Just turning 18, Matthew Hipps is an American artist with an England fan-base. Hipps portrays the image and style of a 90’s rock ‘n’ roll musician, making music while showing the world that anything is possible. Only problem is, this young man has a bit of an attitude when trying to get his message across.
Entertwine: What led you to pursue a career in music? I have always been pretty good with percussion you know? Ever since I was little I had a thing for the drums, so I just progressed from there. After the years went by my dad would introduce me to all of these bands, and I just got hooked. I knew I needed to be apart of that, and be about that, so I went for it. You see all these bands, like the Stone Roses for example, that when you see the fans and how they react with all the energy and what’s going on, it’s something you can not explain. So for me to be able to give someone such a feeling, that all you know is the music at the time, is breathtaking man.
What experiences or life events have shaped your music? I was sixteen, I had just gotten into some trouble with my dad so I was grounded. One evening we were watching “120 minutes” and “Morning Glory” by Oasis came on, I had never heard of the tune before. My dad is over here trying to talk to me about something, but the song was so electrifying, I was addicted. My family was and is filled with a good number of musicians, so I had the drive to do something in music, but that song was like a damn slap in the face for me to get up and get on with it.
Who or what influences you to write and perform? My influences are what rock n roll is. Real rock n roll. The rockstars who come out, do what they gotta do, do what they want, and if no one likes it, then so be it. Record Companies today just want a bunch of people who can sing like Whitney Houston and record what they want the artist to record. I will not do that, I am going to show the people my music, the one’s who like it, great! If they don’t like it, they can leave. I may only have covers released until the summer, but I always appreciate those who have enjoyed them, and still continue to enjoy them.
What are some of the most exciting live performances you’ve been a part of? Due to not being in the scene for too long and just getting out there more, I myself have only played small gigs, but a gig is a gig, and I plan to keep knocking through them until I see more and more faces. I have been to a few festivals though, and they were pretty good!
What is in store for you for the rest of 2015? I have a new original single coming out mid June. And some guitarist and I are working on writing an EP. So just making a debut of my own stuff, and planning to pin some dates on the calendar.