We caught up with the highly original & creative Birmingham artist formerly of The Day Ends & Miss Halliwell, to find out what he’s up to now.
What made you go it alone after working in a band scenario for so long? I've been pulling bands together since I was 16. Not being from a musical background meant I was pretty naive at the time, but that naivety helped create years of pretty original (slightly crazy) and always ambitious band music. It all peaked with Miss Halliwell and The Day Ends. Socially and financially it became exhausting and I honestly just wanted to see if I could craft actual stand alone songs rather than rely on creating this group energy all the while. I'm proud of being a bit of a trailblazer with the band scene and seeing people inspired. There's so much more I could say here but it's best to stay in the present.
Are you trying anything different from what you’ve done before in creating, recording or performing? After moving on from my "Bandleader MPH" mentality I have found that I could put some serious time and effort into churning out very smart tunes and lyrics. I even have around 7 keyboard piano songs. I haven't gone all fake voice and faux emotional like most seem to be in the limelight. I don't want to ask the audience to pander to my emotional pretence, I just want to give people a good time with inventive songwriting. No backing tracks or beats, although I will have a new guitarist adding some flavour at my show at The Mitre on 21st March. It's free in and starts at 7:30pm sharp. The set contains 23 original songs and I've treated every line of every one with great attention to detail. People seem to be really enjoying the clarity of it.
Is there a release coming up? Hopefully by the time this piece goes out I'll have a new video single on my Matt Philip Hale YouTube channel. It's a kind of satirical / skeptical piano ballad called "Adult Contemporary". Anyone who fancies getting happily lost down a rabbit hole of my work need only look me up and find there is plenty of treasure to be found. My work with The CPM Connection and Beats by Sean at Cerebral Palsy Midlands is also well worth checking out and supporting. Sublime sounds and great characters. Valuable and resourceful work indeed.