ARTIST NAME: Matty Ride
SONG TITLE: Lower Case Love
GENRE: Vintage Pop
Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Matty Ride grew up in the very stomping grounds and hometown of Bing Crosby. It’s there that his love for the great singers of the American Songbook such as Nat King Cole, Sinatra, and of course Bing Crosby, took hold.
Now based in Nashville, Matty Ride recaptures the spirit of the American Songbook through his original ‘Vintage pop’ compositions.
His clever rhymes, tongue in cheek topics, and witty lyrics showcase an urbane sense of style and playfulness.
Ask Matty Ride to describe his music and he’ll tell you with a laugh, “I’m just making the type of music your grandparents made your parents to.”
Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.
I’ve always loved music from a young age, and I came from a pretty musical family.
Both my dad and my grandpa played, as well as lots of singers in the family, so it was something that I feel was passed on to me.
I studied International Business and Spanish in college, but I always knew as soon as I had gotten my degree I was jumping back into music. And that’s what I did, I headed off to Nashville and been here ever since making music.
Brief us on the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.
The feedback has been positive. I think a lot of people like the fact that the music is very different from other stuff people are doing these days. It catches people by surprise because they hear the music and it reminds them of a bygone era. That’s what I love! I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel with my music, just my own original songs in the vein of the American Songbook as if it continued on into today.
Some people have mentioned that they think the music is “timeless” or “classic.” That to me is a really encouraging compliment.
Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.
It’s crucial. I think in order to succeed in today’s music environment you must be putting your music out in the social realm.
The downside is there is so much music out there to compete with, but the positive is that the traditional gatekeepers that would allow your music to be heard by the public don’t play as big of a role anymore. Anybody can put their music out there now for the whole world to hear……… possibly …….hopefully…
Tell us how you record your song.
We filmed the video for my song “Lower Case Love” in Ocean Way Studio A in Nashville where I recorded my upcoming project, which I will be releasing as singles and EPs throughout this year.
The way we have the studio set up in the video is pretty much how we recorded all the songs during those sessions, including “Lower Case Love,” which was mostly live.
I wanted to try and capture that live performance energy, which is something that so many great artists I love from the 1940s/50s were doing at that time in the studio. There wasn’t any overdubbing in the recording process. They would set up all the musicians in the same room and hit record.
I always told myself, if I was going to do this project, we had to do it the right way, the way it would’ve been done, and that was with all the musicians recording live in the same room.
Tell us the story behind the song.
Hollywood sells us on instant romance, but love is a slow burn. I wrote this song as a tongue in cheek way to say, take it seriously, but seriously…. take your time.
So, for all those feeling the pressure of finding love, I say, ‘“Only time will tell if it’s ‘love’ with a capital “L”, but for now the lower case will do.”
State your musical skills.
I mostly play guitar and piano, but I also play some bass and various other instruments enough to record a little on them.
Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.
Every song is completely different. There is no magical formula for inspiration or completion, so it’s hard to say. Some songs take 15 minutes, and others take 2 years.
Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.
Well, for many of the songs on my project, including “Lower Case Love,” I usually start out with a phrase or tagline that I want to write the song about.
I often will keep a notebook or notes on my phone of phrases that I might hear in conversations or read somewhere, and then I go from there.
I tell my family and friends to be careful about what they talk about with me in conversation because it might end up in my song lyrics.
Discuss your music in full detail.
It’s basically throwback music to a bygone era. I write original songs in the vein of the American Songbook.
I love the great Jazz/big band singers like Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and those are some of my big inspirations.
I’m aware those are terribly high bars to aim for, but those are what I want my music to aspire to.
State your five favorite genres of music.
Jazz: for the chords and musical arrangements
Hip Hop: for the beats
Soul: For the pocket and feeling
Rock: For the energy
Acoustic: For the chill nature.
Discuss your rehearsal.
The band is always changing sizes depending on the venue of the upcoming gig, so it all depends.
Usually, rehearsals are tricky to coordinate with such a big band but quite necessary to make all the musical arrangements that go into my songs.
State your favorite musical instruments.
Guitar, Piano, Bass.
Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.
I have fun and I hope that comes across. I think it does. They really like watching the big band play through all the arrangements. I think people appreciate the live nature of the instrumentation.
Discuss your personality in full detail.
I’m a pretty chill guy off stage. I joke and say I’m an introvert with above-average social skills.
Discuss your music career.
It’s a slow grind. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s happy, but it’s always worth it.
List your musical work.
I’m just starting out this new artist stuff as Matty Ride, so this is the beginning, so come along on the journey with me and let’s find out!
Share your memorable experiences with us.
Anytime I’m making music with my super talented friends in Nashville! Those are my best memories.
Share your press releases and reviews with us.
Nashville-based crooner, Matty Ride is back with new music! The first of many singles to come, “Lower Case Love,” an upbeat and playful record and music video, was released on February 14, 2020.
When asked about the inspiration behind this upbeat and playful track, Ride says:
“Hollywood sells us on instant romance, but in reality, love is a slow burn. I wrote this song as a tongue-in-cheek way to say, take it seriously, but seriously… take your time. Because the quicker you get it, the cheaper it is. And the cheaper it is, the sooner we move on to something else.
But love is a four-letter word spelled T-I-M-E, and time is the currency of love. Where you invest your time, there your heart is also. So, for all those feeling the pressure of Valentine’s Day, I say, ‘Only time will tell if it’s ‘love’ with a capital ‘L’, but for now the lower case will do.’”
Matty Ride recaptures the spirit of the American Songbook through his original ‘Vintage pop’ compositions.
His warm crooning vocal style, paired with his up-tempo big band arrangements and sentimental ballads reflect these inspirations of yesteryear and give a nod to the modern-day likes of Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé, and Jamie Cullum.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Matty Ride is my artist’s name. It’s a nickname I’ve had since I was younger.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
The song is called “Lower Case Love.” It’s a playful song about not rushing love but giving it time.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
It’s a single release. But it will be put out on an upcoming EP with some other original tunes!