Artist Name: Matt McGhee
Introducing Matt McGhee, a Maryland artist that is looking to pave the way for the future of The DMV music scene. After Goldlink, I believe Matt McGhee is one to keep on your radar. Matt is unique in this day and age because as he has a “level of authenticity” that can be heard in his music. From FlipMode to 1920, Matt showcases a talent that people learn to like. Check our conversation with the DMV talent below.
A&R Report: Thank you for your time Matt McGhee, How’s it going?
Matt McGhee: it’s going pretty well. Thank you for having me.
A&R Report: So you are from Maryland, the DMV area, do you feel like there’s a disadvantage from a region perspective?
Matt McGhee: I used to think there was a disadvantage because we don’t really have that many people (artists in particular) that made it out of here for whatever reason. But I think the younger generation is finding a way to sidestep all the bulls**t and still do something great. So there’s more of an advantage now because there’s a lot of eyes on us.
A&R Report: How’s the music culture in Maryland?
Matt McGhee: It’s very diverse and full of hidden talent.
A&R Report: How long have you been doing music for?
Matt McGhee: I’m about to be 22 now and I started rapping when I was 7. So roughly 15 years.
A&R Report: What do you call your signature sound? Can you describe it?
Matt McGhee: I think the best way to describe my music is the best possible mix of classic, modern, and future music. I think I do a good job of staying true to my musical roots but still trying to do something that hasn’t been done before all while staying true to my current self.
A&R Report: Did you start off as a producer or artist at first?
Matt McGhee: No I started rapping first. I started playing the piano at 10 and the drums at 12 but I never had the discipline to sit down and learn how to read music because I was so good at playing by ear. But I started making beats at 14 and I never stopped.
A&R Report: What qualities do you possess that make listeners tune in to your music?
Matt McGhee: I think it’s just the level of authenticity that I have in my music. I try to keep it really honest even if it means I gotta recognize my flaws as a person. And people can relate to it all.
A&R Report: I noticed you frequently collaborate with Lakim , from Soulection, how did that relationship begin? How’s your relationship with other members of Soulection?
Matt McGhee: Lake had just come off working with Gold link and a few other people from the area and being from Virginia, he wanted to work with more artists from the DMV so the people that ran the studio we both worked out of at the time put him on to me and GRAMFAM and he really liked our shit. And I was moving around a lot the time, meeting a lot of people, working with a lot of people and he was one of them. I don’t really know anyone else at Soulection yet.
A&R Report: Can we expect a Matt McGhee x Soulection collaboration?
Matt McGhee: I don’t know about Soulection collaboration but there’s more stuff with Lakim coming out soon. I guess that counts as Soulection collaboration.
A&R Report: Your recent project, 1920, is overall a good piece. How was the process on creating this project? How did you know the people to get on this project and whom you wanted to work with?
Matt McGhee: I was working on that stuff from the time I was 19 turning 20 and I finished it all right before my 21st birthday. I really just wanted to work with people I believe in. I knew I didn’t want to have anyone else rapping on it because I did enough songs with features earlier in the year; but the overall goal was to tell people a little more about myself. I dug a little deeper than usual on that project just to test the waters and shit. It went over pretty well so I think as time goes on I’ll be able to do more of that.
A&R Report: That Flip Mode track is crazy, and nice look Lakim and Allen Le Grand. Three questions what inspired that song? Flipmode with Busta Rhymes? And why only 2:40? I wanted another verse on there man.
Matt McGhee: Lakim sent me that beat skeleton a long time before I put anything on it. I just got the beat and added stuff to it and sat on it for like a year it was supposed to be on 1920 actually; but the inspiration was always Busta Rhymes and Jay-Z. The song is short because it wasn’t even supposed to be a big thing. I didn’t really have any initial plans for it, but a lot of my friends liked the song and I value their opinions so I just decided to finish it. I made it short so people can keep running it back.
A&R Report: Can we expect a remix to Flip mode?
Matt McGhee: Nah
A&R Report: What artists/producers/songwriters inspire you? Who do you look up to?
Matt McGhee: the Neptune’s, Timberland, Kane, No I.D., Jay-Z, James Fauntleroy, Chris Brown, Stevie Wonder, the list goes on and on.
A&R Report: What are your plans for the future? What can we expect from you?
Matt McGhee: a lot more music. 2014 I dropped a shit load of music and I kinda chilled in 2015 even though it may seem that way. But 2016 is gonna be even crazier. I’m planning to drop 3 projects next year.