Emerging Samoan artist Matt Nanai has released his self-produced 80s-band-vibe pop song ‘I Need Somebody’.
A summer superhero love story with superhero moments that will transport you to cinema’s greatest love stories and their iconic scenes.
Matt says that it’s “about wanting to do amazing things for someone, but can’t in real life, so I’ve created my own Superhero story.”
Created with the help of NZOA New Music Pasifika funding, it follows on from his explosive debut single ‘Let’s Dance’ and was entirely performed/recorded/produced by Matt, with the exception of Moiho Leaupepe on lead guitar and Nate Peseta on vocals.
Self-described as a ‘jukebox of Soul, Gospel, Funk, R&B, Reggae & Pop’ Matt hails from Mt Roskill, where he grew up being surrounded by music through church, family and friends.
Musical influence also came from the Underground Industry, fellow Aotearoa musicians, and artists such as John Mayer and Michael Jackson.
He’s been on the scene for 10 years, performing as lead singer/guitarist for Auckland venue Sweat Shop’s Friday night band The Beat Council, and playing guitar for some of Aotearoa’s top acts.
Now, he’s stepping further into the spotlight as a solo artist. With two incredible singles released and much more to come from this up-and-comer - Matt Nanai is a name to remember!