Interview: Matt Cardle
3rd October 2012
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Former painter and decorator Matt Cardle shot to fame and became a household name when he was crowned X-Factor champion in 2010. His winning song (a cover of Biffy Clyro’s Many of Horror) was that year’s Christmas number one and stayed at the top spot for an impressive three weeks. Following his 2011 debut album, which recently went platinum, he’s now gearing up for the release of The Fire. A year on from the release of his first album, Letters, and Matt has purposefully changed the direction of his music quite a bit. Letters received fairly mixed reviews, but Matt is the first person to admit that it wasn’t the fastest paced album that’s ever been around. “I especially noticed that when we went to do it live,” he says, “and I made a conscious effort to make this one [The Fire] as upbeat and uplifting as possible.” Matt’s had much more freedom on this record, and this helped him when it came to making it more upbeat. This time, and following his change of record label, he’s been given full control of the writing and production of his music. For him, this meant he could make music that sounded exactly as he wanted it to. He spent more than a month writing and recording parts of the album in Los Angeles and Toronto. Having not travelled to America since he was very young, it was an almost entirely new experience for him. “It was amazing to be honest, I loved it out there,” he says.
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