Mathew V is a 19 year old soul/pop/blues artist based in Vancouver, Canada. He’s trained for 10 years in classical music and opera before writing his own soul music. He moved to London, England on his own when he was just 17 year olds where he taught himself to write and compose music pulling inspiration from likes of Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith, Fleetwood Mac as well as Soul/Gospel Music.
When describing the inspiration behind his latest release The Fifth, Mathew shares “One day my friend was calling me in her car using Siri, who when prompted to “call Mathew V…” replied with “… calling Mathew The Fifth.” I said right then and there, “that is badass! I’m going to make that an album title!” Over the year of making the record that was title that stuck. It plays off of Mathew’s last initial “V” and reflects a new way to see him.
“The Fifth is a labour of love and the result of experimentation, collaboration and a whole lot of sleepless nights. Every song on the record sounds totally different from one another, which is what my favourite pop records have in common. If you don’t adapt you die… and I am constantly adapting and pulling new inspirations.”
Before signing his record deal, Mathew made his first EP independently called “Sounds” which was about a boy that broke his heart. With “Broken” he branches out sonically and lyrically from the sad songs written in the past, and tries some self-empowering, full-on pop. The release recruits the help of dance pop group DiRTY RADiO to help co-write and produce the single. “I think together we made something that is completely new from my past work, and will create a path for my new music to walk down in the future,” Mathew states.
The video for “Broken” was inspired by a trip to a gay bar in Vancouver. “One of the Drag Queens started performing my first single “Tell Me Smooth.” I was so shocked and flattered, I knew that she HAD to be in my music video. Ilona and her friend South East were able to come help as well as some other amazing artists, dancers and friends. The song is about getting back up on my feet and I wanted to have as much fun as possible and I wanted to incorporate people I love to help showcase how I put my broken pieces back together.”
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