Interview: Matt Cardle
The X Factor winner on working with Sporty Spice, his love for Michael Jackson, and more

Courtesy of thwmusic.com

Matt Cardle has had a busy couple of years. After winning the seventh season of the UK’s X Factor in 2010 – beating One Direction, Cardle has released three studio albums, “The Fire,” “Porcelain,” and “Letters,” and just dropped a new single, "Loving You," (via Radikal Records) with former Spice Girl and X Factor judge Melanie C. Joonbug had the opportunity to speak with Matt about his love for Michael Jackson, working with Sporty Spice, and more:

What did you grow up listening to?

I grew up listening to lots of different artists…Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, right through to Rage Against The Machine and Pearl Jam. My taste got heavier as time went on.

When did you start performing?

I started performing at the age of 10. It was all school productions at that time.

If you could do one thing differently about your music career what would be it and why?

If I could, I would write an album, then tour it, then go into the studio to record it. I know it can’t work that way, but after a tour you play and sing the songs better than any of the studio recordings.

If you could work with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would work with Michael Jackson, he is my true inspiration.

What is your favorite song to perform?

My favorite song to perform is a track called "All For Nothing" from my first album "Letters." I still to this day can connect with the song as much as I did the day myself and Ed White wrote it.

How was being the 7th series of the X-Factor have changed your life?

It has enabled me to make a career from my passion, my dream was to have a life in the music industry as an artist and winning X Factor has made that dream reality!

What was the inspiration behind “Loving You”?

The inspiration behind “Loving You” was of two people who are having fun in the bedroom on a casual basis, but when they are apart, they realize that their feelings for each other run much deeper than they first thought. It’s a situation I know a lot of people have found themselves in.

How is your new album ‘Porcelain’ different from any of your other work in the past such as “Letters” or “The Fire”?

Porcelain is different in so many ways! I have written with a whole new bunch of artists, not to mention Melanie C and Brian Mcknight. I have learned so many lessons about writing over the past two albums, so much about how I work in the studio, but above all, I have had a whole new chapter in my life to write about.

What is your favorite song off of “Porcelain,” and why? What was going through your mind when you wrote it?

My favorite song is the album title track "Porcelain." To me, it sums up the overall sentiment of the album, much like a track from my second album the fire called "Lately" did for that album. The day we wrote it was a very special day....in many ways. When it happens so naturally like it did, you know you are on to something great.