Exclusive: Mat Kearney Talks New Music, New Album & More!

We are big fans of Mat Kearney over here at Buzznet so we are more than excited to share this amazing interview with you all. Mat has a new album coming out in February called “Just Kids” that you can pre-order HERE!  

What was the inspiration behind your new single “Heartbeat”?

It’s a simple love song. I literally picked up my guitar and wrote heartbeat in a few min. I had been waiting for a lighthearted moment for a while. I felt like my new record was really deep and emotional but it needed a few fun moments for you to catch your breath. “Heartbeat” was the one. 

You’re new album Just Kids is coming out in February, what can you tell us about it?

It has lot of spoken word type story telling songs. people who have heard it say it reminds them of my first record nothing left to lose. I feel it’s really honest and people will enjoy the different types of styles I’m playing with on JUST KIDS. 

What is your writing process like?

Sometimes I pick of a guitar in my living room. sometimes I’m making like a hip hop beat backstage at a show. Sometimes I’m inviting friends over to help me find a melody. Sometimes I sneak into this music school down the road and write songs on the piano they have sitting in the beautiful hall…lots of different ways to skin a cat. Lately ive enjoyed making beats and writing to those. 

Who is your biggest musical inspiration?

Growing up. JUST KIDS is about the formative years of my life. Nostalgia always seems to lead me to good songs and special moments in writing. 

Any tours in the works?

YES!! I’m going to be playing some of the best rooms in america this spring (March). Im getting to play some of the rooms ive always dreamed of playing in. Like the wilturn in LA and the Ryman here in Nashville. I can’t tell you how excited I am. 

Many of your songs have appeared is smash hit TV shows like The Vampire Diaries and So You Think You Can Dance, how has getting all that exposure been?

A lot of my songs have been used in tv shows. When I put out my first record there were a few moments in some big tv shows that really helped people discover me. It’s always funny when you write a song about something and then it ends up becoming the soundtrack to doctors making out on television, but I’m not complaining it’s helped in so many ways. 

If you could design your dream tour bus, what would it look like?

My dream tour bus would have a recording studio in the back, A putting green and it would have a la marzacco espresso machine on it. It would def have a dance floor for all the after show dance parties. I’m known to drag all my band mates out of bed and put on some MJ or something. 

Empty your pockets, what’s in there?

1 red guitar pick 

New iphone. 

That’s all I need I guess

Do you have any advice for your fans and our readers about following their dreams? 

Find your own path, don’t imitate. For songwriters I tell them to write the songs only they could write. 

What do you guys think of Mat Kearney and his music?