Austin, Texas’ Matt Wilson music has been classified as, Pop, Rock, R&B, Country and Neo-Soul. His sound has been compared to artist like, Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Bill Withers, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Gavin DeGraw. Helping him in his musical efforts is his band known simply as the, Matt Wilson Band (Kevin Flatt- guitar, trumpet & vocals, Steve Zirkel – bass and vocals, Michael Kopp – drums).
Wilson got started on his music career playing drums and piano at the church where his father was the pastor and organist. His list of accomplishments include performing at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and guest starring in the Carolina Opry at Myrtle Beach in 2006. The Texas State Senate has also honored him with a resolution for his achievements in the area of fine arts. Wilson first gained national exposure performing to sold-out crowds as the, “Piano Man” in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award winning musical “Movin’ Out.”
With the help of the fine folks over at Cyber PR/ Ariel Publicity I was able to do a short interview with Matt that is found below.
Q:What’s the greatest thing that’s ever been said about your music?
A:There have been times where people have approached me and responded emotionally to the songs. They have expressed that these tunes have helped them get through something difficult or feel optimistic about where they are heading. It’s great to create an atmosphere of “fun” for an audience, however, to reach someone emotionally means that something bigger than just entertainment is taking place. That’s the power of music!
Q:What are your main musical influences?
A:Gospel, 50’s through 70’s Rock n Roll, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Joel, Elton John, Ray Charles, Bill Withers, 70’s and 80’s Country
Q:What’s the song you’re most proud of writing?
A:I’m most proud of the tunes where I allowed the songwriting process to happen naturally. Any songwriter knows that you can say a song is complete just to be done with it when in reality it needs more time and attention. The opposite can also be true in that you over analyze a song and change it for the wrong reasons. Finding this balance as a songwriter means that you are learning your craft. I’m not sure if you can learn to write a song… I believe songwriting is a creative gift…. However, you can learn to write better songs and work on your craft. Getting better at your craft… That’s something to take credit for and be proud of.
Q:Have you played any great live shows lately?
A:The band just celebrated our 10 year anniversary in Austin, TX at The Rattle Inn. A full house of family, friends, and fans made the night special. The band was overwhelmed with the support.
Q:Are you working on any music right now?
A:Yes, I am always writing something. I believe a songwriter should always be aware of his or her surroundings as it pertains to their craft and their creativity. I do my best to always record thoughts on my phone or write stuff down when it hits me… I have a large file of unfinished material in my studio. Sometimes, the best songs come from rediscovering what I started writing years ago…
Q:What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you?
A:That’s a tough question! If I can’t recall after some thought, I guess I don’t have a great answer…
Wilson just released, Matt Wilson Band- ‘Volume 2000–2010’ on Fable Records, a 10-track set of soul-gospel-by-way-of-Broadway inspired pop-rock tunes of fan favorites taken from the band’s previous four releases. It said to be an opportunity to get pristine studio versions of the Matt Wilson Band’s original music live show.
By C.W. Ross