FEATURED: Matt Lott, Musician, Content Creator, Writer & Photographer

In our continuing FEATURED series, we talk to some of our subscribers about their career in music, how they got their break, what projects they're working on now and what advice they would give to those looking to make steps forward.

This week we're featuring Musician, Content Creator, Writer & Photographer, Matt Lott

1) What inspired you to want to work in the music industry? 

I got into music quite late, inspired by a one-off music lesson just before my AS level year of school. The music and creative industry as a whole looked like such an interesting career option compared to what I had been working towards. I happily changed my whole plan, and took a year studying music so I would be able to take it as a degree. Since then I have seen what working deep inside the industry is like through connections, internships and work, and keep building on these experiences every day.

2) How did you go about getting your foot in the door?

Studying and a studio internship definitely helped! They both gave me a wealth of contacts, and I got several job offers and many good tips on where to look and how to approach people. 

3) What album and artist(s) had the most impact on you? 

Two different answers here. For the album, I would have said 'Stadium Arcadium' if you had asked me 5 years ago. John Frusciante is one of the main reasons I started playing guitar, after all. But really, it's 'Amok', by Atoms for Peace. There is just something magical about that album, and it opened me up to more electronic music and experimenting with my own work. For the artist, it's Prince, 100%. 

4) Career highlight so far? 

On the creative side, I have a few. Getting to work with a close friend on short films (Sound department!) is something I never thought I would do, so I love every opportunity I get with that. In terms of videos, I got to do a lot of great work with Diagonal View, and learned so much from the people there. With music, it may still be the internship at Battersea Park Studios. I met such successful, hard working, talented and nice people, and it gave me so much hope for what I could achieve in the future if I practised and worked as hard as possible. 

5) Best bit of advice for those looking to break into the industry and what to expect? 

You need to be realistic with your goals, and never stop creating. Networking is really important, but so is developing your craft and becoming incredible at what you do. Also, try and keep updated with all the current trends in your industry, from social media to the music itself. It all helps! 

6) What projects are you working on at the moment?

Currently I am setting myself the challenge of writing a song (or most of one) every day in August. I've managed one for each day so far, and I'm hoping to get at least 7 of them finished and released by the end of the year. 

I just came off working on a short film as a boom operator, and I'm keeping up with writing articles for music websites and looking for more video editing roles and collaborating musicians.

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