Matt Sellors

  • Matt Sellors
  • 2016-07-29

Former Yes Sir Boss frontman Matt Sellors has swapped the big band sound for a more mature approach as a singer/songwriter that goes back to his roots. Armed with debut single “Blinded By You”, and tipped by BBC Introducting as one to watch, we caught up with Matt to find out how his solo career is progressing.

I have no routine or formula. I don’t really know what I am doing, I just do it!

First up Matt, tell us bit about yourself - what were you doing before your solo career began?
Before starting this solo project I had been touring the UK and Europe with a band called Yes Sir Boss for about the last 8 years.

What was the first style or genre of music you really got into? Was their a particular song or artist who inspired you?
I first started singing and writing when I was 19 years old so I will skip the spotty moody early teens musical influences! The most enlightening musical influence I had was when my ex girlfriend’s dad introduced me to Tom Waits. Tom Waits absolutely blew me away vocally, lyrically and musically, I was convinced he was the coolest cat to ever exist… Tom was a significant discovery that led to me pursuing a very bluesy beginning to my music career.

How did this project come about? Did you expect to be following the musical path you are now?
To be honest yes I did expect it. I began as a singer songwriter musician and felt most comfortable flying solo but ended up fronting an energetic raucous 6 piece band. So returning back to the singer songwriter I left behind feels like returning home… It feels correct.

If you had to describe your sound as a personality, how what would it be?
Someone who suffers from multiple personality disorder! I like lots of genres and styles in music and feel like I don’t have an absolutely defined sound. I play around in a few different genres. Songwriting is quite an organic thing for me. I don’t sit down to write in a particular genre/sound, I noodle around until rifs and melodies I like fall out and then if it inspires enough it writes itself. Variety is the spice of life!

What would you say makes Matt Sellors unique?
Gathering from what others say if there is something unique about me it would be my voice. I don’t think my songs are unique or different, I don’t think my lyrics are particularly unique or say anything uniquely profound but when I sing I feel emotionally connected and inspired, I feel honest and true. Perhaps that is what people connect with?

How do you create your music? Is there any kind of routine that helps?
I have no routine or formula. I don’t really know what I am doing, I just do it!

**What was the most significant moment of 2015 for you and why? **
Meeting my producer Jamie Evans and recording my EP… He totally believed in me and to find someone who is inspired by you and believes in you that also has the tools to help you on your path is something I feel very grateful for.

**If you had to pick one act to see live this year, who would it be? **
Alabama Shakes… She is a modern day great. Her voice is the closest thing I will ever hear to original blues greats like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone etc. She is the real deal.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Luckily I have already collaborated with a few of my idols in my dream times already but if I won a golden ticket to collaborate with anyone in real life it would have to be Tom Waits. It would be the most scary but positively mind blowing experience of my life… Long live Tom Waits!

How is 2016 shaping up for you? Where can we see you play?
2016 has been fine to me so far but as of right now my solo career has only just begun. I am releasing my first single and music video this month, I have no idea what the future has in store for me but I will do my bit and work my behind off to help fate along! My gig listing is on my website www.mattsellors.com

If you could pick any venue or festival to play, where would it be and which slot would you most enjoy?
Wow so much to choose from! To be honest the venue is not important to me, whether its 150 capacity venue like Mr. Wolf’s in Bristol or the Royal Albert Hall… Galstonbury or Glas-Denbury! If I can sell out that venue or fill a tent or field of people who want to hear me sing my songs my belly will be full.

Listen to “Blinded By You” on Soundcloud:

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