Best Songs of 2020: 2. Matt FX


Matt FX Emulates Mexican Cowboys on Debut Single “Vaquero”

Originally appeared on Grimy Goods

The debut single from Matt FX was born in lockdown. It comes after years of other gigs around the industry, including as a DJ, producer, music supervisor (Broad City), and TV host (In The Mix with Matt FX). Now the New York-based artist has embarked on an exciting solo music career, starting with “Vaquero,” which was inspired by a trip to Mexico where he spent time with some local cowboys. Their quiet fortitude gives Matt FX strength.

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Nature murmurs across “Vaquero,” bringing it to life. What draws you to these kinds of organic sounds?

MFX: I wanted the setting of the track to be unmistakable. Regardless of whether you want to take it as a metaphor, or take it literally, this is a piece of music about traversing the wilderness, and going thru the unknown.

You live in New York, one of the busiest cities in the world. How do you emulate the vaqueros you met in your day-to-day life, if at all?  

MFX: I think one thing I’ve taken from them was the idea that your horse can feel your emotions almost better than you can, and for that reason it is important to remain calm and confident. I can’t always say that I do, but I try.

Best Songs of 2020
2. Matt FX – “Vaquero” 

When “Vaquero” comes on my speakers, I am instantly transported to a summertime campfire in the desert. The origin of the track comes from memories of Matt FX’s time spent with a Mexican cowboy; “Vaquero” embodies the wisdom and compassion of his experience.

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