We were fortunate enough to interview musician Clane Matthew.
When did you realise that you had a passion for music?
I realized I had a passion for music when I was a kid back home. I used to try to mimic everything I hear and try my best to make it as perfect as possible. I also listened to hip hop when I was young back home in Jamaica. Everyone would listen to reggae and dancehall but there was just something with hip hop that I really loved! Its beat and vibe were intoxicating, and I fell in love with it. When I first came to the US back in 2008, that was the first time I was really introduced to a musical instrument, so it was my first hands on experience in making or playing music. I started playing the violin in 5th grade and I immediately fell in love with music. The thrill in making such a wonderful sound wowed me, and I became obsessed and invested in it.
Who are your main inspirations as an artist?
My main inspirations as an artist are Kendrick Lamar, J Cole and Childish Gambino. Although I was listening to the likes of Eminem and Jay Z back home in Jamaica, when I first came to the US and went into 6th grade and 7th grade, I was introduced to these three. Their flows and messages were unmatched and impeccable, especially Kendrick’s. I listened to him almost every day because the way he rapped and what he rapped about spoke to me. He would definitely be the biggest influence on my career and where I stand today!
What would you like to achieve as an artist?
It’s not about what I want to achieve, it’s about what I want the people to achieve. I want the people to achieve knowledge, awareness, peace, love and positivity. Those are the five things that I strive to spread through my music. I believe with these traits; the world could be a better place.
What is your most memorable moment while being an artist?
The most memorable moment I’ve experienced is someone crying from my song. The track is called “Season of Love” and it inspires women to accept themselves for who they are and admire their flaws and imperfections when it comes to their image and society. When she heard the song, she cried and said that her whole life she’s been bullied by so many people. They’ve called her fat and said that she will never find anybody to love her. She told me thank you for the song and it really touched her and made her into a new person. Recently I’ve seen that she started accepting herself more and that she’s proud of the way she looks, and under each of those pictures she would put “Clane Matthew- Season of Love”. And that to me was everything I’ve ever dreamed of: to change someone’s life for the better through music.
Who is the biggest artist you’ve worked with?
I have not worked with any big artists. I’m focusing on myself and my art at the moment so I can perfect it.
Tell us a little more about your recent project?
My most recent project is called “I’m Not A Rapper” the purpose of the song is to show society that the term “rapper” has been so dumbed down that the word has lost its touch. In the song I show the world I’m an artist, not a rapper because rappers nowadays are known to talk about nothing but drugs, cars, sex and money. I show the world that I am more than that, and I call out these so co called rappers, so they can see what they’re doing is not a good influence for the future generation of our children.
What should we be looking forward to from you in the future?
Look forward to me doing tours around the globe and helping poverty-stricken communities and countries. Humanitarian work is also one of my callings, and I am excited and humbled to be helping those in need and spreading my message and music around the world.
Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
Yes there is. I hope you guys will see the message behind my music and have a great awakening from it. Nowadays people need the truth, not a facade illusion, because fakeness comes back and bites you in the long run. I hope you like my music and I hope you can follow me on my journey in changing the world one song at a time.