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Today we Spotlight – Mathew V. Hailing from the west coast Mathew comes to us to chat about his new single and is on the heels of his Juno nomination. We get down to the bare bones talking about his journey getting to where we are now. Check it out right now.

Spotlight – Mathew V
Canadian pop artist Mathew V is here with us today! Thank you for joining us. Can you give an introduction to our readers?

Thanks so much for having me! My name is Mathew V, and I am a Vancouver-based pop artist who always focuses on vocals.

Do you remember writing your first song?

I do! I was humming around my bedroom with my Discman at about 6 or 7. I only had a chorus, but the man did I ever sing it over and over again. I can still remember it to this day, but I’m too mortified to ever let it out, haha.

If you could re-record any of your early releases what would it be and why?

I don’t think I would ever re-record them in all honesty! I think that they live as a valid Polaroid for where I was at the time, and although I feel like I could do them better today, it’s cool to have that timestamp and to appreciate the progression.

Let’s talk about your recent single, “You're Still The One.” Big Shania Twain fan? How did you put your own twist on the classic?

I grew up listening exclusively to Shania Twain and Celine Dion. “Man I Feel Like a Woman” is the first song I ever sang. I felt like I had to pay homage to one of my idols, but I knew that I couldn’t dream of doing it in Shania’s style. So I stripped it down in a way that felt like a Mathew V interpretation.

You have released several singles this year including collaborations and covers that have been keeping you busy. Taking a look at “Gone,” How was working with the group? John Skyfield, Panski, and Karsten Belt? Did everyone’s chemistry work well together?

During the pandemic, I dove into a lot of collaboration. It’s been super fun to collaborate across genres and this one was definitely a testament to that. We were all working from different corners of the world, and I’m proud of what we were able to pull off.

That release is high summer vibes despite being released in the Canadian winter. Is it meant to be a summer hit or were you going for a different feel?

I think we were all craving some summer vibes considering the cold cold year we’ve had. So I think we wrote it with some optimism.

You are getting ready to release your catchy new single “Sick” on May 27th. Can you talk about the inspiration behind that track and how it feels to get it out into the world?

I’m really excited for this song to come out. I worked with Fly By Midnight who also worked on “Give It All” which is one of my fav songs from my catalog. This song is a fun play on the phrase “you make me sick” and I think that it has a lot of great energy for the summer months ahead.

Aside from the singles, you have released so far this year, what else do you have in store for us in 2022?

I have a lot coming before the year ends. I’m also just beginning a new record that will see the light of day next year I’m hoping. I like to always stay 2 steps ahead and always change things up. It keeps me on my toes.

Now that we are getting back into live music, any plans for shows? Excited to get back into it?

We will be touring in the fall which I cannot wait for. I think the pandemic really allowed me to ruminate on what type of show I want to put on, and I’m excited to roll out what that looks like.

You were nominated for a JUNO for Adult Contemporary Album of The Year. That is thrilling. How has the experience been for you?

It has been such a dream. To be recognized in this way, on home turf is so flattering and it’s definitely something I won’t forget.

Spotlight – Mathew V
1M listeners on Spotify, do you ever take a look at where all your listeners are from? The majority are in Australia. Ever been? Do any of the countries on that list surprise you?

I have noticed a big Australian trend! I have never been, but I would love to go! I may have to go soon. It’s always been surprising that my home country isn’t at the top of the list, but wherever people are listening, I’m so appreciative.

It’s wonderful that you use your platform to draw visibility to Black Lives Matter, and Queer issues. Do you think influencers have a duty to draw attention to these movements?

I just think that we have to have conversations about how we can help each other out. I’m certainly not someone with all the answers but talking about it is a great way to start figuring out how we can best make progress.

Big traveler I see, where is your favorite place you have been? Where do you still desperately want to go?

I used to live in London, England and I miss it so much. I was supposed to do all of the artwork for “The Outer Circle” in London but the pandemic changed those plans. I would love to go back asap. It holds such a special place in my heart.

When it comes to Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and TikTok you are very interactive with your fans. How do you keep so active? How do you deal with negative comments?

I try my best to show appreciation to anyone who’s taken the time out of their day to support me. I don’t take it for granted. In regards to negative comments… it’s a very big world with a lot of people. I’ve given up the delusion that I should expect everyone to like me.

Thank you for joining us today, before you go, what is one fun fact fans don’t know about you?

I’m a huge swiftie. I don’t know if I post about it often, but whenever Taylor Swift does anything, I feel like a kid on Christmas. One of my favorite artists.

This Spotlight – Mathew V is in the books. Big thanks to Mathew for taking the time to chat with us.

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