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Meet Matt Minigell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Minigell.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
When I was growing up I was always pretty bookish, and I was really into music. Before I learned to play an instrument, I wrote little poems and stories and started imaginary bands with my brother Pete. We wrote a lot of songs, and we’d hold “concerts” for family members at parties (apparently Pete would charge admission sometimes; I only recently found that out). I got pretty hooked on the guitar when I was about 8 years old, and I started learning how to record when I was probably 12ish. Eventually I got confident enough to put a band together and started seriously gigging, which is what I’ve been doing ever since.

Please tell us about your art.
I’m a songwriter and performer. I write a lot of lyrics and music and I’m not sure why I do it exactly; I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t playing around with some sort of melody. I think it’s just the way my brain works.

I struggle a little with social anxiety, so when I’m out places I like to I carry a notebook around with me so I look busy. It’s a good way to jot down bits of conversation, ideas etc. right when they happen. Cocktail napkins work too if you’re trying to look cool. I come up with a lot of my lyrics that way.

The music usually comes out when I sit down with the guitar or at the piano with a good sheet of words in front of me. The songs pop into my head fully written sometimes too, usually while I’m driving, which is perilous. I edit a lot more these days, but I don’t force it; if a song doesn’t jump out immediately, I use it for scraps.

I don’t think I have a message. Hope, I guess? Nihilism is overrated.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
– Simpler = better

– Sing like you talk (wisest thing anyone ever told me). Death to the marble-mouths!

– Be nice to the waitstaff

– Be nice to yourself

– If you screw up, don’t stop. Say you meant to do it. Say it was Jazz

– Don’t feel like you have to be happy all the time

– Go to the library

– Take walks

I wish I saw the value in self-trust when I was younger. I’ve come to believe that as long as you did your best and didn’t cut too many corners, second-guessing will do nothing but keep you up at night. Making a big decision is like jumping over a chasm on a bike. At a certain point, you’ve just got to start pedaling like hell and know that you’re going to figure it out.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I play out a bunch, so catching a gig is a good way to hear me. I post my dates online via my fancy official website (link below I think). You can buy merch right on there too! I also work as a busker when I’m in Boston, so you might see me down there too if you’re riding the subway.

Going to shows is definitely the number one way of supporting what I do, but buying a record, sharing a song, tipping a couple bucks if you come across me down in the subway – it all helps. Even just getting messages from people feels really nice sometimes, especially when I’m on the road. It’s easy to get bummed out.

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Pat Lynch, Nermin Gerges, Coleman Rogers, Lucas O’Neil, Via Perkins, Justin Arena.

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