GET TO KNOW: MyLyricalMind
With a string of rich and captivating cuts under his belt already this year, Manchester-based artist and producer Matthew Wood aka MyLyricalMind is back on the grind once again as he delivers the spellbinding new single 'Long May You Forget'.
Channelling a warm and uplifting aesthetic from start to finish, 'Long May You Forget' brings out the very best in what this emerging artist has to offer. With his sweet and sensual voice layered over a fresh and euphoric bed of diverse dream-pop production, he is certainly one to keep an eye on in the months ahead.
So with the new single out and about, we joined him in a quick chat to find out more about his background and inspirations over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I started learning guitar when I was around 10-11 years old. My grandparents used to take me to lessons and encouraged me to play and learn. I actually gave it up when I was around 13 due to lack of interest. However I got myself an electric guitar when I was 16 and never looked back.
What was the first album you remember owning?
I was a bit of a late bloomer when it came to really appreciating music and listening to it regularly. I would say the first album I bought myself was Silent Alarm by Bloc Party back in like 2005-6. Still for me one of the best albums ever made.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I have mostly always been a solo act even when younger… I have dabbled with other bands over the years but nothing ever really stuck.
I think I always doubted my own ability when it comes to being able to play live with a band. I think that probably held me back from seeking to join a band.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Can’t help falling in love by Elvis… It was the ceremony song at my wedding, and a stunning tune.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
For me the most thrilling parts of creating music are when a song just falls into place. I write and produce everything myself now and you can sit in the studio all day sometimes and not create anything cohesive.
However for me the magic is when you just find the right chords or melody and it just fits into place… when you get a song right it writes itself.
And what about the most frustrating part?
The most frustrating part of the whole music creation process is after you have created it…
The whole process of releasing music and promoting it can be the most draining and time consuming part. It’s not creative whatsoever, it's just a process. However, without it your songs would never get heard or played so it’s 100% worth the effort.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Radiohead! I’m a massive fan.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In 5 years time I will still be creating my own tunes, I will have likely released another album and I may even be writing tunes for other artists.
That’s the plan!
MyLyricalMind's new single 'Long May You Forget' is available to stream now. Watch the new video for it below.