Matthew Fowler wrote his new album, Beginning, during his teenage years and recorded it with friends around his family’s kitchen table. Now he’s on the road supporting it in coffee shops and other stages all over America. With a laid-back feel and a slightly moody lyric, “Everything That I Could” is certainly suited for an intimate space.
“I really prefer live recording as opposed to tracking things separately. I don’t play to a click or do a whole lot of preparation before recording things,” says Fowler, who lives in Orlando, Florida. “When I was recording my first album, Beginning, I found things sounded so much more natural that way. For me, it just captures emotions better. The feel of the music is stronger, and the conviction is there. That is, without a doubt, the way I want to record every single time.”
Fowler says he wrote “Everything That I Could” early this year on a chilly visit to Pittsburgh.
“It was pretty cold. Snow was falling, and I was all bundled up, which was a joy compared to the constant humidity and heat of Florida,” he notes. “At the time, I had been experiencing a bit of a writer’s block mostly because I didn’t feel like I had a place to really sit down and work on music. My manager lives there, so I sort of locked myself in his basement and started writing and playing. It had been a while since I had a quiet place to think and play, so it just started flowing out.”
Fowler has been touring lately with Reggie Williams, a fellow Floridian, and they’ve been building a fan base through radio studios, house concerts, music venues and more.
“This is the longest I’ve been out — just about two months of back-to-back shows, but it’s exactly what I want to do,” Fowler says. “I love touring. I love playing live. I love travelling. Reggie and I are starting to really know each other’s discography, so we get to hop in and out of each other’s songs whenever it feels right. It’s fun traveling with that kind of musician — somebody who just goes for it and is phenomenal.”
Fowler’s next gig is at Kafe Kerouac in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday (Oct. 9). Grab a fresh cup and enjoy “Everything That I Could.”