An Interview with Matthew John Kurz

Ellie D Chats with Matthew John Kurz

Ellie D Chats with Matthew John Kurz

Where did your musical journey begin?

I have memories of being in elementary school writing songs during class, organizing “singing groups” with my other classmates and always making sure I was the lead singer haha. Eventually, I was writing songs and recording them on a cassette player. Even way back then, I was attracted to the whole music making process - writing, producing, recording. 

What’s your proudest career moment to date?

Getting signed to my first publishing deal, for sure. It was so crazy to me to be acknowledged for doing something that I enjoy doing. It was that “aha” moment - when I was like, “Hey, I might be able to make something happen with this!”

What’s coming up for you over the next 12 months?

When I released “I Wanna Be That Guy” I just thought of it as a feeler. I had no set expectations, so seeing it jump up to the #12 spot on Spotify’s Viral Top 50 in a weeks time was really exciting. I wrote and produced the track as well. Seeing something that I created from scratch get the reception it did was an awesome feeling.  I guess the pressure is on now, huh?! The goal is to have a 5 song EP out soon. 

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Who is the inspiration behind your music?

I wouldn’t necessarily say there is a “who” behind it all. I was somewhat of an introvert through grade school and, through song, I was able to write myself into stories that I’d never experienced. I get inspired by observing others and hearing their stories. There’s so much I haven’t been through yet. You could say that by writing these songs I’m somewhat preparing myself for these situations.

Which music artists have influenced your musical style?

I love 80’s & 90’s music! Even now, I go back to those songs and they stick a giant smile on my face. I want my music to do the same for someone else. You can call it nostalgia, but I feel that music was a lot more fun back then. My musical choices are definitely inspired by the artists of those eras.

What words of wisdom do you have for upcoming music artists?

There are very few people who will fight for you harder than you’d fight for yourself. Have thick skin - there will be ten ‘No’s for one ‘Yes’, and it’s very easy to let that discourage you. I strongly believe that if you stay true to who you are and put that in all that you do, you are bound to succeed.