‘Glastonbury was my 4th ever live show with a mic!’: An interview with Louis Mattrs
Interview by Shanice Jones
Following the release of his latest single ‘Midnight’ – we sat down with Louis Mattrs for a Q and A to find out his thoughts on a range of topics, including his career, XXXTentaction and Love Island.
14HQ: On a scale from 1 to 10, from 10 being the best ever how do you feel today?
Louis: I feel a solid 7, I don’t know how feel about that. I feel like I am making some good music, but not reaching the maximum potential yet.
What is an average day for Louis Mattrs?
A lot of production stuff, it’s been my main focus, I have a little studio at my flat and I bring artists in and write songs together. Now I’m doing my own stuff, making my own songs every now and again, in the evening, I play a lot of PlayStation.
What was it like moving to London?
I used to live in Brighton and then moved out last Christmas, and really like it. It’s so much easier to work with people, it takes time to for people to come down to Brighton. I needed to make the move.
What would you say your proudest moment in music so far?
Probably playing at Glastonbury, with Chase and Status. It was a mad experience – my 4th ever live show with a mic! It was a surreal moment. Overwhelming, and I managed to get through it.
You have inspiration from X’s album, what was your favourite song?
That’s a tricky question, I like all the songs which sample Shiloh Dynasty, all of them bang. It’s mad how he sampled just an Instagram post and made it sound sick.
How has your single been influenced by his music?
I took some inspiration from X’s album, with some electronic sounds, a bit of everything and blending it. I like Shiloh‘s floaty vibe, including a lo-fi soul and electronic vibe. I blend all of it together
Who are your favourite artists?
I used to love Musiq Soulchild; I get a lot of influence from him. People like Calvin Harris, Bloom and BJ Chicago Kid. I mix it up, and make my own sound from them.
I hear the theme of love in ‘Midnight’. What inspires your lyrics?
I tend to stick on that theme, and write down all the random things that happened to me during the day.
How do you wind down and relax after a session?
It’s really hard to switch off from music and it ruins the listening experience. You hear a song on TV or radio; you think that you could have done that or wish you did that. It’s hard to switch of; watch a bit of Love Island.
What did you think of Love Island?
It’s so jokes. Random people watch it, I couldn’t understand why. I watched it, thought it’s so silly, but you get sucked into it!
How did you start your journey?
My dad played guitar, and he introduced me to guitar and I picked up piano. I was learning random songs through YouTube, randomly started made some beats. They were dreadful, but I was learning, and I was young. I took a year out after college. I like making music, I will carry on making beats, so I studied Sound Technology at Oxford Brookes to become sound engineer, but also picked song writing and singing.
What are your next steps?
I want to more music for myself, I do a lot of productions, but I want to find time for my artist project.
Who would you like to make music with?
Probably Musiq Soulchild, or someone even like Lil Yachty, which is some randomness, two random types of people.
What is your advice for inspiring musicians?
It takes a lot of practice. If someone doesn’t like the music, it’s hard to not feel down, but the biggest stars get criticised, and you have to keep that in mind. It’s about practice, fine tune your ear to what sounds good and what doesn’t.
Louis latest single Midnight is out now and available everywhere!