We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Wang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matthew, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose a career in music because quite frankly, I was unhappy until I discovered my passion for music. An artistic career might not generally start off paying the best and you may need to work intense hours, but if it’s what you enjoy and what you feel you were meant to do then it will pay off! Learn to be patient while studying your craft and refining your singular voice then put your work out there for people to hear/see.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My artistic voice was really something I feel like I developed during my studies in the pop music program at NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts. I think doing film scoring but applying pop production techniques and melodic writing skills have helped me standout as a composer. I got to where I’m at professionally thanks to a lot of amazing mentors and friends giving me opportunities and feedback that helped me learn how to be the best composer that I possibly can. It’s funny because my parents didn’t work in entertainment and I always wished that I’d had a family friend who could connect me with people in the music business. Playing in bands in high school, I quickly realized that it’s up to me to reach out to people to book shows or find a producer for our album (shoutout Stephen Kellner) and I’m so thankful for all those people over the years who picked up my cold calls/emails. As an introvert, it took a lot of time to learn how to feel natural with that kind of networking but with time, I feel like I’ve become a pro at it. All of that taught me the importance of giving back to people who are early on in their careers too, so feel free to DM me or reach out and if there’s any way I can help you in your career, I’d be delighted to talk!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spot in LA is Flore Vegan. One of the best restaurants in LA and most of the items on their menu are very healthy too. From there, I’d want to share my love of walks around Echo Park then, at night, we go check out Emo Nite and vibe to the pop punk tunes that shaped my childhood.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Composers Diversity Collective An amazing organization started by Get Out and Us composer Michael Abels. I’ve loved the environment of the group and all the hard work that they’re doing to promote underrepresented voices in the film/TV scoring world and get their members hired on gigs!