Hailing from Illinois, United States Navy Diver, Matt Strom is fueling his burning passion for creating art in the form of intoxicating melodies.
With a long-time passion for music, Matt Strom took a chance on himself as he encouraged his musical growth by learning how to play guitar three years ago. His talents were quickly noticed as he was selected as, ‘Breakout Artist,’ at Off The Row Studio.
His ambitions and goals are best lived out by creating music that helps other people in the same way that music has helped him throughout his life.
Releasing five tracks with Off The Row Studio, Matt Strom’s most recent single, "Childish Drive,” has us feeling the soul-infused ambiance radiated from this emerging artist.
Delving into an artistic genre of Country meets Rock, Matt Strom’s latest release has an effervescent power that is sure to put you under. The seamless execution of the prominent instrumentation has a top tier production value as each element is given its own spotlight to dance upon. Amplifying the sumptuous guitar licks performed, we are swept into the composition of Matt Strom’s genius.
Using the smooth and empowering presence of his vocalization, Matt Strom tells a tale of not letting time slip away right before us. Emphasizing the “Childish Drive,” that each of us has born into us, he places his emotion-driven expressions into a musical vessel as he establishes the confidence within himself to take his life back.
As Matt Strom’s lively vibrations cascade upon this pulsating masterpiece, we are found in a nostalgic state reminiscing on the finer moments that our lives have to offer.
There is a prevailing pull that Matt Strom executes with the passion he sets forth. Triumphantly conquering his goals and ambitions, he creates mesmerizing melodies that are more felt than heard. The world of Country-Rock better be prepared because Matt Strom’s talents are arriving in a swift manner.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Matt Strom! Congratulations on the release of your latest single, “Childish Drive.” We love the meaning behind this record. What moment inspired the creation of “Childish Drive?”
In a writing session with a friend, he said he wanted to write a song about being tired of the 9-5. We got to talking about how there are so many things we would rather be doing, the dreams we had as kids. From that point on it just started rolling.
How did you come to create the wonderful relationship that you have with Off The Row Studio?
It is easy when the people you meet are wonderful. Off the Row Studio made me feel like family and do to this day. They work with all these wonderful artists but still take the time to make you feel special. They are amazing and I am so grateful for everything they have done for me.
Could you please share a glimpse of the creative process that birthed “Childish Drive”?
It started with the first line, from there it grew. We knew what we wanted to write about so we built around that idea. We spend so much time in our comfort zone and we sometimes forget to realize that this is our only life to live. When we were kids we would fail and try again as many times as it took, that “Childish Drive” is what we need to find to chase our dreams. Cause it is better to try and fail than regret trying at all.
What musical and non-musical inspirations do you allow to influence the music that you create?
Musically I grew up in 90s Country, the authentic writing about life, and what we experience has always inspired me. I think that if you can write something that you sing with just an acoustic guitar and that moves people that’s where the beauty is. Garth, Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Cody Jinks, Koe Wetzel, Read Southall, Tyler Childers, are the guys who inspire me. My non-musical inspirations are just life, the feelings I feel, as well as the people around me, I just try to capture that.
2020 has been a very challenging year for everyone. What has been keeping you inspired to create music? What advice can you give another artist who's finding it difficult to do so?
When I started writing music I was in a bad place, and music helped me through it. Music has always been the thing that has helped me through. My songs have all been inspired by what I have experienced in my life. So I stayed true to why I started writing, and what I was writing about. Life is hard all around and music and love will get us through all our struggles.