April 28, 2023 BY Jason Currell
RELEASES FOURTH ALBUM TODAY ON NETTWERK
LISTEN TO DRIVING JUST TO DRIVE HERE
DEBUT HEADLINE SHOWS IN TAIPEI, MANILA, SINGAPORE, BANGKOK, AND SEOUL ANNOUNCED
SET TO PLAY SHAKY KNEES, GOV BALL, LOLLAPALOOZA & OSHEAGA
Today, London artist Matt Maltese releases his fourth album Driving Just To Drive. The record follows singles “Museum,” “Mother,” and title track “Driving Just To Drive,” which have already racked up over 7 million streams. Driving Just To Drive is the first major body of work from Matt Maltese since his acclaimed third album Good Morning It’s Now Tomorrow arrived in 2021 and has already received praise from the likes of NME, Dork, and DIY. He will be celebrating next week with a performance at Shaky Knees festival in Atlanta, followed by Gov Ball, Lollapalooza, and Osheaga later this summer.
Listen to Driving Just To Drive HERE
WATCH HIM LIVE AT THE DEALERSHIP
Matt Maltese has racked up half a billion streams across all platforms (with viral single ‘As The World Caves In’ counting for 300 million of them) and currently has over 6 million monthly listeners. Matt’s audience also continues to grow on social media with 500,000 followers now on TikTok where global superstars like Doja Cat and BTS’ Kim Taehyung have become firm fans – the former even hosted an Instagram Live singalong of ‘Curl Up And Die’. Frank Ocean has also featured Matt’s single ‘Rom-Com Gone Wrong’ on his Blonded Radio. Matt is credited as a songwriter on Jamie T’s 2022 #1 record All In Good Time, with Jamie naming him one of the UK’s best young songwriters in multiple press interviews around the album’s release.
Driving Just To Drive finds Matt Maltese at his most open, and settled, embracing new sounds but returning to the most organic version of himself he knows. He’s always wanted to find a way to make people laugh but finds ways here to charm while somewhat letting his guard down. The result is something bittersweet and deeply, authentically emotional.
The album’s lush, almost cinematic sound in part comes from Matt working with a producer for the first time in a while – a first-time producer at that, in Josh Scarbrow. It was only after thriving in a songwriting space, collaborating with Joy Crookes, Celeste, Etta Marcus and more, that Matt better realized how he wanted to write for himself. “I’m bad at letting go to make someone else help me, but I’ve got better,” Matt says. “Sharing those moments in real life with another person is just really nice. Josh hadn’t made an album before which I loved, and also working with someone my age ended up being really important.”
Matt has also announced his first headline shows in Taipei, Manila, Singapore, Bangkok and Seoul across May, with tickets available HERE.
See Matt Maltese live in 2023:
May 5 | Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta, GA
May 21st | Legacy, Taipei
May 22nd | Samsung Hall, Manila
May 24th | UCC Theatre, Singapore
May 26 | Union Hall, Bangkok, Thailand
May 28th | Seoul Jazz Festival, Seoul
May 31 | Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, Australia
Jun 2 | Northcote Social, Melbourne, Australia
Jun 3 | The Landsdowne Hotel, Sydney, Australia
Jun 9 | Governors Ball Festival. New York City, NY
Aug 3 | Lollapalooza Festival, Chicago, IL
Aug 5 | Osheaga Festival, Montreal, QC
Matt Maltese – Driving Just To Drive – out now on Nettwerk
2. Irony Would Have It
8. Driving Just to Drive
9. Hello Black Dog
10. Suspend Your Disbelief
11. But Leaving Is