By CHAZ PLAGER
Palisades resident Matty Gottesman recently signed a deal with Empire Records. “I am super excited to be working with them,” he said. “I want my music to uplift people.
“The majority of my songs are intended to make people feel good and dance! Empire will help me share my music with a larger audience,” said Gottesman,18, whose debut album is scheduled to be released in 2023.
He is a 2022 Palisades High School graduate, who writes and produces all of his own songs.
“The inspiration behind them can honestly come from anywhere,” he said. “Most of the time it’s experiences from my life with other people, but sometimes it’s nature/travel or even books or movies.
One song “Sleepless Summer” came about because “It was really hot one night and I couldn’t sleep. It was so hot.
“As I was lying there, I had this thought I’m never going to get any sleep this summer. A sleepless summer . . .”
The song has a catchy upbeat tune and can be previewed on Instagram, Youtube or Tiktok (@mattygottesman on each), as well as hearing other songs by Gottsman.
Gottesman has been interested in music ever since he was six, when he went to a birthday party and saw a family friend playing piano.
He asked his parents, Eve and Rick, if he could take lessons and started piano a few weeks later. Gottesman took to it naturally and began singing shortly after that. In addition to the piano, he’s learned how to play the guitar, French horn and the drums.
Gottesman wrote his first song 10 years ago, and looking back, he said, “It was actually a cool song for an eight-year-old to write.”
Many Palisades residents might remember him singing the National Anthem at the Palisades Field of Dreams on opening day in 2018, when he was a Pony player. His voice and presence were notable even them.
At Palisades High School, he continued to play varsity baseball, while working on his music, in his Palisades studio.
With his high-grade point average, he had the choice of several schools but opted to go local. “I decided to go to UCLA because it is an amazing school,” Gottesman said. “I can easily commute from campus back to my studio so I can continue working.”
By staying in Los Angeles, it also allows him to continue to work with professionals such as bassist Amos Heller (who works with artists such as Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line); drummer Matt Billingslea (Taylor Swift, Lady A); guitarist Brent Paschke (Pharrell Williams, The Neptunes, Post Malone, Katy Perry, Beck); and horn player Jesse McGinty (Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Pharrell Williams).
Gottesman also works with some amazing audio engineers, such as Sergio Ruelas (Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Lenny Kravitz), Sawyr (Taylor Swift, ZAYN, Nicki Minaj, Ryan Tedder), and Ted Jensen (Eagles, Billy Joel, Green Day).
Where does Gottesman see his career going? “I hope to help people with my music,” he said. “A few years ago, I started Charity Rocks, which brings together young musicians to perform in benefit concerts to raise money for various charities. This not only gives other young singers a chance to perform, but also helps raise money for wonderful causes.”
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