Today we are sharing exclusive interview of Matt Westin. So, without wasting the time, let’s get started.
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Q: First of all we want to say welcome to you.
Ans: Thank you very much for having me.
Q: How did you come into the music industry?
Ans: Well, I moved back home to Pittsburgh from Los Angeles after my father passed away in 2016. I was pursuing acting on the west coast, but in my grief and depression, I had to come back home for my own health. I needed to be with my family, because I was heading towards self-destruction in a downward spiral. Everything was put on hold and I couldn’t find joy in anything anymore. I was just plain lost. Angry and lost. But somehow, in what seemed like a spiritual experience, one day it just hit me, and I decided I was going to pursue music and dedicate an album to my father. He had always loved and encouraged my singing and musical pursuits, so it was a fitting way to honor him. In the end, creating my debut album “Legacy” was an enormous part of my healing process, it honored my father’s legacy, and began a new legacy for my own life. All the pieces came together and I actually feel like I’m on the right path. Finally!
Q: Who was your inspiration for music?
Ans: There is a long list of inspiration for music. I have enjoyed so many different genres throughout my life, but the biggest influences on my own music would have to be Toby Keith, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, and believe it or not, Frank Sinatra. I learned how to sing by emulating Frank and figuring out this instrument we call a voice.
Q: What was the name of your debut song?
Ans: My debut album is called “Legacy” and the first single from that album is “Our Redneck Of The Woods”.
Q: Tell us about your musical journey?
Ans: I’ve been involved in music in one way or another since I was a little boy. It’s been a very long time, but in school I played trombone, baritone, and the double bass. I couldn’t sing when I was a kid. I always say I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket back then. But I slowly learned to sing and it’s been a passion of mine for 15 years. Whether it’s been at karaoke bars, or singing with my family’s band or my friends’ band or trying to start my own, singing has been a joy. After being miserable as an engineer, for years working in a cubicle, then moving on to pursuing another passion of mine in acting, I’ve finally been able to combine my passions. Not only am I now an internationally recognized recording artist, but I’m combining my acting with it as well! I am so proud to be cast as one of my heroes Johnny Cash in the upcoming film “116 MacDougal”!
Q: Who helped you most in your journey?
Ans: I would be absolutely nowhere without God and without my parents. I owe them everything. I am blessed.
Q: Who gave you pieces of advice?
Ans: Advice is easy to come by. Everyone has an opinion and everyone has an agenda. I tend to run in very small circles, so that’s where my advice comes from. Like I said, my parents have helped me tremendously throughout my life, and my closest friends, including my amazing producer Bryan Cole and Tonic Recording Studios owner Douglas Kasper, have been there to help me see things I may not see. My good friend Dallas Gregory, a publisher in Nashville, has also been a huge blessing to me in the last few years. I’m surrounded by amazing people, and it’s helped me more than I can even say.
Q: What are your most recent successes?
Ans: I just released two fantastic singles “Stomp On” and “Hey Bro”. They are receiving incredible reviews and a great response from the fans. And, of course, the upcoming film “116 MacDougal” is the cherry on top. I get to portray the legendary Johnny Cash!
Q: Let us know something about your future projects
Ans: I’ve just written a song with Joie Scott and Bryan Cole that I think could end up being a game changer for me, as well as touching people deeply and doing some good in this world. I can’t wait to record this one! I’m also really excited to be writing soon with a Pittsburgh icon Natalie Shugars. She’s also in 116 MacDougal, and she’s an incredibly talented performer. I can’t wait to see what we come up with.Q: What is your message to your fans?
Ans: Thank you so much for your support. It is humbling and inspiring me to continue to raise the bar. You’ve all made my journey into music more fulfilling than I ever imagined it could have been. With all my heart, thank you.
Q: Any message for new artists?
Ans: Believe in yourself, be true to yourself, surround yourself with good people, and take some risks. I know how scary and how difficult this is. Just keep on going!