Matthew Koma is currently one of the most exciting men in music. Having heard his vocals and production on some of the biggest tracks of recent memory, he's constantly climbing the industry ladder and is now preparing to unleash his debut album on the world.
Ahead of that release, Female First got the opportunity to put some questions to Matthew about his career so far, working with the likes of Tiesto and Zedd and much more. Read on to find out what he had to say.
For those who may not yet have heard your music and sound, how best would you describe yourself as an artist?
Frozen Yogurt. We've been convinced I'm good for you, but it's highly debatable and some people question the tart aftertaste. But at the end of the day, there's a flavour for everyone... what with the seasonal pumpkin / caramel flavours... plus the addition of unlimited toppings... it makes it irresistible one way or another.
You've recently worked with some big names in dance music, how was that experience with the likes of Tiesto, Zedd etc.?
I've been really fortunate to collaborate with some great artists and producers... each one of them comes with their own set of skills and strengths so every experience was completely different. I really enjoy the process of working with different people and marrying the kind of songs I write with the production values some of these guys have. It's definitely helped shape my voice and perspective.
Your vocals featured on Tiesto's new single 'Wasted', what formed this collaboration?
I had the song idea recorded and played it for Tiesto and he was into the direction because it was so outside of his usual lane. So we ate a lot of Mentos and finished the song together. It was a really easy and natural fit.
How did it feel to get to number three in the UK singles chart?
It was amazing... I've spent so much time in the UK playing shows and visiting that it felt especially great to have a song connect there. I'm so thankful for all the support the UK has showed me so early on without having released my own music yet.
In the past you've performed on some big festival stages including Coachella and Ultra Music Festival - how was that and which do you hope to perform at in the future?
It's really special to play festivals because you have the rare opportunity to check out other artists you love. At Coachella I got to play my set then run to see Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Martin Solveig, St. Vincent, Bad Religion... it doesn't get better than that. I want to play them all!
There's been a lot of success for you in the past, your work's been in movies and featured at the Super Bowl - what aims do you have going forward?
I'm really grateful for all of those opportunities and for the exposure... it's great when things like that can put a spotlight on your songs and make more people aware of your music... so I wouldn't say so much that those are "aims" as much as I just want to keep writing music that matters to me, and I hope it connects with people through many different avenues.
If you could collaborate with anybody going ahead, who would you choose and why?
So many people! I'm a huge fan of First Aid Kit and Dawes - would freak to work on something with either of them. They both are such special artists with a real perspective and something to say. That always resonates with me.
What have been some of your favourite experiences in your career to-date?
So many! This past year of shows has been really special because people are starting to connect the dots with me and all of the songs I've written, produced and featured on. To see that reaction first hand at shows is something unimaginable. Getting to collaborate with Bruce Springsteen and Sting on music - I mean those are two of my heroes. I'll never forget those highs.
What should we expect from you going forward?
I just finished my album which I can't wait for people to hear. A few new collaborations... one with Dillon Francis and one with Flux Pavillion that I am really proud of. Then a lot of touring, producing other artists' records. I just want to keep finding ways to be inspired, create and connect.
Matthew is expected to release his debut album later this year - keep up to date with him on Twitter @MatthewKoma or search Matthew Koma on Facebook. You can also visit his website at http://www.matthewkoma.com