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GET TO KNOW: Mattanja Joy Bradley

After establishing herself with a wealth of riveting releases this past decade, Dutch-based singer-songwriter Mattanja Joy Bradley returns once again with her emotive new album 'Desire'.

Bringing back more of that warm and alluring Americana-inspired aesthetic she has developed for herself over the years, this new seven-track collection makes for an incredibly rich and immersive listen. Filled with tantalising textures, a sweeping atmosphere, and her own passionate voice at the helm, 'Desire' cements her as a wondrous addition to the new music scene today.

So with the new album available to stream now, we sat down with her to find out more about her background and influences over the years.


What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?

Elvis. Starting when I was about five years old I adored Elvis and started collecting his music, postcards, and buttons. I can say it was the first crush I experienced. The combination of great music, performance, and charisma knows no age.

Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?

Yes, we played weird psychedelic and folk-influenced songs. I think we called ourselves ‘wobble'. We didn’t last for very long though. Bit too wobbly.

What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?

I think it was always the best outlet for all the complicated emotions I experienced that fired my need to write. The best therapy and a way to tap into something bigger than myself.

What is a song you wish you had written yourself?

I’d Rather Go Blind, Etta James version.

If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?

When I just started everything was super exciting. Beginners energy and sharing it with a group of people that all want the same thing.

Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?

The Teskey Brothers.

And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?

Dan Auerbach.

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

Still writing, releasing new music, doing the occasional live show or small tour, and buying and renting out holiday homes.


Mattanja Joy Bradley's new album 'Desire' is available to stream now. Check it out below.

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