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Matthew Schofield

Matthew Hale Award, Winner

Matthew Schofield has been singing for as long as he can remember. Inspired by the great rappers from the global stage such as Eminem and Logic, Matthew started listening to Hip-Hop four years ago. He remembers distinctly the moment his father put Lose Yourself on the car stereo. Hungry for more when he got home he searched through everything that was available online.

Matthew has been working with New Writing North’s, Young Writers’ City at Excelsior since shortly after he returned from Australia 3 years ago. Matthew credits local Hip-Hop star and actor, Kema Kay, for inspiring him to pick up the pen (or more accurately notes on his phone) and create his own tracks and to tell his own story. Kema has been mentoring Matthew at NWN’s Nunsmoor Songwriting Group since the autumn. And together they have begun producing his first E.P. “Kema inspires me to speak my truth, to choose lyrics I can stand by, not just mimicking what you might hear on the radio, girls, gangs and guns and whatever. He’s taught me to tell my story and I can tell that better than anyone.”

Matthew says ‘I am at that point in life where I am breaking into adulthood. And I feel like I’m ready to take on the challenges that come with that. But I’m also at the point where I feel I’m ready to start moving my writing and performance from being an extra curricular hobby to a semi-professional arena. I think the award will help me in a practical sense in that I will utilise it to buy equipment to self-produce. But maybe more importantly than that is the honour and leverage that winning the award will give me.’

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