So what should we call you? You’re a producer, a label owner, and even have solo material available.
Well, full time I’m a producer and a session musician. My solo material is for my soul and the small fan base that I’ve gained since releasing my first album in 2008 (=ecstasy). But I consider myself an “artist.” I love every aspect of music and even the business side that goes with it. That’s why I’ve had a hand on every aspect I could grab onto.
How long have you been in the industry?
Thanks to my father (Billy Amendola) I started playing drums in a highchair. He used to bring me to studios and shows so I started realizing this is what I wanted to do at a young age. I started working “professionally” when I was 13 years old. I was playing drums for any band that would hire me around NYC and it wasn’t too long after that I started writing songs, producing and playing other instruments.
What inspires your music?
For my solo material, everything inspires me. Love, nature, stories, dreams, etc. I try to keep my mind as open as possible. When I’m producing and writing with other artists, HONESTY is what inspires me. I don’t care what genre it is, I don’t care how much talent the artist has… If it’s 100% honest and I can feel that emotion through the music, I’m inspired.
Where are you from?
Brooklyn. Born & raised… I’m from “real” Brooklyn too. Not the fucking twilight zone neighborhoods that have been invaded by middle American college kids that are referred to as, “Hipsters.” I was raised when Brooklyn was the underdog, and now it’s considered the “cool” place to be. It’s upsetting because a lot of character that Brooklyn had is slowly disappearing, but I’ll never forget the impact it had on me growing up.
Read our full article with Matty in our November 2012 issue