Matthew Rossi

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Matthew Rossi. I am seventeen years old, born on November 8th, 1999, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As a child I would perform at any chance that I got, whether that be in front of my family at a birthday party, or on stage at my school talent show. Performing has always been a natural instinct in me, it’s where I’ve always been the most comfortable and feel the most like myself.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

Well, Moving On, is the first single from my debut EP also called, Moving On. So, my music career is very fresh I would say. I have always enjoyed singing, and it has been a passion of mine since I was a child. I started writing stories when I was 13 and wrote my first song when I was 15. Since then I have continued to write and I feel like I have become a more confident performer because of it. I usually start writing the majority of my songs at the piano and I play out different chords to create a melody that corresponds with the lyrics of my songs.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

I would describe my genre as Singer-Songwriter and a cross between Alternative and Indie Pop. All of my music is extremely personal and all inspired by personal views and/or experiences. The concept behind this song, Moving On, started off as this cinematic idea of these two people who broke up but are the only two left on this earth, so will they get back together or walk away. As I started writing it got more personal as it was influenced by a relationship I was getting over at the time. I wrote this song over a span of about 4 months because it took a while to finish since my perspective on this person changed quite drastically. I think this is shown quite clearly in the song.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I’m hard working and dedicated to my craft. I know that my music isn’t the most trendy or necessarily influenced by current music, but I am confident in the music I create. All my songs are written and recorded myself. I want to create music that isn’t afraid to have emotion or tell a story especially from a male artist. Hopefully my music is relatable to at least one person.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

All of my songs are written and recorded by myself on garage band. I first recorded the instrumental then added the vocals on top of it.

 

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

Well, I just released my first EP, so, I haven’t even really been in the music industry yet. My goal is to be able to create music for the rest of my life, and create art that I am proud of and can stand by for the rest of my life.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Different events in my life inspire me to write my music. The event doesn’t necessarily have to be this big traumatic experience, but anything that I am feeling I will write it out. Sometimes they turn into songs, or sometimes they turn into poems. For example, the song Someday from my EP, Moving On, started out as a poem which I then created into a song. For me, singing and writing are both coping mechanisms to help sort out my life.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I will tell you once I’ve figured it out.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

Hopefully my music will be able to connect to even just one person.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Being an upcoming artist myself, I am experiencing a lot of rejection, so I am very grateful for this opportunity! I guess I would just say, expect the worst, hope for the best, and keep fighting.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

My first EP that I have mentioned above titled, Moving On, was released on October 13th of this year on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Google Play. I never expected to release anything myself, but after a year of writing and recording music it felt right to finally put something out there that it is my own instead of constant covers on YouTube of other artists music. I was finally proud of something I created. I chose to name the ep Moving On because it perfectly summed up my year. Finishing high school and starting a new chapter in my life with more independence and just becoming a stronger person by learning how to deal with certain situations on your own and becoming the best version of yourself. Every song on the ep is a reflection of myself and my different views on life and my experiences. It is definitely a deeply personal record.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Songs like Moving On and Broken Soul from my EP started out as a ballad on my piano. I sat down and played out these chords that were stuck in my head and started writing lyrics to go with the melody. After that, I recorded both the piano and my vocals on garage band. I then translated these chords onto any other instruments through garage band that I felt would help the track become what I envisioned it to be. Other songs like Someday and Freedom (Colours of Love) were originally poems that I wrote and then made into songs.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Elvis Presley.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I have never collaborated with other artists on my own original songs yet but I would be willing to collaborate with anyone who I feel we share the same vision for the music and push each other to become stronger artists.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Twitter

https://twitter.com/Matt_Rossi9

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/matthew_rossi/

 

Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/user-688183330

 

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3c9uAs4NFtQOWPTsOwt3Bk

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

Bandcamp

https://matthewrossi.bandcamp.com/releases

 

iTunes

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/moving-on-ep/id1294709481

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was the day I performed a play that I wrote for a festival I was a part of. My saddest day was the day my grandfather passed away.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would invest some of it, I would go on vacation to London because I’ve always wanted to go there. I would also give a majority of the money to Covenant House Toronto, which is an organization that helps homeless youth in Toronto. They give these people a home and place to rehabilitate physically and mentally.

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