Interview with Matt Monsoor

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Matt Monsoor’s new Single ‘‘Galloway’’ is out now 

 
Matt Monsoor is a singer-songwriter, La Crosse that after 10-year Hiatus just come back with a new single called Galloway. Very interesting to dive into his way of producing songs and his newest music inspiration.

HELLO MATT, CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW SINGLE CALLED ”GALLOWAY”, TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS RELEASE AND YOUR STORY SO FAR.

Galloway is the second single I’ve released in 2021. It has been a ten year stretch since my last album. Like most, there has been a lot of reflection that has happened over the last year or so which has brought on a variety of changes. I’ve released five albums between 2000 and 2012 but never approached music seriously. I thought I’d take this opportunity to try a different, more focused approach than I previously had in the past. 

HOW WAS RECORDING THE SONG ON YOUR OWN AND WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USUALLY USE TO PRODUCE YOUR MUSIC?

I have always done my own recordings which has been great because it is affordable, comfortable, and flexible but my engineering skills are average at best and I’m left wanting more sonically. I recorded Galloway but it was mixed by Shane Leonard who also plays drums. It has been a great experience working outside the box with someone like Shane who is riddled with talent as a musician and producer. Over the years my equipment or DAW has ranged from a Yamaha MiniDiscRecorder for the first two albums, to ProTools, to now Logic and the fanciest mic in my arsenal is the popular EV RE20. 

EARLIER THIS YEAR YOU RELEASED ALSO ANOTHER TUNE NAMED “THE ROWER”. WHAT’S THE STORY ABOUT THIS SONG INSTEAD? 

The Rower was a way to remove myself from the toxic environment and culture that was surfacing in America. It was also a stepping stone to familiarize myself with Logic since I no longer had Pro Tools. It provided a good escape during some dark days whether it was playing it on the guitar or learning how to track and mix it. 

YOUR GENRE DEFINITELY RANGES INTO DIFFERENT MUSIC REALMS, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND?

There are so many genres, sounds and textures that I find inspiring. I appreciate the artists who are constantly changing their sound and exploring new territory vs. playing it safe. Marc Bolan seems to be a common denominator that comes up often and I’m definitely a fan of a 70’s production vibe. Hopefully the ‘sound’ will continue to evolve and change.

WHAT ARE THE ARTISTS THAT INSPIRED YOUR SONGWRITING THE MOST RECENTLY?

Since releasing this tune I started listening to Big Thief and Andy Shauf which are both new to me. They both have so much material to go through but there have been some real gems. It’s amazing how much material they already have. I should’ve listened to my friend Franke when he sent ‘em to me a couple years ago. I’m always late to the game.  A couple favorite artists off the top of my head include Blake Mills, Fionna Apple, Allen Toussaint, TV on the Radio… the list could go on and on. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE MUSIC SCENE IN WISCONSIN, AND WHAT ARE THE ARTISTS YOU ENJOY THE MOST FROM THE AREA?

The music scene is alive and well in Wisconsin! I feel fortunate to be living in such a beautiful community centrally located between Minneapolis,MN and Milwaukee/Madison/EauClaire. LaCrosse is such a great hub for bands traveling through on off nights. I hope we can provide even more of an opportunity for that to happen in the future. 

One of my favorite songwriters is Jon Sunde. I think he is one of the best around anywhere and I’m just thankful we have him in the area. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE 2021? 

At the rate time has been moving, I feel like 2021 will be over in a blink of an eye. We have some home projects we’ve been working on and I’m excited to get back to the studio in Feb. to record an EP with Matthew Skemp and Shane. It’ll be the first time tracking in a studio in a long time. More importantly I’m looking forward to spending some time with friends and collaborating on a project together.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

Thank you to the readers and listeners out there. Hopefully Galloway can help put you in your happy place. I sure appreciate the time Romeo, thank you. 

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