Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Suggett.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a musician and soon to be a father. I am half white, half Mexican. I am originally from San Diego and spent a decade in Oakland. I now reside in West LA, Culver City to be exact. By day, I work for a Swedish owned music company and by night, I produced and compose music for indie artists and brands across the world. Music is the one annoyingly persistent thing that has been in my life since early on. I have never known a world without it. It has brought me across the world, got me in the studio with Dr. Dre, prompted strangers to write me heartfelt emails expressing how it changed their lives, prompted brands to pay me to use my music, but most importantly, kept this time on earth really enjoyable.
Please tell us about your music.
I produce music for personal projects, produce for artists, and compose music for brands and Ads. I create everything mainly on Ableton and have been for about five years. I originally started creating instrumental electronic music to play at hippy festivals, but lately, I’ve been in more of the space of producing records with artists that have something to say. I was fortunate enough to be connected with the amazing Baby Rose and produced the record “Mortal” and “Artifacts”. It’s been amazing to see how well received the songs have done. Everything I create is something I personally like and that’s usually the only criteria. Since a good majority of the music I make is instrumental, the message is really up to the listener which makes things a little easy. I’m a sucker for music that makes you feel slightly more sad. I’m not a sad guy at all, it just is what it is.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
It can definitely be lonely at times. Remember that other artists, for the most part, are just as lonely as you. I would recommend trying not to use social media as the only way to be in touch with those friends. Doing real-life things like seeing a movie, getting coffee, and going to the beach is a solid way to build friendships and inspiration. I heard this thing that this one successful guy does. He said something like “If you’re thinking about a person, text them in that exact moment and let them know you’re thinking about them”. That one is something that I apply 60% of the time 100% of the time, but it’s pretty amazing to reach out and connect spontaneously. Just don’t be creepy about it.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
One can find my music in all the right music places. I have a song coming out November 5th with my friend Tay Iwar called “Learn”. It’s a special record and he lives all the way in Nigeria. I directed the music video too!