By Conor Murray
Winning the X Factor doesn’t always guarantee success. Just ask the likes of Shayne Ward, Steve Brookstein and Scotland’s own Leon Jackson if you don’t believe me. Many however would argue that the 2010 X Factor winner Matt Cardle has been a massive success in comparison with his predecessors.
With a number one song in the bag, platinum selling album and nationwide tour on his C.V, Matt’s post talent show career certainly seems to be on the right trajectory.
Sitting down with Scotcampus’ Conor Murray, the 28 year-old Englishman spoke about touring, the X Factor legacy and the temptation to sample a certain Scottish ‘delicacy’.
When you tour, how does it feel to finally showcase your new material?
“It feels amazing. There’s been such great support for the album, obviously the album went platinum a few weeks back and just to be able to go out and make sure the songs translate the way I want them to. It is a really important thing to me and it’s overall just an amazing opportunity to show how they come across live.”
Have the fans been receiving the songs well?
“Yeah really really well. Because I only have one album, we play all of the songs. People have some tracks that are there favourite but maybe don’t get to hear them on the radio so you get a good reaction to each one.”
Is there anywhere on your tour that you are really excited about playing?
“I’m really looking forward to Glasgow on the 15th. With all the touring with X factor and the warm up shows that we did, the further north you go the better the crowds get.”
Do you enjoy being known as an X Factor winner or just Matt Cardle Singer/Songwriter?
“Well I am still am Matt Cardle singer/songwriter but I got my big break from X Factor and I’m proud of that.”
In some other interviews you have been quoted in saying you became frustrated as being perceived as ‘Matt Cardle, painter and decorator’ rather than someone who has been trying to crack the music industry for years?
“Yeah that’s the thing about X Factor, they have to tag something on you because truth be told I had been working on my music for 17 years. It’s just how it is.”
Your last single ‘Amazing’ was released quite recently, do you mind telling us a little about it and what it means to you?
“It is essentially a love song, it’s about being found by that one person that you will spend the rest of your life with and there’s definitely an underlining of not being good enough for someone. Personally, I think it is a lovely song.”
Your debut album ‘Letters’ reached number two in the charts selling over 300,000 copies making it platinum like you said before. Could you see yourself five years ago achieving this accolade?
“Absolutely not, I mean I always dreamed of it and I always knew in the back of mind that I wanted a career in music or someway be a part of it. I’m not going to stop dreaming now.”
Is there any plans for the second album at all?
“Yeah absolutely! I’m halfway through the writing process and the moment for the second album. I probably write more than I actually sing and perform. So we have been writing for a while and we have a few songs in the bag already.”
Has your tour been inspirational in writing your songs?
“Yeah definitely, we have had moments were we just jam on stage but we have only just started the tour so there will be plenty of opportunities to write on the road.”
With the second album as well, is there anything differently you want to do from the first one?
“Ijust think that we have gone on a little bit rock on the first album, if we have gone a little bit acoustic on it as well, just to push the boundaries and develop on what we already have got.”
While you are in Scotland will you be sampling any unique Scottish dishes? Deep fried Mars Bars maybe?
“I was just about to say! I may have to go for a Mars Bar!”
I could sort that out for you Matt!
“I have heard about it, I’m still not entirely convinced but I will try it when in Glasgow! Still unsure but you never know.”
Check out http://www.mattcardlemusic.com for all the news on Matt’s upcoming releases and tours.