Issue 105

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Let's take it back to the beginning what was it like growing up in Brighton? It was fun, great nightlife, lovely people, it was a fun little place to grow up at. I used to do lots of sport, wasn't so into music in my childhood but I was always around it, and in the end, I guess I just sorta fell into music as I was growing up. So was there anyone in particular that got you into music? My dad really, he has always been in ama- teur bands, he's never forced any music upon me but it has always been around the house. So I sort of took it upon myself to pick up a guitar and that's how I got into it. I also saw that you tweeted about #World- MentalHealthDay, why was that day so important for you? Well, a lot of musicians sort of go through mental health issues not pretty sure why. Maybe it is because of the whole creative side of your brain which doesn't really help you in that sort of way. But yeah, it is some- thing very personal to me and I thought that I would just have to share something, my thoughts about the situation and try and spread the word. So what inspired the track 'Fear In Me'? So I wrote that with a friend of mine and we were sort of going through each of the situ- ations of you want to release this fear that you have in yourself and feeling like you are not good enough. And that sort of was the grounds on what we wrote the song about and sort of a release and stress relief, and just a way of getting it out of your head. Talking about music tell us about your debut album On The Rocks? I just really hope that people enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it, it's got a couple of tracks on there that are happier, and then there is very emotional tracks on there too so it's a bit for everyone really, if you like that sort of music. So just hop- ing there is more and more positivity that comes from it and hopefully, everyone enjoys it. So how does it feel to have the album out now? Yeah, it is very exciting! It was quite nerve- racking, it was like 'oh shit I have got an actual album coming out'. But as soon as it was released it was quite a relief off my shoulders, so it is quite nice for it to get out there. It's been very nice feedback from very kind people, it's nice to know that your work doesn't go unnoticed. You also toured with Chase & Status, any highlights? There were a few, my first ever live perfor- mance was at Radio One Big Weekend two years ago with them which was a pretty mental thing walking out to 5-10,000 people and you have never sung into a live microphone in your life, which is absolutely mental but I think that is one of my big highlights of playing with them. One of you your goals is to also see your music "connecting around the world" - would you say you are on your way to achieving this? Hopefully, on platforms like Spotify if you are in control of your account you can actu- ally see where your top cities are of where you are getting streaming from and see these completely random countries that are popping up on my Spotify which is amaz- ing, so hopefully, that can grow even more as well. So rhe whole word knowing you is the goal Pretty much, that is the ultimate goal. But who knows if that will happen. So what do you bring that's special? I don't really know, just a bit of me which I think is special but everyone's mum says they are special, don't they. So yeah, a bit of me, a bit of realness and a bit of fun. Tell us something about you that's weird. I am quite weird as it is, so which is the weirdest one to say that is not too embar- rassing, oh okay so basically I only eat pizza and chips, that's kind of weird I guess. That's not weird... But I am talking three or four times a week here. What ideas changed your life? I would say the idea of the song that I wrote for Chase & Status pretty much changed my life. Writing that in my bedroom and getting passed to those two guys was pretty life-changing. From sitting down do- ing nothing, it is a pretty drastic change in lifestyle, from sitting playing play station all day to getting up and you don't know what country you have just arrived in is pretty insane. If you could fill a swimming pool with any- thing what would it be? Beer, straight up beer. You won't have any problem drowning in that. Nice! So what next for you? Looking to do some shows hopefully, so trying to get my lives back together basi- cally, so hopefully that and then crack on with making the next body of work. 2017 / ISSUE 105 35 HIP HOP & RNB " THE SONG THAT I WROTE FOR CHASE & STATUS PRETTY MUCH CHANGED MY LIFE. WRITING THAT IN MY BEDROOM AND GETTING PASSED TO THOSE TWO GUYS WAS PRETTY LIFE- CHANGING. " Following on from his stunning hit single 'Bow Down' in 2016, Louis Mattrs returns with his first full-length LP, On The Rocks. Now with his album out we chat how he's feeling since the release, his thoughts on mental health and how writing the song 'Lost & Found' for Chase & Status changed his whole life. follow @LouisMattrs Patience Takyuka | Guestlist

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