Chicago born and bred native, Matt Muse released his new EP titled, Love and Nappyness. The EP explores a range of themes from more personal topics from his upbringing as well as, promoting self love and care. Matt took some time to answer our Q&A series to learn a bit more about him.
What were your biggest motivations for going into music?
My biggest motivation to start music was watching both my parents love for music manifest in various ways throughout my upbringing, and watching artists like Common and Kanye West who look like me and are from the same place as me find successful careers in hip-hop.
Did you explore other mediums, like art, if so, do you still continue them?
When I was much younger I had a huge sketchbook that my dad bought me and I’d draw in it all the time. I also played the trumpet and piano growing up. I no longer draw, but I’m getting back into playing the piano and I want to learn how to play the guitar asap
Tell me about how you got involved in Young Chicago Authors artist organisation and what it is?
Young Chicago Authors is a literary organization in Chicago that uses hip-hop/poetry pedagogy to encourage students to become masters or their own narratives through the lens of creative writing. The organization hosts Chicago’s longest running youth open mic called ‘Wordplay’ every Tuesday and I got involved with the organisation by attending that open mic. I would travel back and forth from my college Wordplay whenever I could so folks could hear the music I was working on. After I graduated, the organisation was hiring and I put in an app and got hired, it’s the best job I’ve ever worked.
Check out the video to his single ‘MYSELF’, taken from his new EP Love & Nappyness:
What advice would you give to your younger self when you first started making music?
I’d tell my younger self to take advantage of time, don’t waste any of it. I’d tell him to be more open-minded. I’d tell him that its all gonna pay off the moment you start to fully believe in yourself and bet on yourself.
What’s challenges have you faced as an artist, and how have you overcome them?
Self-doubt is really the only challenge I’ve faced. I work on it every day by affirming myself and reminding myself that I’m not in competition with anyone but the man in the mirror.
Is there anyone you have been listening to in the UK, if so, who?
Technically Jorja Smith and Adele, but I need to step up my UK game, I’m open tp any and all music suggestions.
What else do you have planned for the rest of year, any live shows, festivals?
Dropping some more music videos. Had a release show for Love & Nappyness and that was incredible. Looking to do some more performances as the year goes on, but the main focus is getting more visual content out for my fans/listeners
You can have a listen to his latest EP, Love & Nappyness: