So Finn, you started your music career at a very young age, what inspired you to try music at all?
I was always naturally attracted to music, my dad used to play Michael Jackson’s music videos for me, and that was very inspiring, but there were many other factors. Also, I didn’t just jump right into music. I started taking piano lessons when I was 8, which gradually evolved into singing and then guitar, so it was a fairly slow introduction to playing music.
How would you describe your musical style?
I would describe my style as pop with a tingle of R&B/soul. The music I mostly grew up on was R&B and gospel. Some of favorites are Brandy, Brian McKnight, Tonéx, and Kim Burrell, so I try to incorporate some of that feeling into my music while still maintaining a pop sound.
Whats your friends and parents thoughts on your career in singing?
My family is very supportive of my career. I would not even be close to where I am without them supporting me through every step, from letting me take lessons to letting me move to Los Angeles. They’re amazing.
What’s the process of choosing a cover song for you to sing?
I usually just sing whatever I’m listening to at the moment, and just set up my phone and record me singing. I occasionally sing songs that people request, and I really like that because it lets me listen to music that I might not have heard before.
What was your favorite cover song to record?
I really liked doing the song “Issues” by Julia Michaels. I love that song and the arrangement of it in the video was completely improvised, so it was fun to see what I came up with.
Whose your favorite singer at the moment?
I really like Kevin Garrett at the moment. I recently saw him live at The Troubadour in LA and he was awesome! I really like his style of songwriting, its very honest.
What artist influences you the most and who you aspire to be like?
I’m really inspired by a lot of different artists, but I love Michael Jackson. My dad played his videos for me when I was a kid, and I was always struck by how iconic he and his videos were. It’s like he could’ve walked into a room and even people who didn’t know who he was would notice him.
Can you tell us about your 2 new singles, “Half Hearted” & “I Wrote A Love Song”? How did these songs come about? & What’s the meaning of the songs?
“Half Hearted” came about through a collaboration with a few different writers. I worked on some lyrics, and I went in with the producers to work on the beat. All of that was really fun. The song is about not giving all of yourself to something. In the song, it’s talking about a relationship, but the idea goes with anything, like why buy a coffee if you are only going to drink half? I think people will be able to relate to this.
“I Wrote a Love Song” is a song that reflects on a relationship and tries to work it out. It goes through a few different emotions throughout the song, and it has an optimistic tone because I think its always better to try to work something out.
What’s the process for you to write one of your songs?
I usually will go in with another writer, or more than one writer, and work on songs. I’m just now diving into songwriting, so I’m very grateful that I get to work with so many talented writers and learn from them.
Can we expect any new music soon? If so can you spill some details about them?
I have a new single coming out very soon, as well as a video for it. Its a mix of a few different genres, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!
Are there any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
I’m working on a live performance for a showcase right now, so I’ve been very busy with practicing for that.
Whats your favorite song to perform live?
I really like to perform the song “Jealous” by Labrinth. Its a really meaningful song to me and I just love to share it with people.
Does your fanbase have a name?
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
I want to have a very open relationship with my fans, while also keeping it positive and funny.
What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?
Nothing crazy has happened yet, but I will keep you updated on that!
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
My favorite social media is Instagram. I like Instagram a lot because it is based around pictures, so it adds an extra medium to share my life in.
What’s an average day for you look like?
It varies, but right now it mainly consists of going to the studio or rehearsal, going to vocal lessons, and doing schoolwork in between those things.
If your life was a movie, what would be the title?
I bet a lot of people would say the same thing haha but probably “Finn Matthews: The Movie”
Who would you want to play you?
I’m don’t now the names of many actors, but maybe Cameron Boyce.
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career and in your personal life?
Career wise, I just want to be the best I can be, and to always wake up every day with the mindset of getting better and maintain that mindset thought the day. Personally, I want to stay humble and I want to focus on living in the moment. We always worry about the past or the future, when the only thing we can really do is prepare, so worrying is pointless. I also want to cherish moments and experiences more than material things, because material things break or we lose them, but memories stay with us forever.
Whats the best thing thats come out of this career so far?
The best thing that has come out of my career is getting to meet and work with so many amazing people, and getting to express myself through music. I moved out to LA, a completely different world from my hometown, with a lot more people, too, so meeting people has been awesome.
What’s your biggest struggle in this career so far?
My biggest struggle has been learning how to be myself. There is always a lot of people giving input, and I take that as constructive criticism, but at the end of the day, I just need to be myself and focus on what matters to me, and that is making great music and expressing myself.
What impact do you want to leave on the world?
I want to make people comfortable being themselves. Its very easy to fall into the mold of social norms and whatnot, so I want to really stress that being yourself and doing what you feel is the most important thing.
Do you have any advice for aspiring music artists?
This is a funny question because I consider myself an aspiring artist, but my advice to anyone is just to keep following your dreams because they might be very close, even if they seem far away.
Last thing, Do you have anything you went to tell your fans?
You can be up to date with me at my website finnmatthews.com or my social media @finnmatthews.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with me.
Thank you so much!