In the second part of our exclusive interview with former X Factor winner Matt Cardle, Lisa Dunn asks him all about his new album ‘Letters’. In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here.
Matt: “There are a few reasons why I called it ‘Letters’. The title came from looking at my lyric book, it’s got all of my songs in there and looking at each one looked like a scrawny letter to someone and I suppose every song is like a letter.
“There’s also a track on the album called ‘Letters’ and it’s the one lyric out of all that I wrote on the album that literally came from nowhere. I sat there with Sneddy [songwriter David Sneddon] and ‘Letters’ just popped into my head.”
“The album itself contains songs all from my heart and life experiences and I mean every word. I’ve been writing with some incredible people like James Walsh from Starsailor, also Eg White, he’s done a lot of work with Adele, James Morrison and Will Young. They mean a lot to me and stuff that I’ve written is very honest and musically it’s very honest as well. There’s some soulful stuff and some rock stuff, too.”
“Definitely and if it can stand up to that I’ll be the happiest man on the planet. I rate the guys so highly. To be talked about in the same sentence as them is amazing.”
“It’s the second time I co-wrote. It’s weird. Basically I’d get into the studio with people and we’d sit down and talk about the kind of tracks we wanted to write, the way it would feel. Usually before that I would talk about what I wanted to say or get across like an apology or a thank you. A lot of time I’d bring something that I already had like a melody or a verse or chorus and we’d work on that. It’s stuff where I can be most honest in a song. It’s quite easy to say what you really feel out loud. It masks the truth. Well the truth is there but its prettied up with a melody.”
“We wrote really well together and have a couple of those tracks on the album. There’s a song called ‘All For Nothing’ and it’s basically about when you’re in love with someone and you’ve been blessed with a wife, child or friend and you want to always be around and keep them safe, you don’t want any harm to come to them. It’s praying that they will be alright.”
“Yeah, well, we referenced quite a few heavy tracks ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ and ‘Trouble’. It’s got that feel about it. I wanted to write one that was lyrically heavy. I’m really proud of that track.
“Wow, everyone to be fair. Someone asked if I was worried that Cher Lloyd and One Direction had music out, but we have Adele’s album, James Morrison’s new album, Coldplay are about to drop an album, then there’s Noel Gallagher. There’s some amazing talent out there. Cher and the boys are the polar opposite to what I do.”
“I know I came in through the backdoor of X Factor, but I had been trying for twelve years or so in bands. It’s not like I was sixteen years old and went on a show and that was it. I tried so hard.”
“Oh yeah, I’ve done all the ground work, all the kind of gigs you can do. I’ve played to the soundman and the other band and sometimes they don’t watch so you play your set to an empty room. After dragging all that equipment around and doing that year-after-year for seven to ten years I think I deserve it. There are millions of people out there doing what I have done and they all deserve it.”
“‘Rage Against The Machine’ by Rage Against The Machine.”
“Hopefully I’ll be playing shows sometime soon so they can come and see me.”
“Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. It means absolutely everything and inspires me to write and inspired me to go out and play the best I’ve ever played.”
Matt Cardle’s new album ‘Letters’ is out now.Back