Matt Vincent, who makes music as part of the band Olivia and on a solo basis as Little Shadows, found himself at a complete loss when Lil Peep died last November. "The day he died I cried hysterically on public transport and made a huge scene," he told me. "I think he struck an amazing balance between being a free spirit and an incredibly hard worker. Seeing someone freely express themselves without a second thought like that is so inspiring, and then you can go listen to one of his tracks and hear the way he’d intricately layer his vocals and write the best melodies. He was such a breath of fresh air, and as his fans we should try to be as unabashed and prolific as possible in his honor."
I was completely enamored with how honest musicians could be in their songs, because prior to that I had only heard rock music my parents played where the concepts went over my head.
Peep's influence on Matt's music, especially with Olivia's debut single "Trouble," is evident. But he shows a love of not only the new wave, but that of the late '90s and early '00s, too. "The first CD I ever bought was a copy of the self-titled Blink-182 album," which came out all the way back in 2003. "I was completely enamored with how honest musicians could be in their songs, because prior to that I had only heard rock music my parents played where the concepts went over my head."
"The term 'emo' is no doubt a little nebulous," he adds, when asked about the evolution the genre has experienced as of late. "Attempting to label something as 'not real' is pretty pedantic and not worth the energy. If someone wants to be direct and honest about how they're feeling, nobody else has the right to deny them that." The current wave couldn't exist without the internet, and it's something he made sure to point out. The internet has only helped foster a diversity, and as he puts it, "we’re seeing more artists with different backgrounds get involved, which leads to a more diverse culture and fan base, and everyone wins."