This week we are introducing Matt Wood better known by his stage name My Lyrical Mind. The Manchester based artists who describes his sound as a blend of folk Ambient, Electronic and Acoustic Dream Pop, is best known for his 2016 single ‘drop me a line’ but has been on the music scene since 2011.
IndustryMe caught up with My Lyrical mind to find out more about the man behind the music.
IM:What makes you stand out from other artists within your genre?
MLM: It’s difficult to say as there are a lot of artists doing the same sort of thing as me. I would like to say my voice as it sounds pretty different to your standard chart topping male singer.
My production is pretty raw and reverby and I like the odd imperfection in all of my songs. There are too many perfectly flawless tunes out nowadays that all sound the same.
IM: How does being a solo artist compare with being in bands in the past?
MLM: I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum and they both have their pros and cons.
Being a solo artist gives you complete control of everything. Since starting MyLyricalMind, I have done everything the exact way that I wanted to from music direction to the visual side.
As a solo artist you are accountable to yourself, you make your own success you make your own downfalls.
Being in a band is different in the sense that you have multiple people providing their own unique input into the direction. It can lead to more creativity but it means you are dependent on others to pull their weight and to provide their piece.
I have always found myself to be much more creative by myself than with others, and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.
IM: Your song ‘drop me line’ got a great response from the public, why do you think people were able to connect with the song so well?
MLM: It was one of the first songs I ever recorded and it was back when I had really no idea about music other than singing and playing the guitar.
I think the story and the message behind it really connects with most people. It’s a breakup song, and people can really relate to those sort of emotions.
The music video really makes me cringe now though haha!
IM: How do you think you’ve developed as an artists from your first EP to now?
MLM: When I released my first set of songs back in 2011 it was just me and my guitar and a really low budget set up with no production. Basically I hadn’t got a clue about anything to do with music, and the only thing I wanted to do was to sound like artists like Ben Howard and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. I was naive, I didn’t expect anything to come from it.
By the time I came around to writing my second EP I had learnt a hell of a lot from playing live and immersing myself in the Manchester and UK music scene. I got a better studio set up and started experimenting more with production. I started to gig around the UK rather than just in the Manchester area and I started to build up a fan base. The songs from this EP gave me my first taste of national radio airplay and it was a time when I really wanted a career out of music.
When I released my first set of songs back in 2011 it was just me and my guitar and a really low budget set up with no production. Basically I hadn’t got a clue about anything to do with music, and the only thing I wanted to do was to sound like artists like Ben Howard and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. I was naive, I didn’t expect anything to come from it.
Finally when it came to my album I was using a lot more synth and a lot more reverb but I still kept that organic acoustic sound in there. Releasing an album was amazing and it was probably the biggest goal I set myself when it came to MyLyricalMind. I also got most of my biggest gigs around this time too.
I can see this clear progression over the years of how my sound has changed and how I’ve changed as an artist.
IM: Can we expect an album from you in 2017?
MLM: It’s very unlikely you will see album number 2 from me this year. As I am completely independent, I self fund everything to do with music, and do everything myself. I don’t have a label or team behind the scenes.
Music isn’t a career for me, it’s a hobby and passion and something that I will do forever. At the moment I try and produce when I have time around my other passion in digital marketing ( *cough* my full time job *cough*).
I have just released a new single called Doesn’t Matter and music video.
As for the future… it’s a difficult one. I haven’t started writing Album 2 yet but it will appear eventually, and I have no idea what it will sound like.