FYIG recently had the chance to chat with singer/songwriter Matt LeGrand about his latest single 12:00AM! Find out more about Matt right here!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Matt LeGrand, a singer-songwriter/recording artist from Chicago. I’m usually a pretty shy and introverted person until you put a guitar or a microphone in my hand. I’m obsessed with anything that has to do with music, melody, or notes and I am a citizen of two countries!
How would you describe your musical style?
I grew up listening to loads of classic rock. That’s what my mother always had playing in the house and in the car. I’m really grateful for that because that’s where my first inspirations came from! Today I am being introduced to so many different types of music and it’s wonderful. I really can’t seem to shut off the radio in car because I think it is such an exciting time in music right now and I don’t want to miss a thing. I’d describe my current musical style as open. You’ll see what I mean when the EP comes out! (Which is very soon)
How did you first become interested in music?
My mother took me to my first concert which was The Rolling Stones! I always remember that night as a magical one. Music grabbed a hold of me and I got my first guitar shortly after that concert. I’ve been studying ever since!
Was becoming a singer/songwriter always in your plans or did it evolve into that?
I was the type of kid that picked up a lot of different hobbies. I’d get really good at one and then move on to something else. The weird thing about music is that I never really moved on from it. Music was always constant and I always seemed to find my way back to it. My dream is still the same one from 13 years ago.
In college, you performed in bands and duos around campus. What did you learn from those experiences?
It was actually more in high school that I performed in bands. It was lots of fun and very difficult at the same time. Trying to make it work and be taken seriously when in high school was the most difficult part. I decided to go solo when I graduated. I knew I wanted to chase my dream full on. It was hard to make sure that everyone was on the same page, especially at such a young age, but then again I always say to myself that if I would have just let go a bit and enjoyed it for what it was then it maybe would’ve been easier. I took a big lesson from it all and that was to stop taking myself so seriously and just have fun. Today, having my own rock band is still a dream of mine that needs attending to in the future!
Your latest single is called 12:00AM. What can you tell us about it?
I’m so glad that this is out finally! It’s just a simple song about wanting to see the one you miss. The song talks about working and attending to daily tasks but when it’s all done you get to have fun with the person you’ve been thinking about the whole day. It’s a song about feeling alive with the one you love. I always say that the song’s title is more than just a reference point in time but any moment that is filled with exhilaration and joy! That means that if 12:00AM is your bedtime and you happen to be incredibly excited to get in between those sheets, then that’s what the song is about for you!
You looked like you had a ton of fun in the 12:00AM music video that was recently released. Take us through the video.
That’s a very astute observation because I did have lots of fun! It took one whole day to shoot all of it and I think my favorite part was getting to one of the shoot locations early. We got to see a band that was playing before I went up to shoot my video and I actually got on stage with them and played a number or two. The dancers were such a joy to work with and the crew was top notch. We even had a motorcycle gang come out to let us film them which was awesome! We wanted to make it look like some sort of underground cult came to life when the clock struck midnight.
What can audiences expect from one of your live shows?
They can expect me to be me. I think being honest with my audience is the quickest way for me to connect with them. I am human, they are human. I will always put my audience first because they are the ones supporting me to keep doing what I love to do. I understand that nobody needs anything I am selling, so if someone is paying to come to see me, then they deserve the absolute best. People can expect a show that’s filled with laughs, dancing, singing, and other great opportunities to create great memories. Like I said my 1st priority is making sure that my audience is fully present with me, as I believe that is the best way to enjoy something!
Are there any plans for a full-length album or EP in the near future?
EP is getting its final touches!
What’s next for your career?
Perform, record, Perform, Perform, and Perform again!
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
Be patient with yourself. Work on your craft and learn as much as possible. Make sure you’re always sharpening up your skills and be ready for anything. It’s a very unexpected business which makes it even more exciting. It’s really anyone’s ball game! Work hard, stay out of your head, be nice to people, be present, and just have FUN for God’s sake!!!!
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