Describing his sound as R&B with hints of soul, Louis Mattrs is a singer/songwriter-meets-producer, and perhaps most importantly, a pizza and chips lover from Brighton. “I started making beats when I was younger”, he began, “and as time went on I decided this is what I want to do with my life. I dabbled in singing at university and took it from there”.
Returning to the limelight with latest single, ‘Killer’, Louis Mattrs is no stranger to the music world. With an incredible twilight visual, the video was filmed by Drew Cox in the early morning. Using a drone carrying two spotlights, the video sees Louis running through a forest, performing the track and its potent lyricism. A song about protecting the one you love, the single cements this artist as a firm one to watch for 2018.
Brighton born and raised, Louis Mattrs is very much a product of his environment, his surroundings, and those physical attributes that makeup his hometown. Combined, these influence the narrative he threads throughout his tracks. Speaking about this he said, “I am what I am because of my surroundings. I’m not trying to be someone I’m not. The songs that I write are about what I’ve experienced and hopefully people can relate to them”. As an artist, he has always had confidence in his music; “My friends and family have supported me from the very start. My mates take the piss a lot but who has friends that don’t? Sometimes it’s hard to predict if other people will like it too though. It’s an amazing and surreal feeling that I can upload my music from my bedroom and it then be heard by people on the other side of the world”.
Famous fans include P-Diddy and Kylie Jenner. Louis explained, “I don’t know what it is with America. Often someone will tweet my shit in the middle of the night and I’ll wake up to a timeline of mad messages from people that I’d never thought would get to hear my music”.
We went on to speak about the video to his latest single, ‘Killer’. In short, I wanted to know what the visual represented and how it tied in to the meaning of the song; “Well to start”, he began, “the drones were amazing to watch in action. The video is open to interpretation, but our main goal was to create something that was purely visually appealing. The song itself is about how we’ll do almost anything for those we love. It’s not about literally being in love with a killer”.
When it comes to getting into the right headspace to create music, Louis Mattrs doesn’t have a specific way of creating. “It changes all the time depending on how I feel”, he said. “Sometimes I start out making a drum loop and then add chords whilst freestyling melodies into the mic. Other times I simply sit at the piano and won’t leave until I’ve written a full song”. But what are the most important elements when creating new music? “Melodies, rhythm and feel. In my opinion, without these three things, a song won’t be very good”.
Louis Mattrs creates, and continues to create, with the hope that people will feel something when listening to his music. “Whether it’s happy or sad, as long as it’s something”, he said. “I keep creating music because it’s what I love to do. It’s when I’m at my happiest”.