Q&A1234: Matilda Cole

Emerging from Brighton’s powerhouse music scene in late 2020, Matilda Cole made an instant impact with her debut single The Clouds being a slice of bedroom pop perfection. Her music has always been referred to by her as the soundtrack to teenage oblivion and she’s regularly proven that statement true with countless releases making you feel like you’re apart of a coming of age movie. All these growing pains accumulate together in her debut EP Milk Teeth which set the tone for what is set to be a long lasting career from the young pop connoisseur. I had the pleasure of speaking to Cole about her debut project, the journey to that and what’s up next for the rising star.

Let’s start at the beginning, how did you first get into music and when did you realise it was what you wanted to do for a living?

I grew up surrounded by music, and knew since i watched my first episode of Hannah Montana at four years old that I wanted to be a musician. I used to write songs in the playground and perform them for my friends in the sandpit. I was a very annoying child.

Since your debut single The Clouds back in 2020, how has the journey to Milk Teeth been for you?

It’s been the weirdest and loveliest time of my life. This was technically my gap year (although it’s looking more like a gap life) and despite not being able to do any typical gap yeary stuff, releasing music and throwing myself headfirst into music has been so incredible and very very fun.

What do you want people to take away from this project?

Hopefully everyone will take something different away from it, but I wrote these songs as a way of memorialising this chapter of my life. I hope people can find moments of their own experiences in the things I write about.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt about yourself as an artist during this past year?

That it’s actually possible to write and record a song over zoom whilst your little brother is shouting on his xbox in the room next door. That, and that it’s okay to not have a clue what you’re doing – I’m right where i need to be.

Whether it be music related or not what do you think is best piece of advice you’ve been given?

The best piece advise I’ve ever been given is from my dad. He told me that worrying about the plane crashing doesn’t keep it in the air, and since then I’ve learnt to let go of the things I can’t control. He’s such a legend.

You’ve always said your music is the soundtrack to teenage oblivion, so what movie or tv show do you think Milk Teeth could be the soundtrack of?

That’s a hard one because the original soundtrack is the reason I love so many of my favourite films and tv shows. that being said, Sofia Coppola’s (and Gia Coppola) films were some of my biggest inspirations both content wise and visually for this EP, so one of those would be incredible to hear my songs in. Or maybe peep show.

Now that venues are beginning to open again and live music is back in action, what would your ideal concert experience be from start to finish?

I would love to go to literally any gig at this point. Pre COVID me and two of my friends had a nice gig routine going: pre drinks, have a meltdown about our outfits, stress about getting to the venue in time, get to the venue in time, watch the show and get very sweaty, cry a bit afterwards about how good it was, go home and eat toast. So maybe that. 

Who is your dream artist to collaborate with?

Patti Smith. I don’t know what we’d collaborate on, it would probably just be me staring at her in awe for a bit but that would be enough for me I think.

If your music was any colour what would it be and why?

All of the songs have very distinct different colours in my brain, but overall this EP is pink and cream. I think it’s changing though, it’ll be different next week.

What’re your plans for the rest of 2021? Anything fans can get excited for?

Yes! There’s more music coming which should be out this year, and a couple of other things in the works that I can’t talk about just yet, partially because I’m not 100% what they’re going to be yet. But keep your ears out.

Who’re you counting in?

So many! Jensen McRae is an actual genius, and will take over the world some day. Samia is incredible, her new song show up has been on repeat, and Lozeak hasn’t actually released anything yet but I got to hear some of her stuff and I’m certain she’ll be everywhere very very soon.

Stream Matilda Cole’s debut EP Milk Teeth below.