Upcoming producer Matt Barri sits down with us, and discusses his upcoming single – Somebody You Knew, his favourite artists, top moments of 2019 and more.
T.H.E – Hey Matt! Welcome to T.H.E – Music Essentials. How have you been?
Matt Barri – I’ve been great! I had a nice Thanksgiving break seeing my friends and family, and spent some time in the studio writing music! Thanks for welcoming me, it’s a pleasure to speak with T.H.E – Music Essentials.
T.H.E – How has 2019 been for you?
Matt Barri – 2019 has been a little bit of a roller coaster. It’s definitely had its ups and downs, slow and fast bits, but lots of change and growth this past year for sure. I graduated high school, started ICON collective, played some of my favourite shows and wrote some of my favourite and most personal music all this past year.
T.H.E – You’re still quite young. What would you say have been some important learning experiences this year?
Matt Barri – I’ve definitely learned how to be more self-sustaining and self-reliant this past year. I moved out of my parent’s place to North Hollywood with a couple of friends, so I’m still getting used to living on my own. However, being away from home has inspired a lot of melancholic music.
T.H.E – Which artists have you consistently looked up for inspiration?
Matt Barri – Definitely Dillon Francis, Deadmau5, and Porter Robinson would be on my mount Olympus. Other artists like Seven Lions, Illenium, and Above and Beyond have really inspired my sound in music.
T.H.E – You have a single coming out before the end of this year – Somebody You Knew. What inspired it?
Matt Barri – The song was inspired by a breakup, but I didn’t want it to be a run-of-the-mill song about heartbreak, I wanted it to come from a different perspective. The song reminisces about an old relationship and looking back in sentiment rather than spite. It’s about looking back but moving forward instead of just being sad all the time because someone isn’t in your life anymore.
T.H.E – Tell us how you usually go about producing music. Like do you start working on the drop, or the melody?
Matt Barri – I’d typically start writing by banging out some emotional sounding chord progression. I write with lots of tension in my music with the melodies dancing around the 7th and the root of the keys. Most of my songs I write start off as just a drop because it’s a lot easier to take elements from it to write the rest of the song.
T.H.E – What have been some of your top highlights this year?
Matt Barri – Some personal highlights would definitely be graduating high school and moving to North Hollywood. Musically, I had so much fun supporting Wooli at Avalon which was one of my favourite sets I’ve ever played. I also threw 2 of the biggest parties in my home town, Palos Verdes. I threw and DJ’d a new year’s party where I got to play for roughly 450 heads crammed into my own living room. I’d also have two say just breaking through my own barriers and solidify my vision as an artist has defiantly been huge for me. Overall just taking in life and all of its experiences while letting them help me grow as an artist.
T.H.E – What can we expect from you in 2020?
Matt Barri – You can expect tons of new music. Some melodic stuff, some heavy stuff, some dreamy stuff. Stuff that’ll make you headbang and cry at the same time. Lots of shows! 🙂 Djing is my favourite thing to do and I’m just itching to get back up to the booth soon.