Matt Helfer is a dope new artist from the DMV. After the release of his song “Smoke & Chill” – we wanted to get to know more about him. We got a chance to chop it up in this exclusive Q&A and did just that. We talked with him about his start in music, his motivation that keeps him going, and more. Check it out below:
Explain who you are for those who may not know
My name is Matt Helfer. American rapper and producer.
Where you from?
Currently living in Washington D.C. Spent my early childhood living in Manhattan. Later moved to Maryland.
How did you get your start in music?
Back when Jay-Z had released his “Show Me What You Got” record in 2006 I was watching T.V. and saw that he had teamed up with Budweiser to do an ad. In the ad Jay-Z, Dale Earnhardt Jr and Danica Patrick were racing through Monaco while Jays new record was playing as the music for the ad. Later on there were big boats involved, woman, and much dancing. As a small kid at the time, that really put an imprint in my head and I told myself that thats what I wanted to do. Nine albums later that imprint hasn’t faded.
How long have you been making it?
Been writing for ten years and recording for six of those years.
Who are your influences?
My influences change all the time. Sometimes while I’m online I see some artist who is still trying to make a name in the industry and he automatically becomes my favorite. Sometimes it can be an artist who has somewhat of a fan base but isn’t quite mainstream yet. Very rarely are my influences mainstream artists because everybody already knows about them and it doesn’t seem as if i have much of a connection with them as opposed to some artist who is still trying to make a name.
What motivates you?
I’v been doing music for a full ten years so at this point it sounds corny to say but it feels like its just in my blood. If i had to choose some motivations I would say that its the fact thats its been been my lifelong passion and nothing has changed since I’v started so I want to see this lifelong passion be fulfilled which is not something to many artists can say they have experienced.
What are you currently working on?
Just got back from performing at South by Southwest (2018). Most of my current projects that are being worked on I rather not say for the sake of just keeping it a secret but I just recently released two singles. One featuring Que (OG Bobby Johnson 2013) called “Silly Games”, and the other featuring Smiggz (Bern One Ent.) called “Smoke & Chill”. I have been getting in contact and collaborating with some very well known artists as well as some up and comers and I’m very excited for those releases.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I hope to see myself with more connections in the industry big and small. Each one counts. And of course, a bigger fan base. Also, just wiser about the industry in general and about how to maneuver within the business world.
What is your opinion on the current hiphop scene?
As said, I don’t listen to many of the mainstream artists out now who control a big portion of what the hiphop scene is today so I’m not invested today’s scene as much as others. I still follow whats happening though. Also, I do listen to a lot of other genres each of which has their own scene. Mostly, I’m just focusing on my next career decision.
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