Coming from a music industry family, Matthew was used to the world of studios and big labels and was signed to Universal at age 16 with whom he amassed three million streams on Spotify. From there, it was the underground world of independent artistry which proved the next frontier, and Matthew made the bold decision to go it alone after the label was no longer able to further his career. The risk paid off, and at only 18 he has built a steady online presence based on intimate connection with his fans, collaborating with featured vocalists, remixing other artists’ songs, and refining his musical identity without the constraints of a record contract.
Mattilo’s unique, husky vocals add a human edge to a precise and polished genre, helping channel the raw energy of a festival crowd to the intimate settings in which music listening has become increasingly common. In the world of Soundcloud and TikTok, with hundreds of musical micro-communities springing up online, Mattilo stands out from similar artists with this contrast and combination of classic instruments like guitars and pianos blended with high power synths in a masterful pairing. Inspired by other outside the box thinkers like Avicii and young, industry-challenging artists like Martin Garrix, Mattilo appeals to the emotions of his audience, creating atmosphere and soundtracks to fuel creativity and spur on other artists.