Originally born in France, Matt LeGrand gained his inspiration and love of music in Chicago, that molded him into the musician he is today. He currently is a solo musician after participating in several bands and other music projects in college that honed his songwriting and performing skills. LeGrand has recently released his new music video titled "All Good," and was written by a team of songwriters in Atlanta, and the video was filmed in Miami in one day. At the ripe age of 22, LeGrand is continuously gaining popularity. LeGrand chatted with AXS about inspiration from Chicago, his bucket list performance duo request, his "LeGrand Girls" and much more.
AXS: How did growing up in Chicago contribute to your love of music, including your family upbringing?
Matt LeGrand: I'm so lucky to have had the opportunity to grow up in a city with lots of energy and life! I would go watch my brother play in blues bars all the time. Seeing that really inspired me to start playing. Chicago has always been a city with so much great music but it's always under-rated. I think it's a place that you have to experience in person and have the knowledge of where to go. Though Chicago is starting to get on the map now with amazing artists, such as Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa. I'm looking forward to the day where I can be one of those Chicago artists that made it! I try and see at least one live show a week around the city. It keeps me inspired and moving forward. I was lucky to be surrounded by most of my family growing up in Chicago. They always supported me in everything I did and still do!
AXS: Who are your biggest influences, and who on your bucket list, is someone you'd like to perform with?
ML: My biggest musical influences are people like Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Bono, and Chris Martin. Artists that not only have incredible talent but are extremely genuine and wholehearted individuals. It would be a gift to share the stage with anyone of them.
AXS: What do you think of the fans who dub themselves LeGrand Girls?
ML: I think it's really fun! It's very cool watching my brand grow into something I am proud of. I can't wait to start meeting them all. I love all of my fans so much for all the care and support!
AXS: Tell us about filming the music video for your single "All Good."
ML: We had such a blast filming it! It was shot in Miami to get the beach vibe that we wanted. The weather had been great the whole week except for the day that we shot! We had lots of clouds and only moments with the sun. It was funny cause right when we would get some sun we would need to hurry up and get the shot! It turned out amazing. We got it all done in one day and the crew was fantastic! We had lots of laughs and great moments. One of the project assistants would always be making me laugh in between shots. We had a great time out there.
AXS: You're currently working on your next project. Can you tell us a little about it?
ML: We are getting ready to release another single that I'm very very excited for! I think it's going to be a big moment in my career. It's very catchy and just feels really good! It might also have a feature on it. We are getting ready to shoot a video for it, and I'll hopefully be out there performing it soon! Lots of things to look forward to!