Interview: Matt Saxton

Matt Saxton is a British singer-songwriter and musician with a catchy folk-rock sound, as displayed in his song It’s Alright, which we reviewed. If you haven’t listened to it yet (and why not?!) then you can check it out at the end of this interview!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled It’s Alright, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

Thanks for the review! It’s Alright is about companionship. As the flush of youthful passion subsides, the pull of companionship between a couple hopefully becomes greater. It’s Alright is about being lucky enough to be with someone special as you grow old.

It can be purchased from all the usual online places like Apple Music etc., and it is of course on Spotify and Soundcloud.

You’ve been releasing music for a while now. Have you any plans to release a new EP or album anytime soon?

Yes, I am releasing a new album in September.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

In some ways it has helped, because I had more time at home and was therefore able to record a lot of the demos for the album during the lock downs.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

The writing process for me can be rather slow. It takes time to find a subject matter or something I want to say, to kick the song off. Once I have an idea, then usually the song comes together quickly. I do play the piano and guitar most days to try and find chords and melodies I want to take further.

As a multi-instrumentalist, I record pretty comprehensive demos with all the parts worked out at home. I have recorded my last two albums at the Animal Farm Studios in London. The studio is great and I am really pleased with the level of production.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

It’s Alright is the fourth single released from the album so that is it until the album comes out. I am working on new demos though, so I would like to get some of them recorded properly and hopefully released as singles before the end of 2022.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the local music scene like?

I live in a village called Burwash Common in East Sussex. Roger Daltrey from The Who lives down the road (in a much bigger house!) but it is unlikely I will get to play with him! Hastings and Brighton are not that far away and they both have great music scenes. I am also a one hour train ride to London so there are plenty of opportunities to meet up with musicians, studios and live stuff.

Your music is rather folky, also having elements of Americana within it. What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I am a big Neil Young fan and I love the way he has used folk, country and rock throughout his music. From the oldies, Neil Young, Bowie, The Who and Leonard Cohen would be the biggest influences. I find myself coming back to John Grants Queen of Denmark and Pale Green Ghosts albums. I have also been listening to Damon Albarn’s new album.

For radio it is BBC 6 Music which I love. I wish they would play my songs!
I have also been discovering a lot of artists through independent Spotify playlists where my songs have been added. One of the singers I really like is a French guy called Wellens.

Do you have any tour dates lined up in the UK?

I don’t but I would love to set up something for the future. I first need to get a live band together which is something I am working on. It is not easy to find the players who can replicate the album though, without paying session musicians.

Why do you think people should come and see you live, and what can fans expect from one of your shows?

Good question! To find out that I am a real person and not just an online invention. Joking aside, hopefully they would come to hear the songs with a great live band.

Any last words for the fans?

Thanks for listening. It is very much appreciated.