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Londonlad Matt Perriment has gone from being admitted to the bar to gigging bars.

The 24-year-old muso, who is on his first New Zealand tour, gave up his lawyer day job earlier this year to pursue his musical dream.

Perriment plays Queenstown tomorrow as part of his ‘Everlast’ tour and says the gigs so far have been “insane”.

It has been a mix of pubs, venue shows and living rooms.

Perriment says: “The living room shows are awesome — and some of the best shows.

“The hosts are amazing, they put you up for the night, give you food and usually pass a hat around, which from a touring perspective really helps with costs.

“But more importantly they build a connection as you are playing unplugged in their living room, which is pretty cool.”

Queenstown was on the top of his list, along with Wellington and Auckland, when deciding where he wanted to gig.

“I wanted to spend quite a bit of time there. And I thought for my style of music the culture would suit.”

Most of the folk gigs are freebies as he wants to increase exposure to his music.

Along with a mate, who is based in Auckland, he’s been on a roadie of the North and South Islands.

Perriment is working on a new EP — a working title of Southern Terms.
He’ll use gig-goers as guinea pigs to see how they respond to not-quite-polished tracks.

The Londoner usually performs with a four-piece string quartet but it was too pricey to consider bringing the band with him.

While he misses them on stage, gigging solo has been fun, and performing for fans never gets old.

“Connecting with people on stage is a different level to anything else. You can bring absolute strangers together and just play music. With the studio, while it is fun, the process is so long and arduous.”

Perriment penned his first track at 14 and his first gig was at a local library.

He started playing the piano and guitar aged eight and is self-taught.

As a youngster he started out singing his lyrics over other tunes.

After he got braver, he started composing his own melodies.

The writing process has changed over the years.

Now he makes a note on his phone when an idea pops into his head.

He gets material from life experiences and says those who attend his gig can expect some soulful, intricate song-writing.

Catch Matt Perriment’s ‘Everlast’ tour, tomorrow, Pub on Wharf, 9pm. Free entry

louise.scott@scene.co.nz