RM: Is it true that you began your career in music in
reactions of the fans and all the engagement over social
classical piano and then transitioned into music mixing?
media and to have the support is huge for me. I am really looking forward to the closing concerts and also ending
Matoma: Yes! I actually started playing the piano when I
everything in Hakkasan in Las Vegas.
was six years old. It’s great when creating a song; I can start by playing the piano and then begin building my
RM: How does it feel to have reached a level of success
track from what I made with the instrument.
with ‘Hakuna Matoma’ to the point of over 280 million streams and a whopping 7.5 million regular listeners on
RM: Your single ‘False Alarm’ featuring Becky Hill from
the album is a huge success. Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration and production of this track?
Matoma: Now it’s 8.2 million! So now I am in the top 100
Matoma: I got inspired by the vocals. I got inspired by
of the most played albums on Spotify.
Becky and it was during a hectic time, but I just found peace and quiet with her voice. I tried to compliment
RM: That’s crazy! How does that feel?
what was already there on the vocal side, and I ended up with that version and people loved it!
Matoma: It’s very unreal. For me, it’s the most important thing to know that I inspire people with my music and
RM: Your fall tour across the U.S. in lining up to be a
that people like my music and that they find peace and
huge success. What are you most excited for on this
happiness with my music. That’s the main reason why I
do this. •
Matoma: I am really excited about the whole tour in
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general. We’ve been working non-stop for ten months with the production and getting the tour ready, so to finally be on the road is a significant milestone. To see the