A singer/songwriter that has made his way to London via Madrid, Matias Malagardis has been causing a stir with his latest release ‘What You’ve Done’. With a style that fits so well into British sensibilities, the 20-year-old shows incredible promise at this early stage in his career. We caught up with him to chat about his latest single and his plans for the rest of the year.
‘What You’ve Done’ is a fantastic single – how did the inspiration for it come about?
My life was turned upside down after a long period of unease. I felt unsettled, struggling to keep a hold on my old self. Things just weren’t the same as they once were. I suppose ‘What You’ve Done’ is just me expressing that realisation.
You’ve had quite a good start to your career, working with producers such as Pete Smith – how did this come about?
I’ve been able to work with Pete through BIMM. It has been very helpful and has taught me a lot of things as a songwriter. I’m very thankful for having had the opportunity and for all the interest he’s shown in my work.
Who would you cite as your biggest influences?
Jack Johnson, Sufjan Stevens and Ben Howard.
Is there any Spanish influence in your music?
Even though I’ve not been directly influenced by much Spanish music, I believe that there is a bit of where I come from in my music.
Who are some other artists that you have your eyes on at the moment?
I listen to a lot of artists that I really admire but lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Dope Lemon, Summer Salt and Still Woozy. It’s music that gets me thinking about them summer days.
What does the rest of 2019 have in store for you?
Let’s hope good things! Me and the band have a lot of stuff ready for this year but to be honest, I’m mostly looking forward to finding some time so I can get back out in the surf for a while.