Matt Schuster may have just released his debut single, “Who Are You Kidding?” over the weekend, but his roaring vocals and tender hooks were already capturing the hearts of listeners well before he officially stepped into the music scene. Matt has been called a Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers love child, and has quickly gained a fan base through Tik Tok from his small hometown in Illinois. Drawing inspiration from heroes such as Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, and Kane Brown, Matt combines accessible pop melodies with a strong dash of country.
“Who Are You Kidding?” is a prime example of Matt’s modern and personal blend of country-pop, and rightfully so considering it’s the first time the world is hearing a full track from Matt Schuster. With a run time of just under 3.5 minutes, the track packs a lot of inquisitive and reflective questions into a short period of time. The introductory line, “How does somebody learn how to love somebody?” sets the tone for the rest of the song. Matt offers silky vocals that glide over the calming guitar strums that carry the undercurrent of the track. The vocals reach a near-shouting volume in the flourishing expressive chorus. As the track continues, listeners hear Matt think about a past relationship and question what might be next as he reaches a contentious point of holding on or moving on.
For a debut track, “Who Are You Kidding?” is a strong indication of Matt’s passion for his musical artistry as well as the power behind his songwriting skills. You can listen to the track today and be sure to keep an eye on Matt, because there’s certainly going to be more where this came from.