had a groupie stalk you?

I can’t say that I have, either that or they are very good at stalking…

Have you ever done something you really regret in the morning?

Oh of course, most weeks of my university life in fact.

And have you ever smashed a guitar on stage?

No, I’m very poor and I love my guitars too much.

Recommend one album to our readers you don’t think they will have discovered.

Gotta be Chet Faker’s Thinking In Textures, amazing deep and soulful album from Australia.

What advice would you give to local artists trying to make it in the industry?

Just take all the opportunities that come your way. Open mic nights are always a good way of networking with existing artists, but I think most of all enjoy it as much as you can because that’ll give you the drive to keep on going when it gets tough.

And lastly, where can our readers see you perform in the next month or two?

I’m playing at the annual Tash Bash at Park Campus on Monday 24 November2014 and at the Frog and Fiddle on Thursday 4 December 2014 for a university club fundraiser.

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By Alice Lloyd

© SoGlos
Thursday 16 October 2014

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