Alanna Matty Chats of Current Pandemic, Music, and More!

Up and coming artist ALANNA MATTY has two EPs, with all new music coming soon aside from the most recent single "Little Dreamer" being released recently. With covid still far from over, Alanna chats about it, her music, and what's up next for her and the rest of this year!

1. Please tell us about your musical history.

I’ve been a musician most of my life, from playing classical piano and performing in musicals as a kid, to eventually starting to write my own music and teaching myself guitar, music has always played a big part in my life.

2. What’s the origin of your artist name?

My actual last name is horrendous to pronounce, so I’ve been shortening it to Matty for many years, dating back to public school when it became a bit of a nickname.

3. Where are you based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local artists you could recommend?

I’m based in Toronto, Canada and the music scene is extremely active but also very competitive. There are many amazing artists here, too many to be able to single out any that I would recommend above others.

4. How would you describe your style?

I think the word chill is a little overused these days, but is also a great way to describe my style and arguably also my personality haha. Even when I write about subjects that make me angry or happy, they tend to come across laid back; like something you’d listen to while hiking through the woods, or driving home late at night.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

I’ve released two EPs and a full length album over the span of about twelve years. My first EP I released on my own in my final year of high school, and the full length album (which features a full band) came out at the tail end of college. I’m still really proud of the tracks on them, even as they come up on being almost a decade old; there are some more upbeat and hard hitting tracks on Ante Meridiem (the album) including A Song For My Love which is arguably one of my favorite tracks.

This Past Year EP and all of the singles since are much more laid back and intimate , but even if you go back to my older tunes, the honesty and genuine emotion in the lyrics and melody continue to be relatable and draw you in. 

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes! I just released “Little Dreamer” in July but I have a few more singles planned for release over the next 6 months!

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

With COVID being what it is, I don’t have any shows or touring plans at the moment. As soon as things open up again and travel becomes possible (and safe!) I will be playing in person again. In the meantime I’ve been playing music Live 3-4 times a week on Twitch, which has been an incredible replacement while things are locked down, and something I plan to continue into the future.

8. What plans do you have for the future?

Touring, more music releases, collaborations, maybe getting another dog? I’d also perhaps like to learn how to play the drums someday haha

9. Where can we listen to your music and where can we buy your stuff?

My music is available on all platforms, including Spotify, iTunes and bandcamp.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Probably that it’s all going to turn out okay. My music is melancholic, and that is something many people can relate to, and find themselves in, but I want them to feel all of those feelings and then know that there’s light on the other side, and things will work out just fine. 

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