Matt Sequeira is a singer/ songwriter, and producer originally from the Central Valley in California. He got his start from making covers in his bedroom, and quickly worked his way to professionally releasing his own original music. He puts out music that his generation can just let go and have fun to, while also tying in meaningful lyrics. We got the chance to talk with Matt and ask him some importance about his career. Check out the interview below.
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Tell us about your background, what have you gotten to where you are today?
“I started by doing covers in my bedroom, until one day a producer hit me up from Capitol Records Tower wanting to work with me. From there I worked more alongside him releasing multiple songs in various genres. I grew as an independent artist and moved to Nashville, TN to pursue music production with an internship with Nathan Walters. Confused in what genre to pursue a singing career in, I took a short break and decided to focus on producing other artists. Finally, realizing my love for punk music I decided to move back to California and pursue an artist career in that genre. I recently released my first five song Punk EP “Weirdo”, and I plan on releasing more music this upcoming year.”
Where are you from?
“I am from the Central Valley in California, more specifically the small town of Merced. My family came from a small island in Azores, Portugal, immigrating to the US early on in their lives in search for a better future.”
When did you start music?
“I started playing piano at the young age of seven years old. I kept my ambitions and dreams hidden until entering High School. At that point I had already taught myself how to sing and play guitar. During school breaks, I would perform to the students around me. Eventually being encouraged to audition for American Idol in 2015, my audition was broadcasted on live TV. Since then, all my goals moving forward have been towards music.”
How did you get into music?
“On my 7th birthday, my parents had decided to take me and my family on a road trip across the United States. During this trip we visited Elvis Presley’s mansion in Graceland, TN. My little seven year old imagination couldn’t handle the endless possibilities of what I could do with music. Once getting home from the trip, I would run up to family members during family gatherings and ask them to watch my Elvis impersonation. I probably twisted my hips and lifted my lip about a thousand times, I had caught the music bug.”
What is the most challenging thing you have overcome in your life?
“At the age of 16 years old, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Being diagnosed at such a young age really affected my self-esteem. I had a lot of aggression towards myself and the world for making me stand out and not fit in. I hated that I was different and had to live a different lifestyle. Through time I realised It was okay to be different and that the pain I felt would not only make me a better, stronger and more compassionate person, but also a better songwriter.”
Are you currently signed or independent?
I am currently an independent artist.
Who inspires you the most musically?
“I grew up listening to various genres and artists, but the music that always inspired and touched me the most were 00’s, punk/rock bands including Green Day, Panic! at the Disco, Three Days Grace, Paramore, etc.”
What do you want people to take away after listening to your music?
“I want my fans and listeners to know it is okay to just have fun with who they are and loosen up. Whatever troubles or hardships you are going through will fade and you will succeed and find happiness within yourself. Live your life to the fullest.”
Any new music coming out soon?
“Yes. I have a Punk version to a Christmas classic “Deck the Halls” releasing December 1st, and it will be available on all platforms. I also have new singles scheduled for release in 2021.”
What is your greatest achievement as a musician?
“My greatest achievement as a musician was having the opportunity to record several singles in the iconic Capitol Records Tower. The studio is home to so many number one hit songs and top charting artists, that I truly felt that my career as an artist was not only moving in the right direction, but taking huge steps towards success.”
Who is one artist you wish you could work with?
“Hayley Williams, from the band Paramore.”
Tell us about any new music you have coming out? When is coming out? What is it about?
“I’m planning on releasing a single early 2021. The message I want to relay with this song is that no matter the current situation you are in right now, one day you will find love.”
What does a day inside your shoes look like?
“I wake up early, get ready and make myself a full breakfast. After that, I take some time to get my head and mindset in a positive place. Then, I take my coffee to my studio and start my work day. A work day with me can contain various tasks depending on music I have to work on for myself or clients’ music I need to complete. I’m a workaholic so I usually don’t stop working until I finish my tasks for the day, which sometimes results in me skipping several meals. To relax my mind after work I watch anime and eat cereal before going to bed.”
Anything else you want the audience to know about you?
“In 2018, I lived for 3 months in the Azores islands of Portugal performing many paid shows and sold out on merch within the first week. It meant a lot to me since it was the first time I felt people connecting to my music. I can’t wait to travel the world and connect with many other fans internationally. I also have an incredible support system with my parents, siblings and fiancé always supporting me every step of the way. I am truly blessed and more than content with my life at this point.”
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For more information on Matt Sequeira refer to the links below:
Listen to Matt’s EP “Weirdo” here
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