It’s All Just Talk: Interview with Matt Cardle (Part 1)

Much more than a ‘pretty smile on a pretty face’, Matt Cardle is a man who wears many different hats.

Darn it, we can be so literal-minded!

Oh dear… we can be so literal-minded!


*Apologies for the cheap gag*


While the ‘many hats’ thing may be true in a literal sense, we are speaking figuratively, of course – as a singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and general all-round legend, Matt is deeply involved in every aspect of making music. Matt has been hard at work in his various capacities over the past several months, crafting his fourth post-X Factor album, set for release later this year. However, he recently managed to find time in his busy schedule to answer a few of our questions, primarily about touring and playing live…



What was the best thing you did last year?

Without a doubt the Porcelain Tour. There was a time at the end of 2013 when I thought I’d never make it through the fog, but I did and it felt amazing.


What was the strangest gig you ever played before X Factor?

A private party in a conservatory. All I can say is things got very weird!

This one?


…and after X Factor?

Performing in front of a shark tank at the London Aquarium (not that I have anything against sharks!).


Matt and Ali shark-charming in aid of the Have a Heart Appeal in 2011



Top three gigs you’ve played of all time? Why?

Isle of Wight Festival. Hammersmith Apollo on the Letters Tour. London O2 Arena on the X Factor Tour. Self-explanatory really, amazing memories 🙂


Isle of Wight Garden Stage – Capacity: *loads*


Hammersmith Apollo – Capacity: 3,632


O2 Arena – Capacity: 20,000


Describe the first time you had the whole band together in one place. Did you think you would all work well together right away?

It felt amazing rehearsing for Letters. I’d known the whole band for a long time and it felt like a nice family. Family always stay together.

Aw, don’t they all look so young? Thankfully they’ve improved since then!


Which song did you find the most challenging to play on the Porcelain tour? Why?

In Chains. I love the song so much but it’s hard to get the dynamic right when it’s played live.

Matt and Lorenzo sharing the guitar solo duties on In Chains

That’s all for now – Part 2 coming up shortly (sooner than Matt’s notoriously stretchy ‘soon’, we promise!). In the meantime, check out Matt’s snazzy new website and his bandmates’ answers to our questions.

Update: Read Part 2 here.