Pop Newcomer, Matt Ryan King, Discusses Touring with Aaron Carter, His National Anti-Bully Campaign Tour and Why Justin Timberlake Inspires Him
Posted On 19 Nov 2014
As an artist, Matt Ryan King perhaps may be compared to Pop/R&B heavy weights such as Justin Timberlake, Jake Miller and Usher, however, Matt’s vocals and performances are establishing a statement all his own. MRK is also lending his voice to Champions Against Bullying, an anti-bullying organization that has coordinated a 20-city plus tour through the Southern California school system. Determined to make a difference, this Big Dream Recording artist is devoted to inspiring his tour audiences through music. There was such a great response that Matt will be continuing the tour into 2014-2015 school year.
Also, earlier this fall, Matt joined This Boy That Girl supporting Aaron Carter on his Fall tour. This will continue into December.
Lear more about this promising performer in the following interview:
When was the first moment that you realized that you wanted to be a performer?
I’ve always been interested in entertaining people and making them laugh. I discovered the musical side of it all when I was about 10.
Do you play any instruments? Would you like to learn or play anything on stage?
I play a little bit of keyboard but I haven’t played in a while, that is something I want to try to learn again, maybe even guitar. Everybody likes a buy that can play guitar.
I am an ambassador which means I help to spread the message that bullying is wrong and no one deserves to be treated badly.
What was the inspiration for your hit single, “That’s What She Said”?
No matter what a girl feels like or regardless of the problems they have, I want to make everyone feel beautiful the way they are and to be themselves.
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making? Who are some new musicians that you love?
My musical inspirations are Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and Train.
What would you say you have already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
I feel like I have accomplished a lot of personal set goals as an artist but still have many more achievements and accomplishments to come.
How are you using social media networks and sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram to interact with your fans?
I try to respond to every tweet and message that I get from my fans! I constantly post content for people to see online.
If you had the opportunity to work with any artist/band from the past, present or future, who would it be and why?
In the past it would be Michael Jackson because he is the King of Pop and I respect his music. In the present or future it would be Justin Timberlake because he is an amazing artist and his music inspires me.
Thus far, what’s a favorite memory or something quirky that’s taken place with the band (in-studio, onstage, or elsewhere)?
Probably recording my EP, because in the studio everything is so positive and fun. I get to really be myself and work on my craft.
Can you pick a favorite song from your new album?
Probably “All In My Head”.
If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
For it not to be all based on looks and marketability.
When you aren’t performing and writing new material, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Is there anything in particular that you’d like people to take away from listening to your music?
I just want them to realize that no matter what, they can be themselves and follow their dreams in whatever they want to do. That’s the message I try to get across with my music.