Since launching Little Rockers Radio I have said many times that I am completely blown away from the local (and in some respects still unknown) talent that is out there making wonderful music for children.
Back in October 2015 I was contacted by Matthew who was just starting to put his children’s music ‘out there’ for the first time. I loved the songs he submitted!
Now, months later he is launching his first album called I HAVE A GO! And he is having a go… Good on you!
We caught up with Matthew and here’s what we had to ask…
LRR: You are launching your first Children's album, called I HAVE A GO. The title of the album sends a great message to kids about 'having a go'. Was it carefully chosen as the title for this reason?
IHAG: Absolutely! I wanted the album to be a complete celebration of ‘having a go’. I wanted to acknowledge some of the challenges children face during early childhood development and create songs that accompany and applaud this journey.
The songs are aimed at promoting the development of the 8 positive dispositions for learning (enthusiasm, curiosity, commitment, persistence, confidence, cooperation and reflexivity) in an enjoyable and relatable way. I wanted to turn certain situations on their head, like making a fun song (Owie!) to sing when you accidentally hurt yourself: literally turning a sad experience into a song and dance!
LRR: What can people expect from the album?
IHAG: Expect quality compositions performed by some of Australia’s best musicians, playful and positive lyrics that burst with optimism, stories and characters to fall in love with and last but not least, expect a workout because these melodies will compel you to bust a grove!
LRR: What three words would you use to describe the album?
IHAG: Vibrant, inspiring and relevant
LRR. Everyone's journey into creating music for kids comes from such different places. How did your journey into making children's music begin?
IHAG: My journey began in London, working with a children’s charity that provides surgery for children with severe facial disfigurement. The children came from developing countries to London to undergo life-changing procedures performed by the world’s top surgeons.
The children were often ostracised in their local communities and in some cases even denied an education, but they would come to London and be surrounded by love and support and just blossom as people. It was at this time that I grew an appreciation for entertaining kids and keeping them happy and positive. Given the variety of countries the children came from and the fact that none of them spoke English, music was a fantastic way to engage and entertain whilst also creating a positive and inclusive environment.
LRR. What do you enjoy most about making music for kids?
IHAG: Knowing that my songs are making a positive impact… and also being able to be a kid again!
LRR. What are your plans next? More children's music?
IHAG: My next grand plan is to take the biggest band to the smallest schools and communities around Australia, to provide a magical live music experience for people who often miss out.
LRR. The album has just been released - how has it been received so far?
IHAG: The response has been AMAZING! It’s been picked up by radio stations around the world and praised by educators but most importantly, kids love it!
A few days after my first ever live performance I received a message on my Facebook page from a mother explaining how when her son accidentally jammed his finger in his toy cash register and burst into tears, he stopped crying after two seconds and started singing my song Owie!
I also had a mother thanking me after my performance because her son is very shy and rarely gets involved but he got up and danced and had a great time! He ‘had a go’ and that’s what it’s all about!
I HAVE A GO is out Friday 19th February and available from iTunes.
You can also switch on daily to hear I HAVE A GO on Little Rockers Radio, as we continue to proudly support Australian talent far and wide.