We're fans of your music! Can you share how you developed your very unique vocal style and how you started singing?
MatT: Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. Honestly, I’ve been singing my whole life. My mom would sing to me constantly when I was growing up and as soon as I had the motor skills I joined in. It was never something I thought about doing as a career though. I wanted to be an equine vet for most of my life. But that went out the window pretty quick after I took chemistry in college. It wasn’t until I was 23 or 24 and had moved out to Los Angeles that I decided music was the only thing I wanted to pursue. I was pretty lost and uninspired, and then I went and saw Florence and the Machine at the Hollywood Bowl. I vividly remember watching her run around barefoot while singing her f___ing face off and thinking, “That is what I’m supposed to be doing!"
AA: Tell us more about the influence of magic within your music.
MatT: I think there’s a little part inside of everyone that believes in magic to some degree or another. For me it’s become a huge part of my life! I mean, at the end of the day, magic is just an intentional shifting of the energy around you. It happens every day all the time. In my experience, music has the ability to move more energy in a large number of people than anything else. When I write music, when I perform, I do it with the intention to shift the energy of the people who come to hear me. I want them to really feel the connection they all share to one another, to feel the emotions expressed in my songs. I want to take them on an adventure! I truly believe that music is going to play a huge part in making this world a better place to be and I want to be a part of it.
AA: Favorites from your current release?
MatT: I have a song I wrote called Amandine about an incredible woman I know. She’s a magical witch from France who works for the United Nations. I told her when we last saw each other that I was going to write a song about her and this is what came out. It’s my version of Rhiannon! I have so much fun singing it.
AA: How do you feel about the music scene in Los Angeles?
MatT: I love it! I love that on any given day I can go to a any number of venues and see amazing musicians at the beginning of their careers and also at the pinnacle of their careers! And for like 10 bucks! that’s so rad! I hope that it continues to grow. I’ve seen a bunch of amazing venues close down since I’ve lived here and I hope I don’t see any more landmarks go the same way.
AA: Who has been your greatest music supporter and cheerleader along your journey?
MatT: Honestly, my dad is my biggest supporter. Both of my parents are, and my mom was the person who started me singing, but since I’ve set out to make this my career my dad has been my most galvanizing advocate. He would be the first to say that the music industry is way out of his wheelhouse. He’s a finance guy and a corporate America success story. The Arts world isn’t where he shines. But he loves music and he really believes in me. At times he’s been frustrated because he hasn’t known how he can help me achieve my dreams, but he’s always been my number one supporter and that has made all the difference. I wouldn’t be anywhere today if not for him.
AA: What will be happening in 2020 for Mark and The Tiger?
MatT: A lot more live performances! I’ve spent the last few years doing so much writing. Now I have this huge body of music that I can’t wait for people to hear.
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