We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Axton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Legacy! It is a Family tradition . My parents and Grandparents had successful and Impactful careers in music , although I didn’t pursue the Arts heavily as a child, I was always surrounded by a love and joy for the creative life style. so when it came time to find my own path music was a natural direction to run. and now I’m running as fast as I can
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The Family Legacy and my open approach to song writing sets me apart. most musicians stick with one sound and genre, it is easier to market and to write that way. and there is nothing wrong with that. i grew up with a father who played folk- Americana but wrote hits in rock- country- blues. so he never believed in sticking to any one genre, he just went where the song took him. I naturally fell into a musicians life , i grew up on the road traveling the world with my musical family, it wasn’t a question weather i liked music or not , music was just part of living. It was a magical up bringing but was not easy, Traveling 300+ days a year jammed in a bus with a dozen people doin 10 shows a week. not much privacy or rest but Out of that grind came tons of heart felt music, stories and truly genuine connections with people of all kinds .and that is what I strive to reproduce. My father passed when i was 16 , he never heard me play my songs and I never saw a penny from his success .but it is not about the fame or fortune, its about borrowing a few moments from someone’s busy life and giving them an story to hold onto are just a way to tap their feet and smile. I know the world needs more joy and ill bring as much as I can to share with everyone.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Thai Town , which i believe is in the middle of all the best parts of LA (except the beach life). and has tons of great options for us vegetarian types. first off- walk to Observatory coming back down Fern Dell, bragging about how green everything looks there and looking for the turtles in the mini ponds. then grabbing lunch in Franklin Village ( @Birds ). probably walking over to Hollywood at night (the touristy part) to check out all the characters and grabbing drinks at multiple bars ( lost property – frolic room – elbow room – Hollywood and vinyl – scum & Villainy).
2nd day -another longer hike – checking out the old zoo trails up to the Bee Rock hike- walking down to the Autry Museum – grabbing a bite/ beer over in Glendale ( The Morrison – The Village Bakery – Golden road brewery)
at night walking over to Hillhust and vermont for some tasty hipster bites at ( home- the alcove – spitz) with a night cap at the Dresden. with a double night cap at Ye rustic inn. and of course late night munchies at Fred’s 62.
say 3 grabbing Thai for lunch at one of the 500 Thai spots near us.( Hollywood Thai or Salaya or Jitlada)
probably doing a walk around the fancy Los feliz neighborhoods, looking at houses we will never afford.
at night catching the red line down town to catch a show /game and grab dinner at Modern Times.
and now since we are broke from going out so much im thinking go sit at the beach in Hermosa and watch all the pretty people walking up the strand. at night probably walk over to silver lake to catch some music at Silverlake Lounge and then eating at Flore vegan and then catch more music and The Echo.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Family and their love of all things creative gave me the foundation for my musical growth and success. although a lot of my musical / songwriting style naturally came from growing up in the glowing shadow of my father Hoyt Axton. My Mother Donna Axton (professor in music & psychology and Piano master) has always held unwavering support for my push to make good original music with good talented people, and maybe even change the world a little bit while were at it. surrounding yourself with kind honest friends is the only way to truly grow.
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