in2 Interview: Pop star with the X Factor

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Matt Terry
Matt Terry

DESPITE the Saturday night ratings for X Factor flagging compared to those of Strictly, there’s still plenty to credit the show for – including being the stratospheric launch pad for artists such as ID, Little Mix, Olly Murs, James Arthur, Louisa Johnson and most recently Matt Terry, whose chart success shows no sign of waning.

Matt, from Bromley, Kent, won last year’s 13th series of The X Factor. His winner’s single When Christmas Comes Around written by Ed Sheeran was a top 10 hit and a collaboration this summer with Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul resulted in Súbeme La Radio perhaps one of the most played and recognisable tunes over the past few months. “That Spanish/Latin vibe is definitely here to stay – people love it,” says Matt.

Fresh from this success, Matt is now set to release his debut album ‘Trouble’ which he has co-written. “I think people will be surprised.

“I have been travelling non-stop and written the album all over the world – from Miami, Madrid, Finland, Norway and Sweden. We wrote a total of 70 songs but have narrowed it down to 13 for the album so really happy with everything and how it’s turned out. There’s something for everyone, ballads, the sucker for you vibe and more Spanish tracks.”

Sucker for You is Matt’s first single off the album, a radio-friendly pop song and one that has gone down a storm. “I just wanted to write about something super relatable, that everybody’s been through so I thought why not pick the topic of falling in love with somebody that doesn’t really love you back. I put all my personal experience into that and came up with Sucker For You.”

Matt Terry

His favourite song on the album though is ‘The Thing About Love.’ “It’s a really relatable song, very open and honest and I enjoy singing it. It’s one everyone will enjoy.”

The collaboration with Enrique Iglesias so early in his career is something many people question how it came about.
“I was in Miami recording and got a call from my label (RCA Records) who is also Enrique’s label, they wanted a British artist who could speak Spanish. I grew up in Spain and lived there for eight years. I put the vocals down and they were really happy with what I’d done. It was in the Top 10 for 14 weeks.”

Are there any more collaborations in the pipeline? “I would love to work with Camila Cabello and do something Spanishy,” he reveals.

For now though Matt’s waiting to see how his debut album does and is looking forward to touring in 2018. “I’m really excited about touring again,” he says.

“It will mainly be UK but we will see where the album sells and go from there.”
He also made a welcome return to the X Factor studio last weekend and performed his new single live to rapturous applause from the judges.

So who does he think should be crowned this year’s X Factor winner?
“A group should win this year, it’s good to have a bit of a change so Rak-Su or the Cutkelvins are my choice.”

Matt credits his love of music coming from a musical family. “We always listened to Motown, Whitney Houston etc. and always played music at home. I’d always sung and had singing lessons.  “People always used to say ‘Matt can sing’ but I never really believed in it.” Now he can believe it. Since leaving the X Factor it’s been a whirlwind of success for Matt. “I’m over the moon, I’m super happy,” he adds.

Matt Terry’s debut album ‘Trouble’ is out now.

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