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MTV Cover Of The Month WINNER!!

MTV Cover Of The Month WINNER!!

MTV Cover Of The Month Winner March 2017

I could not believe it when I got a phone call from New York and they said 'Matt Johnson' has been selected by MTV & Julia Michaels as the winner of March's 'Cover Of The Month'. I nearly didn't enter as I just presumed from thousands of people I wouldn't stand a chance! Just goes to show you have to be in it to win it! The cover was a song called 'Issues' by a relatively new artist called Julia Michaels. Julia Michaels is new to the public eye but not to music, infact Michaels has pended some global hits as a writer for acts such as Justin Bieber, Little Mix and so many others. So it was pretty fulfilling for myself to be selected by her as the winner, gaining some recognition and appreciation from your peers is always a great feeling!!

Check out this cool video trailer MTV shared across social mediaIf you want to watch the full video you can by going to my YouTube channel here

It was amazing to get some worldwide free PR from MTV. The song was aired across MTV channels internationally.

Thanks to everyone who voted from me across social media!

Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill - Acoustic Uplugged Version

Ed Sheeran - Castle On The Hill - Acoustic Uplugged Version

ED SHEERAN
CASTLE ON THE HILL

ACOUSTIC LIVE & UNPLUGGED

Castle on the Hill is one of Ed Sheeran’s two brand new tracks released in January 2017 from his upcoming third studio album. Sheeran chose to return with not one but two brand new tracks, ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Castle On The Hill’. The meaning behind Castle on the Hill refers to paying homage to Suffolk, England-where Ed Sheeran grew up. The castle on the hill Ed speaks about is a real structure in Framlingham, Suffolk.

The songs were posted on streaming and download services in the early hours of Friday morning, with Sheeran commenting: “Hello 2017! I’ve been working hard on the new material and I hope you can be as excited about it as I am. I really wanted to show two different sides to my music that I’m equally as passionate about and I just knew I wanted to roll with two songs at the same time. I’m absolutely buzzing to be back.”
 
I am a big fan of Ed and have been eagerly awaiting his new music, I hope you all enjoy my version!


Kathleen - Catfish And The Bottlemen - Acoustic Cover

Kathleen - Catfish And The Bottlemen - Acoustic Cover

KATHLEEN - ACOUSTIC

This week I chose to cover the Catfish and the Bottlemen track ‘Kathleen’; I am a big fan of the band and interestingly they were actually formed in Llandudno (North Wales) which is close to where I am from! Kathleen is a song from the bands debut album called “The Balcony” released in September 2014 which has very recently gained Platinum Sales in the UK.

I decided to create a more acoustic vibe to the track and I am pleased with the results, the concept for Kathleen was based upon lead singer Van McCann singing of a girl who provokes tug-of-war of feelings in him. I think they are a really talented band and this song is not as well known as some of my other covers so I hope you all enjoy it!

The track is also on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Google Play and every other digital retailer. Checkout the video below.


Cold Water - Acoustic Cover

Cold Water - Acoustic Cover

This week I decided to record a video to my acoustic version of Justin Bieber and Major Lazer number 1 hit, Cold Water. Achieving Platinum sales in 9 countries Worldwide, Cold Water topped the UK charts in July 2016, ending Drake’s hit ‘One Dance’ fifteen-week stint at Number 1.

Cold Water has also been a very successful track for me on Spotify; only released in mid-October it has already surpassed 33,000 streams. Following the success of my last video on YouTube, I have chosen to continue with the simplicity of filming, it would be great to get your feedback and any suggestions for my future releases, hope you enjoy!

Treat You Better - Acoustic Cover Video

Treat You Better - Acoustic Cover Video

This week I decided I was going to create a video for my cover version of ‘Treat you better’ by Shawn Mendes. I released the track on streaming sites including Spotify and Apple Music back in July and it has been a huge success! In only a couple of months the track has achieved more than 235,000 streams on Spotify alone!
 
I have been heavily researching YouTube and how to create content that is both engaging and interesting, in turn building your channel and getting new fans to hear your music. I decided that for the first time since uploading videos to YouTube I was going to trial a new way of shooting the video and aiming to keep it as minimalistic and engaging as possible. We shot the video only using two different camera angles; I must admit I was nervous when I began editing the video that it was too simplistic but so far the feedback has been exceptional so it’s given me some food for thought for my future releases!
 
‘Treat you better’ is one of my favourite covers to date, it was the lead single to Shawn Mendes’s second studio album entitled ‘Illuminate’. Shawn is an extremely talented artist and it’s hard to believe that he is only 18 years old! It’s interesting too that he began his career posting acoustic cover videos, he achieved great success gaining millions of views and followers in just a few months! I am passionate about my music and I hope to be a lot more active on YouTube over the next 12 months and hopefully I will gain some more great fans. I must say that my subscribers are fantastic! They always give great feedback and advice, for this video I asked them to suggest a song for me to cover next, my favourite so far is from Craig Terry who suggested James Arthur’s hit ‘Say you won’t let go’. I will have a new video next week so I look forward to sharing it with you all.