He sings songs about love, family, travelling, loss and heartbreak, and his soulful, powerful voice captivates audiences across the country. We are happy to introduce you to a talented musician – Matt Burke !
[Blaster] Thank you for your time! What music did you grow up listening to?
Matt Burke: I remember being really young and listening to the oldies station on the radio when I went to sleep at night: lots of soul, R&B, Motown, 50’s pop… stuff like that. Once I got a little older, my dad started sharing his vinyl collection with me and started introducing me to some of his favorite artists. He loved country – Merle Haggard, Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Johnny Paycheck, Waylon – but he also loved artists like Pink Floyd, Dire Straights, The Eagles, Genesis, and Peter Gabriel. I think being exposed to a wide variety of music at an early age taught me to appreciate and enjoy a wide variety of music throughout my life.
[Blaster] How did you become involved in music production?
Matt Burke: When I was in 8th grade, I was in an alt-rock band called Albino Meat Machine – we were really proud of that name LOL. We managed to pool our money and record a quick 4 song demo at a small studio in Daytona Beach and I was HOOKED on studio recording from that point forward.
[Blaster] How would you describe your musical style?
Matt Burke: I’d say it’s Americana with an alt-country lean.
[Blaster] Who writes your songs?
Matt Burke: Up until a couple of years ago, I wrote the majority of my songs myself. Since moving to Nashville, I’d say 90% of my songs are co-writes.
[Blaster] Is there a hidden meaning in your music?
Matt Burke: Well, I don’t hide the MEANING of songs in a hope that folks will discover it: most times, I am telling a story with my songs so the primary meaning is apparent. However, I love writing from a place where the story I’m telling could be interpreted differently by each unique listener – I think that’s the mark of a really great song.
[Blaster] Do you collaborate with other musicians? What is that process?
Matt Burke: Absolutely. I co-write with about a dozen other folks at any given time, about 4-5 times per week. I am a member of several online songwriting communities and there’s lots of song critique, evaluation, and editing work involved there. My producer lives in East Nashville, and I work with session musicians in Nashville, LA, Chicago, and Florida for my releases.
[Blaster] What skills have you learned that will help you in your music career?
Matt Burke: Haha do we mean creatively or practically? Creatively, I have really focused on learning as much as I can about every facet of the songwriting process and I feel that my songs have become much stronger as a result. I’ve brushed up on my music theory since I’ve moved to town as well, and that’s helped me better communicate with other musicians and write more interesting melodies. Practically, I’ve gotten really good at budgeting, organization, scheduling, and time management…. I’m still working on stress management
[Blaster] Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organization?
Matt Burke: I do all my own publishing through Matt Burke Music. I’m a member of the Americana Music Association, Folk Alliance International, and The Southeast Regional Folk Association.
[Blaster] Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
Matt Burke: Everywhere! I’ve heard it said that a songwriter’s job is to absorb every possible life experience and channel those experiences into relatable songs and that’s the approach I take. I do my best to fill my life with EXPERIENCES, since that’s where most of my inspiration comes from.
[Blaster] What are the main topics for most of your songs? Do you think topics will change overtime?
Matt Burke: I seem to write a lot about living life to the fullest and not wasting any time. Travel comes up as a recurrent theme too. Of course matters of the heart work their way into my songs from time to time. And whiskey: for a while, “whiskey” kept popping up in every song I was writing so I had to make a conscious effort to not write whiskey songs for a minute there.
[Blaster] What are you working on right now? Did you release something in the past?
Matt Burke: LOTS of stuff. I’m dropping my second single – “Roses” – on Feb 5th and my third single – “Please Come Over” – on March 5th. My producer and I have about 12 songs we’re working on right now and we’re trying to sort them into singles, EPs, maybe a full length album… it’s exciting stuff! Lots of new music coming down the line in 2021.
[Blaster] What do you feel is the best song you ever released and why?
Matt Burke: Oh wow… how do I even go about making that determination? I believe that each new song I release is my best song, since it represents the best effort I can give as the songwriter I presently am.
[Blaster] Who are you inspired by?
Matt Burke: Otis Redding, Chris Stapleton, Peter Gabriel, Sturgill Simpson, Willie Watson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, John Paul White, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Tommy Emmanuel, Keith Richards and Bear Grylls.
[Blaster] What would be your dream collaboration, with any musician or producer?
Matt Burke: I would love to have Dave Cobb produce my album – that man has produced some of my favorite albums and artists of all time!
[Blaster] How do you balance your music with other obligations – school, hobby, job?
Matt Burke: Well in many regards, music is my job, hobby, and school. I try to maintain a good balance between writing, listening, rehearsing, performing, and releasing – and that keeps me pretty busy.
[Blaster] At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
Matt Burke: My only goal with my music is connection. I write songs because the story I am telling and the melodies I am singing make me FEEL something: and I’m hoping I can make other folks feel the same way.
[Blaster] Would you like to give any message to your fans?
Matt Burke: I appreciate each and every one of you. I know that’s what everyone says, but I can honestly FEEL your support and it keeps me going. Thank you all!
[Blaster] Feel free to share your contact information for possible collaborations with musicians and social networks links, so fans can follow your work and access your music.
Matt Burke: Absolutely. My website is www.MattBurkeMusic.com. You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube at MattBurkeMusic. And I’m always open to a good ole’ fashioned email at email@example.com.