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The Australian musician answers our most intimate Qs.
If you didn’t already know, Matt Corby is one of Australia’s biggest stars. His 2016 debut album Telluric topped the Australian albums chart and his second release, Rainbow Valley, has earned him another top 10 record. His soaring sophomore release features touches of soul and futuristic psychedelia. It’s a creative masterpiece where Corby takes full ownership, as well as co-producing the album, every instrument and vocal is provided by him.
And he’s set to bring it the UK. In 2019, he will play a string of UK dates including Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and a date in London, which has already sold out.
Tickets for his tour are now on sale via mattcorby.com.
Do you remember your dreams? Tell us about a recent dream you’ve had….
I do! I was in a rainforest where there was this venue in a clearing and there was a problem with the multi-chord – the thing that sends signal to the sound desk. It was far away, so I had to trek through the jungle and loads of people were saying there was a huge anaconda lurking around. I found the multi-chord, looked round and then saw the tail of this anaconda. I remember starting to run away from it as fast as I could and I made it back, it didn’t catch me. The next thing, I look up and there was Elton John playing the chords to my song ‘Elements’ on stage. The anaconda was huge too by the way, bigger than a bus. It was so weird.
What is the closest you’ve ever come to death?
Once I was driving on a highway in LA and in the next lane, there was a truck driving alongside us. All of a sudden its tyre burst – I mean, totally exploded – and it was the tyre nearest to the driver’s seat. It was slightly ahead of me, so it started to drift straight into my lane. I hit the accelerator as hard as I could and just missed it clipping my car, and as I looked back I could see it had skidded across two or three lanes – it was so close. That and a few surfing moments, I got stuck in a rip current way out at sea when I was 12, maybe 13. That was scary.
Tell us, what is your first memory of music?
I was singing at three or four years old. My family had a big CD collection and a good speaker system, so I’d listen to a lot of my parent’s albums – The Beatles, Cat Stevens, stuff like that. I’d sit there in the lounge, listen and just rock my head.
What’s your star sign? Is your personality matching with your star sign?
Scorpio. People say that I’m not [like a Scorpio], but I’m not really sure what a typical Scorpio is supposed to be like!
Who was your first celebrity crush?
It could of almost been Posh Spice or something. My sister was really into the Spice Girls, so I obviously was too. Even back then I was like, ‘She’s amazing’.
"All Fired Up" by Matt Corby
Tell us one thing nobody / not many people know about you.
I’m a pretty straight up guy.
What would your biography be called?
I’d call it ‘Why Am I Writing A Bio?’
What was the first song you ever wrote?
I think it was called ‘Catch A Ferry’ and I wrote it when I was about 13 or 14. It was about a girl I had a crush on.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
You can do it all yourself — that’s definitely the best advice I’ve been given.
What has been your biggest achievement?
Being a dad. It’s not really an achievement but it’s something you kinda have to achieve every day.
Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
Rick from Rick and Morty. Everything that guy says is spot on.
How was high school?
From the little of it that I did – I left after three years – I guess it wasn’t that bad in hindsight, but I found it very hard at the time. I was always a bit too sensitive and I didn’t really enjoy the format of the whole thing either.
"Miracle Love" by Matt Corby
Describe your own personal idea of hell…
Answering questions like this!
Which super power would you most like to have, and why?
I think I’d just like to fly. I mean, really, when you think about it, that’s gotta be the most fun.
What is one album that totally changed your life?
Sufjan Stevens – Illinois. It was a game-changer for me. It was one of the earliest, really artistic records I fully got into and loved. It’s an absolute classic.
When was the last time you cried and why?
I cried like four days ago. Someone asked me a question about how I’d got to this point in my career and I went on an emotional, thankful rant and got quite teary.
Where/what will you be doing at the end of the world?
Oh I’ve got a full Armageddon plan – you can find me at home at Rainbow Valley. I’ve got a lot of water, solar power so we can run off-grid; the house is pretty much a fortress. My partner’s sister’s husband is quite high up in the Australian military too, so we could draft in a few snipers if needed.