Queensland singer-songwriter Scot Matthew released his fantastic album, Gallantry’s Favorite Son, stateside this week and he was gracious enough to take some time to answer our bothersome questions. Take a look at what Scott has to say about being compared to David Bowie, moving to New York, and just how he made what has become one of our favorite records of the year.
EB: I’d like to spend a little time talking about your start in music. The music on Gallantry’s Favorite Son has a very distinct style, and it seems to me that it was a style you developed very early as a recording artist. What influenced your particular songwriting style? How do you feel you have evolved as a performer over the last ten years.
EB: You’ve relocated to New York from Queensland, Australia. Tim Minchin recently spoke in an interview about the relative isolation of growing up in Perth and how it influenced his personality. Obviously, Perth is *a bit* more off the beaten path than Queensland, but I was wondering if you felt something similar and whether or not that has become part of your music.
EB: New York is a culture shock even for Americans, let alone for someone from another country. Some people find the city extremely isolating while others fit right in. How was the transition for you?
EB: Have you been able to make it back home at all since the move?
EB: You’ve drawn quite a few comparisons from critics (including myself) to David Bowie and Antony. I also drew some comparisons to David Ackles and Paul Williams. How do you feel about those kinds of comparisons? Obviously, it can hardly be considered a insult to be compared to Bowie. Did he have an influence on you as a younger man? Who do you hear in your head when you are singing?
EB: I’d like to talk for a moment about your writing and recording process. The compositions on this new record are fairly complex for pop songs. How does your writing process begin? Did you come into the studio with a completed arrangement, or was that something you worked out during the recording?
EB: My favorite track from Gallantry is definitely “No Place Called Hell”. Now, you’ve been living in the center of the Occupy movement, and this song sounds to me like it should be a battle cry for the protestors (though, the most jaunty battle cry of all time). What role does politics play for you as a songwriter? Have you been to Zucati?
EB: The songs you write sound like they could be a bit difficult to play live without some tinkering. How do you rearrange for live performances? Are there any plans to hitting the road to support Gallantry?
EB: Alright, I always have to set aside some time for the fun trivia.
- Favorite record released last year?
- Favorite David Bowie record?
- Favorite place to grab a coffee in New York?
- What venue would you most like to play?
- Who has the better beard: TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone, Jim James, or you?
EB: Alright, that’s all of the time I’m willing to steal from you. Thank you very much for the time.
Thanks for checking out our discussion with Scott Matthew. You can (and should) snag his newest album from Glitterhouse Records. You can also find him online at his very own website. We would like to thank Scott for so generously and honestly devoting his time and Spencer at Girlie Action Media for being so easy to work with and helping facilitate our talk.