Melody maestro Matt Henshaw is a music machine. Having played 500 shows in little over 18 months through 7 different countries he is the epitome of dedication to his craft. His honest songwriting and voice have been compared to some of soul music’s greats, this has afforded him huge respect in the independent music scene and he has developed a following all over the world.
In just 2 years the highly prolific award-winning singer-songwriter has released 3 EPs, a remix collection, a demo collection and the huge indie chart success ‘Easier’. His album-‘Belief Is All’ delivered ear-catching hooks over a darker sound and with deeper lyrical content.’Story Man’ amalgamates everything about the listening experience you love, honesty, catchiness, mystery and style. Play it on repeat, you know you want to!
How would you describe your style?
Peace, Love & Tea B-Boy Soul.
Why do you do what you do?
Catharsis. Music is by far the best way to get things out of my system and to really cleanse my inner spirit.
Ambition or talent: which matters more to you?
Talent, always. They say hard-work can get you anywhere but without ability or a raw skill for something you will never be able to get to the upper echelons of your industry.
What inspires you to create music?
Lame cliche, but life and all the subtle and nuanced experiences that we encounter along the way.
How did you find the scouting process in Rehegoo?
It was Great. A set of good guys, easy to communicate with and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure the artist’s needs are fulfilled.
How did you feel when signing a contract with Rehegoo?
Upbeat, it was relieving to put pen to paper and know I was part of a growing music voice for independent artists.
What is the greatest achievement of your career so far?
Knowing that if I wanted to, I could be anywhere in the world, on my own with no connections and still carve out a career in making music.
What has been the biggest obstacle?
People saying “No”. There is always someone who will tell ‘’you aren’t good enough’’, or ‘’that is a bad idea’’ or ‘’it won’t work’. One has to use that negativity to fuel our burning desire to create and see where it leads us!
What is the best and worst gig you have ever played?
‘Best gig’ probably Bremen University when the PA cut out halfway through the first tune, which should be the worst gig, but I played the rest of the show completely acoustic and it turned out to be really, really great. Not sure about ‘worst gig’, tend not to keep count.
What is your worst and best fan moment?
My fans have given me some phenomenal gifts and drawings, LEGO people, and all sorts of cool stuff. I love to see kids sing and dance, it doesn’t really matter what I’m playing at that point.
What is a favorite song of yours?
They are my children and I love them all for various different reasons, but I think one called ‘The Fire Pit’ definitely deserves more love, it’s from a weird little obscure place in my brain that doesn’t come out very often, but I love it.