Matt Legrand


We talk to Matt LeGrand about his latest single “12:00 AM” and much more.

by Christopher Smith

Matt Legrand

Last month we premiered Chicago singer Matt LeGrand’s awesome new single “12:00 AM”. Now it’s available on Spotify and with a video, we thought it would be great to catch up with Matt himself and find out what he’s been up to and what he has planned in the not so distant future!

TAPM: Have you always wanted to be a singer/pop star and if so, what’s your earliest memory of this?

Matt: I started playing music when I was 11 years old. I remember that my mother bought me my first guitar after she took me to my first concert which was a Rolling Stones show! (I know what you’re thinking. And the answer is yes I do have a very cool mother!) Even before 11 years old though, I remember getting up in the mornings and being so full of energy that I just had to sing, dance and entertain. My go-to song was “China Girl” by David Bowie. I grew up partaking in many different hobbies, as a normal kid would, from hockey to skateboarding to, believe it or not, juggling. Those came and went, but one thing was always consistent — I always came back to music!

TAPM: It must of felt pretty special to release a new single and make videos, something only a few get the opportunity to do?

Matt: It really does feel surreal. I have to remind myself everyday that this is what I get to do. The journey is wonderful and it has tested me quite a bit already. It’s really not easy to break in this industry. It takes a lot of hard work and repetition. I think one of the hardest things to do is to continue to believe in yourself. You literally have to keep telling yourself that you can make even when it seems absolutely impossible (which is a lot of the time.) I’m thankful for where I am and for the people that have helped me get to where I am. It may look like it’s a one-man show at times but there are some very special hard working individuals that work behind the curtain.

TAPM: Do you have an album planned for the future and if so, how far advanced is this?

Matt: Yes! I’m hoping that it will be out the beginning of November! It’s my debut EP! It’s going to have a great variety of producers from new up and comers to industry veterans! It’s going to feature everything from pop, acoustic, urban, and dance. I want the message to be about diversity and stepping into unknown ground. I know I’ve had to definitely step out there on this one and I want my fans to come with me!

TAPM: Are there any countries you would like to travel to, to promote your music and perhaps play live?

Matt: I’d love to go to Japan and Southeast Asia! I’m in love with the culture and of course the cuisine. This would be fantastic! Let’s make this happen.

TAPM: Is there an artist or group you would love to record with or play live with?

Matt: I’d really like to play with Coldplay. I am a big Chris Martin fan for his work on and off the stage. Would love to meet the guys someday!

And we can’t wait to hear more from Matt over the coming months and indeed years! Matt is a fast-rising star who we are following closely, so be sure to keep an eye out for future releases and news here!

Matt Legrand

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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