Matthew Santos has gone and done it…
The 34-year-old part-Spanish American rock and folk singer-songwriter, musician and painter appears on MAKJ’s latest soulful single “Too Far Gone.”
The song features a great mix of acoustic and electronic elements, a touch of retro nostalgia with spacey synths anchored by the raw power of Santos’ vocals.
“When producing this record, I found myself really digging deep into the organic music side of my brain,” MAKJ tells Billboard. “This record speaks on so many different years of my life. From the ’80s inspired synths, to the live drums, new wave rhythm, and vocals from Matthew. All of this was inspired from my childhood listening to Talking Heads, Men Without Hats, The English Beat and Savage Garden. Being able to really connect the dots with my childhood on this record where me, as MAKJ, can still be heard, but also I can push forward my influences of new sounds. I really wanted to make this an art piece, not just another single.”
“Too Far Gone” was released by KENZ / Empire Records.
In 2006, Santos was featured on Lupe Fiasco‘s Food & Liquor album on the song “American Terrorist.” And he was featured on three additional tracks on Fiasco’s The Cool, released in December 2007; “Superstar,” “Streets On Fire,” and “Fighters.”