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44Phantom

44Phantom

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Biography

Fast Facts About 44Phantom

44Phantom, real name Brayton Matthews, is an artist from Seattle who combines pop and rock to make a unique blend of original music. Brayton’s music has been described as “grunge pop,” and he has made a name for himself in this genre with his lyricism and musicianship.

44Phantom released his first single, “Break Your Heart,” in 2019. The song has since gained hundreds of thousands of Streams on Spotify and helped make 44Phantom a well-known name in the pop-grunge world. Although he didn’t release music until 2019, Brayton started working on songwriting when he was very young. He told Beyond the Stage that he wrote his first song at just eight years old, but started taking music seriously in 2017 as an adult.

  • After growing up in Oklahoma, Brayton moved to Seattle, Washington, during his sophomore year of high school. His school in Oklahoma had been much, much smaller – just 60 students total – and the transition to a 3,000-person high school was a source of anxiety and overwhelm for the young Matthews.
  • Brayton’s struggle to adjust to the changes in his life as a high schooler was what originally inspired him to make music. However, he’s shared in interviews that his passion for music emerged at a much younger age. He told Beyond the Stage, “I wanted to do this since I was a little kid. I didn’t think it was realistic.” 
  • Matthews’ music taste as a child and teen was eclectic, to say the least. He’s cited hip-hop and rock as some of his favorite genres growing up, mentioning artists ranging from Nirvana and Fleetwood Mac to Lil Wayne and Drake. He also appreciates folk and country music and has expressed affection for the work of Bob Dylan.
  • Since releasing his debut single in 2019, 44Phantom has put out several more tracks, including “All Figured Out,” a song that he has described as being inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” The track was co-produced by the artist with support from Jon Kilmer.
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The Bittersweet EP 

44Phantom released his EP, Bittersweet, in March 2020. The collection of songs includes “Poison,” a track that 44Phantom describes as his favorite on the EP. The song is also the most commercially successful song on Bittersweet. Brayton has emphasized in interviews that he thinks “Poison” has the strongest hook of all of the tracks on the EP, describing it to Beyond the Stage as “dope.”

Upcoming Music

44Phantom released a new single, “Holly,” in early 2021. Brayton has described the track as being about “how fake this whole industry is,” referring to the inauthenticity of the music business, “just a bunch of people killing themselves while trying to keep it together.”  In addition to “Holly,” 44Phantom has also released several other singles and an EP in 2021. His two other singles, “Gray!” and “Sound Off,” have gained hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify, as have the tracks from his new EP, Die Sometime. The EP includes the tracks “Go To Hell” and “Freak,” as well as the two most recent singles. 44Phantom’s style continues to evolve as he grows and progresses artistically. The new EP is full of tight drum samples, chorus-soaked electric guitar, and clean, prominent vocals. “Gray!” one of the singles from the EP, is currently the artist’s top track on Spotify. The belligerent anthem has heavier guitars than the majority of 44Phantom’s new songs. The chorus is highly singable, and it’s the perfect song for cruising down the road on a summer night. “Sound Off'' has also climbed to the top of 44Phantom’s Spotify, with over 600,000 plays on the platform, sitting behind only “Poison,” “Freak,” and “Gray.”

44Phantom’s Goals as an Artist

In his interview with Beyond the Stage, Brayton was candid about his goals and aspirations as a musician. Speaking to Amanda Restaino, Matthews said, “I want to be the biggest entertainer of all time. Period.” He went on to share that he wishes that he could have seen Nirvana in concert, emphasizing his admiration of Kurt Cobain. 44Phantom as an artist has certainly drawn some significant inspiration from Cobain’s work and persona, mentioning that he tries to emulate Nirvana by infusing his music with a “not giving a f**k” attitude.”

44Phantom: Touring

Around the time that 44Phantom released his debut EP, Bittersweet, the world essentially shut down due to the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brayton has expressed his excitement about touring, especially since he wasn’t initially able to support the release of the EP by getting on the road. 2021 is shaping up to be a momentous year for 44Phantom in terms of touring, with the artist getting ready to  start performing for the first time in a while.

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