Since her debut EP Dear Life was released, Mathilda Homer has been capturing hearts across the globe. Soundtracking all our millennial lives with her infectious music, Homer’s ability to say exactly how we all feel is an incredible talent. Now, the singer-songwriter is switching up her trajectory to a heavier, guitar-driven sound that showcases her versatility and growth. And as a result, we have the new single “Rock Bottom” which is a blissful tune about “realising that it really couldn’t get much worse”. We had a chat with Homer ahead of the release to chat all things collaboration and her plans for the rest of the year.
Hey Mathilda! Tell us more about your single rock bottom.
Rock bottom is all about knowing that you have definitely come to the end of a relationship but you don’t want the heartbreak and it’s easier to stay with them. Something that has definitely happened to me. It was written when Matt Maltese, Danny ( from the production group the six ) and I were in Manchester, and we were doing a songwriting exercise where we allocate only 15 minutes to writing a song. We came up with the chorus in that 15 minutes and it went from there.
It was co-written with Matt Maltese; what’s your creative process like when you’re collaborating with other writers?
Well firstly, it always helps when you absolutely respect and love that writer’s work, but not only that – you get on with them well. For me the process is so much more natural if I’ve got a bond with that writer, therefore I can open up and say exactly how I’m feeling. That’s always key for me.
How does the world around you influence your songwriting?
I quite often write about how worrying I find certain aspects of the world we live in. My song ‘too much’ was written pre-pandemic but it very much feels like it’s about now. How everything feels too big for me to be able to do something to help.
So “Breakup Breakfast” is one of my all-time favourite songs, it just has this quality to it that makes it feel like an old friend so every time I hear it, it feels so familiar and so comforting. How DO you manage to create music that is so damn relatable?
That’s lovely, I’m so glad you like it. That’s what I hope my songs do to people so for you to say that, it really means a lot. I love that feeling of nostalgia. I suppose I write songs about things that have happened to me, and then find out that they’ve happened to everyone else as well. Which always makes me feel like part of a big funny old clan, who’ve all had the same funny old experiences as me. Like being awkward after waking up with an ex.
How do you think you’ve changed as an artist since you started releasing music?
When I first starting writing music, I was about 14. My music then was a storm of all the things I had been brought up listening to, Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Tracey Chapman. And when I started to become an ‘artist’ in the industry, my music progressed into a more jazz influence soul-infused pop sound. But I feel like now, with my up coming releases – I’ve done a full circle, back to my roots of classic songwriting. The songs I write now are the songs that 14 year old me wanted to write. And I really think now that I’ve got my sound, and that sound can always is progress but it feels natural to me.
The music videos you release are always so brilliant. Do you think visuals are important for an artist?
I really do believe that videos are important, maybe because when an artist I love puts a music video out, I can’t wait to watch it. It’s just something that adds context to your whole project.
You’ve yet to release a full debut album – is that something that’s already in process?
I suppose it’s always kind of been in the process. Sometimes you write a track and you think in your head, well that would fit perfectly on an album. But for some reason the thought of doing an album feels so huge, exciting, but huge. It’s something that I think about a lot, and one day maybe not too far away I’ll get my teeth stuck into it.
What’s the rest of the year got in store for you?
Hopefully shows!!! I’ve got my headline show in November which I’m thrilled about. More music, more videos and hopefully some actual interaction with people!
And finally, if there was only one album you could listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Songbird – Eva Cassidy
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Feeling super blessed.
Lots of love x
Tickets to Mathilda’s show which has been upgraded to Lafayette, London, here.
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