Her powerful sense of self comes through even on a long-distance telephone call: a light-hearted self-assurance that is fun to engage with. She laughs easily, and we quickly get down to discussing her career and collaborations so far, her addictive new single ‘Say It To My Face’, and what the next year has in store.
Let’s start with how you first started making music.
Well, I first started really making music when I was twelve years old. Before that I pretty much tried everything else – I did every sport you could think of, I did cheerleading, I did dancing, I did piano, I did art… And then finally around the age of twelve I got a guitar for Christmas, and it was kind of something that was my own choice when everything else had been pretty much forced. And so as soon as I got the guitar, within a week or two I just started writing songs…
Yeah, that was just kind of like a normal thing [for me]. I didn’t know that it was [supposed to be] a hard thing, and my parents were really freaked out and blown away. They were like ‘What’s happening?! What’s going on?! We didn’t know you could do this!’ I said ‘Neither did I!’ So yeah, that’s kinda how it all started.
Wow, that’s really cool! You collaborated with The Weeknd on [the last track on] his album The Beauty Behind the Madness – what was that experience like?
That was a really wonderful experience because, you know, I was seventeen when that all started to happen, so by that point I had been at it for five years. Every weekend [I was] playing open mics, playing shows, doing whatever I could to get any opportunity I could. So, after you’ve been working that long and you’ve been away from home since sixteen trying to work, you know, when you finally get that opportunity it’s just the best feeling in the world.
Yeah, definitely. Your most recent single is ‘Say It To My Face’, which is such a great song…
Yes! Thank you so much!
No problem! What was the process like of writing that song? How did you come to write it?
With that song in particular, it’s a story about where I was at that point in my life… This year changed a lot of my morals. You know, I decided I was never gonna date anyone again unless they were just an absolute angel and I wanted to be single forever… And then I met someone who was an angel. [Laughs] And we never got in fights – we were together for a while and he never got mad at me, he never got jealous. And I was really confused, because everyone I’d ever dated was really jealous and controlling, and so it kind of made me almost miss what I’d hated in everyone else and what I didn’t want in everyone else which was a reaction. Because he was never mad about anything.
So that’s what the song’s about – it’s me trying to pull out a reaction, saying ‘If there’s anything in there, say it to my face’… But there wasn’t, so. [Laughs] It’s kind of just about letting something be good if it’s good and not having to fight to be passionate.
‘[‘Say It To My Face’ is] about letting something be good if it’s good and not having to fight to be passionate.’
What are your big career goals for the next year?
I’d say the biggest thing would be to break at Pop Radio in the US. That would be my biggest goal this year, that would make me so happy! [Laughs] You know, I also want to break into the fashion world. I’m a big fan of fashion… And I really wanna put my album out this year. Those are my three top things right now.
One last question – what’s the best piece of career advice that you’ve ever gotten?
That’s a really good question… I mean, they all sound very novelty, but, you know, it’s really all about staying true to yourself while still making the sacrifices that you have to – knowing which lines are ok to cross, knowing the people who want the best for you versus the kind of people who just want to get in your head… And just remembering that you’re gonna mess up. You’re gonna go out there, you’re gonna get screwed over, you’re gonna suck, but that’s ok because through it all you’re gonna learn to know who you can and can’t trust and it’s just part of the process, it’s part of the journey.
I think that’s a really good answer. Thanks so much for talking to us, Maty!
Watch the lyric video for Maty Noyes’s new single ‘Say It To My Face’ below.
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