Move over Jedward, Ireland's got a new pop icon. CMAT, the sharp-tongued, characterful songstress has risen to the attention of tastemakers and eager fans alike with a string of humorous, pop tinted Americana singles dripping in confidence and starry eyed potential.
On the latter of said singles, I Wanna Be A Cowboy, Baby!, CMAT offers some insight into her more vulnerable side, longing to become her very best self throughout light melodies and twanging guitars; ultimately creating her strongest work to date.
Captivated by both her vibrant personality and expressive music alike, we quizzed CMAT on her wit, talent and true cowboy potential.
Hey! How’s it going? Tell us a bit about yourself and what led you to pursue a career in music?
Howaya, I’m CMAT! I'm a global teen pop sensation from Dublin. I decided to become a pop star when I heard 'Our Song' by Taylor Swift for the first time when I was like 11.
You’ve rapidly grown into somewhat of a pop star over just three single releases, how have you found the surge in popularity?
It's cute! Nothing in my life has changed really, I still just spend all my time in my room writing songs and watching Youtube. I like to watch footage of old men carving wood blocks.
Talk us through your songwriting, your lyrics are very sharp and offer a much needed sense of humour to a very intense world - is that something you aim for when you write?
My lyrics are just an extension of my personality. I'm a very intense person and I use jokes to make people love me!
‘I Wanna Be A Cowboy, Baby!’ is your latest single - tell me, if you were a cowboy what would you name your horse?
Banana. I think that would be such an adorable name for a horse. Maybe 'lil Banana? I've been reading a few books by Banana Yoshimoto recently, and as well as being a brilliant writer I just think that's the best pen name I’ve ever heard in my life.
You moved back to Ireland based on the advice of the legendary Charli XCX, right? Is there anything else she told you which has made a major difference to your career?
Something Charli XCX said that changed my life? 'no boys / no boys / it's a girl's night out'
Is there anything you’ve learned about yourself through your songwriting?
That I can cash in on self-hatred! That has been extremely useful for me.
Let’s talk touring, what would the ultimate CMAT no expenses spared live show look like?
Red velvet curtains. A single beam of light. Fog machine. A Lindsay kemp dance school line. Me, decked out in Viktor & Rolf haute couture, riding in atop 'lil Banana.
And if you were to write the theme tune for any TV series, which would it be?
I don't really watch television, but the very second that RuPaul's Drag Race UK requires performance music for a Country & Western challenge, I will be there at the drop of a hat.
What’s the plan for the future? Any ‘bucket list’ goals to be met?
I would like to win an award for my tweets (it's the least I deserve). I'd also like to visit Nashville one day as I still haven't been! Also, now that you've put the idea in my head, I would one day like to own a horse called 'lil Banana.