We get personal with the singer-songwriter about his connection and passion for music ahead of his next performance at Park Acoustics
You had a very musical, artistic upbringing. Do you think you would have been a musician without this?
My dad had a massive influence on me when it came to music. He wasn’t playing music professionally or anything like that, but if he hadn’t played music at all, then I probably wouldn’t currently be as interested as I am in music.
How do you feel about the recent explosion in folk’s popularity?
It’s awesome! I love that there are so many genres that are exploding, people are expanding on the kinds of music they listen to.
How do you feel your music has progressed over the years and what direction do you see yourself heading in next?
The music that I listen to definitely has an influence on the kind of music that I write. My music preference is constantly changing, which will then change the kind of music that I write. I want to stick the same ‘Matthew Mole’ characteristics, but always be influenced in different ways.
What song of yours are you most connected to, and why?
That always changes! At the moment, my newest single ‘Light’ is at the top of the list. I wrote the song with a lot of vulnerability and I tried to be as honest as I could. I think you can really touch other people when you do that!
When not making music, what do you like to do?
Hang out with my wife. Socialise with friends. I love going to the movies, as boring as that might sound! I love being active and doing outdoors-y things.
What is your favourite thing about playing live and to see in the audience while you are on stage?
I just love the interaction side of things. At a live show, it is as much the audience’s show as it is my show. I love that I always need to work hard to get a specific response from the audience and they never fail to respond!
Let’s take a trip with a time machine, so where and why would you really want to go for a whole day?
I would go a few years into the future and see what the music was like, then I’d come back and prepare the most futurist music I could!
If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose this career? Would you do anything differently?
I would definitely choose the same career. If I knew what I know now, then I would have tried a few things sooner. But you grow through time and struggle.