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THE PURSUIT OF MORE WITH MATT FAWCETT


With over 100 performances notched throughout the Midwest, dynamic singer-songwriter Matt Fawcett is no stranger to festivals, charity events, churches and even house shows taking place in the living rooms of his biggest fans. His unique blend of country music with a contemporary Christian twist and a speck of bluegrass is influenced by some of the greatest songwriters and performers of our time, including Garth Brooks and Steven Curtis Chapman.


What were your musical influences that inspired your new music?


As a kid I grew up listening to Christian and Country music and there are definitely heavy influences from both of those genres in the music that I write. In high school I played in a marching band so 80’s rock and roll was added in there as a pretty heavy influence as well. Are there any specific terms you have with yourself to make sure to put out the best version of your music possible? I always want to be getting better, so I have an unwritten rule that I should be more proud of the mix I’m putting out currently than my last one. That keeps my focus on creating my best music now and also keeping things from staying on the hard drive too long. I want people to know that my music will never be perfect. I created it and I’m not a perfect person, not by a long shot. However, the music that I create will be the best that I can possibly make at the time that I release it. How do you magnify what needs to be changed when creating new music? I think being honest with myself about where I am and where I want to be is the best place to start. It’s really easy to point out things in others that they should change, but when we look at ourselves, I think if we are all honest, we’d have to admit that there is a lot that needs to change in us as well. If I’m authentically able to see areas that I can grow and be better then I try to speak to myself first and others can listen in. I’m not a big fan of just telling other people how they need to be or do. I have enough problems of my own that I need to address that I’d rather help others through how they see me change than to assume I have it all together and from that I am just preaching something only they need to hear. Who helps aid you when you are being too hard on yourself? I have a few friends that are really close to me, my wife being one of the best people who do this for me. I will send them what I’m working on to get a better gauge on what’s going on. They all know me too well so they know when I need to be pushed or when I’m just being too hard on myself. It’s a relationship filled with a lot of grace and understanding. They all want me to get better but not at the expense of who God created me to be. Is there anything in terms of your music that may seem too overwhelming? How have you navigated in being able to share the load of your work with others in the process? Goodness, the entire landscape of being an independent musician is overwhelming. The main thing that I’ve found that has really helped me out is to set realistic goals when it comes to the day to day things that need to happen and set the crazy goals for the dreams to shoot for. When people switch that it’s really easy to let overwhelm control procrastination. I’m always looking for people who can help me serve my audience well and be able to allow others to be a part of the process without me losing creative control. The truth of the matter is that I have friends that will see things better than I can in a way to present things creatively and it would actually be a disservice to my audience for me to do it instead of them. Any burst of creativity that you're experiencing right now? Tons of it, and honestly it mostly comes from waking up early in the morning and getting things done that I’ve wanted to do for a while now. I just finished recording and releasing a song for every day of December till Christmas Day on top of finishing my new single coming out January 6th. When you put your head down as a creative and get to work, it’s amazing how many ideas come when you start implementing the ones you already have. How do you keep the fun in your work? I know that the best of my work is still ahead of me. There are songs that I love playing now that I’ve already written, but I know there will be so many more that will be even more fun to create, record and play. The pursuit of trying new things and being willing to fail in order to create something far greater than you have in the past is where the real fun is. Leave LINKS AND leave a Lyric from your music to remember you by! Every person has a story, every story is a song, sometimes all we need is just to sing along, so sing along. Join my Fan Community: https://matt.fawcettmusic.com

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