There is an air of mystery surrounding the dynamic musical pair, Matty Carter + Ariel whose anonymity and hard-hitting content continue to spark interest in the music industry. Their striking sound defies genres, creating something entirely new (self-proclaimed as “Rock Death Pop”) that has landed them performances at SXSW and Warped Tour. The group also used Vydia to drop their first official music video, “Voices”, which has over 250K views and is still climbing. We had the opportunity to interview these two talented creators to uncover all of the details about how Matty Carter + Ariel came to be and story behind “Voices”. Here’s what they had to say:

How did you initially connect and start collaborating as Matty Carter + Ariel?
For as long as I can remember I would have these dreams about a girl I didn’t know. In my dreams we were playing music to thousands of people and creating songs that were important. I met Ariel at a bar, and when I saw her across the room, before we even spoke to each other, I knew she was the girl in my dreams. We have been creating together ever since.

What influences your content?
Late nights, fist fights, making love, fear, depression, confidence, love, war… life.

What inspired your music video “Voices”?
When we wrote Voices I was going through a really rough time. Some of my past decisions had caught up to me in a negative way and I was letting it kill me…mentally and physically. Voices was the breaking point. Lyrically it’s a conversation within myself. The good in me telling the bad in me; enough is enough I’m taking back control. For the video we wanted to accent that concept with a rebirth. Killing off my old, negative self and embracing the new, confident, positive person I’ve chosen to become.

What are your plans for 2018?
“Never announce your moves before you make them.” But you will see a lot of us in 2018, no doubt.

What advice would you give to creators that are just beginning their career?
Create to excite and impress yourself, not an audience. The music is for the people but the creating…the process…belongs to us, the artists. And when the sky is black and nobody has your back just remember that no one will remember you if you give up.

Destiny has brought Matty Carter + Ariel together to create empowering music and it is just the beginning for them! We love MC+A and we can’t wait to see what the new year has instore for the talented artists! In the meantime, be sure to follow them on Instagram and check out their video Voices.