NEWS!

Interview with Tales of the LGBTQ+!

September 26, 2021

Check out this interview done with Douglas from Tales of the LGBTQ+ live on YouTube from Thursday. It will also be on the podcast of the same name very soon. We will let you know when that is ready to listen to. For now, watch what we talked about!  We discussed queerness, my growing up, as well as Victory and how it came to be created. 

Click HERE to watch the video of the interview! 

Peace and love, 

Matthew and The Keys


Interview with Gaywire on CJSR! 

August 26, 2021

Check out this interview done with Terrence from Gaywire on CJSR 88.5 FM Edmonton about our new album.

Episode Description: This week Terrence Adams talks with Matthew Akplu from Edmonton indie pop-rock duo Matthew and The Keys. They talk themes, inspiration, and more!"

CLICK HERE FOR THE INTERVIEW.

Peace and love, 

Matthew and The Keys


Pride Corner Performance! 

August 8, 2021

Thank you so much for everyone who came out on Friday (which also was release day!) to watch a live performance of Choose Love. It was such a great vibe and energy from our 2SLGBTQIA+ family. It was vibrant, exciting, and a great group of people! Stay tuned for a full video of this performance. Make sure to follow @PrideCorner on Twitter and @pridecorneronwhyte on Instagram to follow what is happening on this space and how they are making Whyte Ave and our city a safer place for queer people, young and young at heart. 

 

peace and love, 

 

Matthew and the Keys

 


VICTORY IS OUT! 

August 6th, 2021

MAK friends and fans, our first album, Victory is now available WORLDWIDE. WE ARE BLESSED AND EXCITED TO RELEASE THIS PIECE OF OUR HEARTS TO YOU ALL! Ten tracks on our indie pop-rock album, with upbeat songs, slower mid tempo songs, and some heavier rock ones as well. You can purchase it on Bandcamp 

iTunes

and everywhere else! 

You can stream it on 

Spotify

YouTube Music

and everywhere you can stream music! 

Keep requesting Choose Love on the radio and #MAKVICTORY when you listen to the album! Let me know on Instagram!

 

peace and love, 

 

Matthew and The Keys



Victory to drop August 6th, 2021! 

July 26, 2021

MAK friends and fans, our first album, Victory will be released on August 6, 2021 WORLDWIDE. We are absolutely so thrilled and excited for this day to come. There will be 10 tracks on our indie pop-rock album, with upbeat songs, slower mid tempo songs, and some heavier ones as well. This is an album that we are very excited about sharing, and we have worked very hard to put together. 

You can pre-save the album starting on the 30th of July on Spotify, Apple Music, and anywhere you purchase and stream music. 

Thank you for all your support, let's continue to #MAKCHOOSELOVE and request it on your radio stations! 

peace and love, 

 

XO, 

Matthew and The Keys


 

CHOOSE LOVE IS AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE!

July 14, 2021

Hey everyone, I cannot believe it, but CHOOSE LOVE, the first single to our album is OUT NOW! This is amazing and exhilarating as well! 

You can stream it on your streaming services, like Spotify or  download and purchase it from Apple Music and Bandcamp! 

When you listen, tweet and Instagram about it with #MAKCHOOSELOVE!  I want to see all the pictures and videos! 

At 11:45 AM MST, join me on Instagram where we will listen to the song again, and have a live chat before we go to YOUTUBE to watch the premiere of the lyric video for Choose Love at 12:00 PM MST. There you can ask me any questions that you have and talk about the song! I am stoked to share this special moment with you. 

I can't wait to see you all there and I am excited to listen with you all! 

Peace and Love. 

xo, 

Matthew and The Keys

 


Choose Love out July 14, 2021

Posted July 3, 2021

 

Hey MAK fans! Big news! The debut single, Choose Love, for the upcoming album, Victory will be released July 14th 2021 on all media platforms, and it will be available to purchase. The LYRIC video will also be premiering on the 14th of July on  YOUTUBE.COM! During this time, we will be having a live chat with everyone when the lyric video drops. Sing along, you can chat and ask questions as well. More details will be very soon.

Click the link below for the YouTube Premier of the Lyric Video! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMBvHvyz_5Y 

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XOXO

PEACE AND LOVE, 

Matthew and The Keys 

BIO!

 

Victory. Victorious. Triumph. Achievement. When deciding on the debut full length album name, “Victory” was the first thing that came to mind. The final track on the LP, yet the most true to what Matthew and The Keys’ (formerly known as Matthew A &The Keys) new album is. A Victory.  

Composed of Matthew Akplu and Lorenzo Covelli, two people who came together through previous elementary, junior high and high school connections, linked in 2011 through their passion and love for music and creating music. Matthew enjoys pop/adult contemporary melodies of the past and present, and Lorenzo draws inspiration from rock/rap complexities.  

In 2009, Matthew's debut EP was independently released and titled “The EP'' with crowd favourites  “Makeover” and “Drinking Beer”. The short EP was released via Bandcamp and was a great foray into the local music scene in Edmonton. While continuing to write and grow as a performer, Matthew and Lorenzo linked up and played shows together and eventually started to co-write songs together.  

After playing shows and events in and around the city of Edmonton and many delays, we were able to record a full length LP.  

“The album, Victory, is in all facets, a victory simply because I was never sure that these songs would be formally recorded and put into the universe in this way. I have played the songs before with all my heart and they mean so much to be, but sometimes doubt and insecurities end up getting in the way of art. I am so thankful that these beautiful songs that were written can be shared with the world because it truly is a labour of love and growth.” 

The album was recorded in 2020 by Brett Reid for Red Bear Records in Edmonton, Alberta, and this album shows the musicality of both musicians as well as the strength and development of the songs. Emotional songs like “Lay it on Me” speak about pressures put on by family and friends, whereas songs like “I Want More” discuss the idea of wanting more to be successful and what the true balance is. Filled with indie pop/rock and alternative melodies and vibes, Matthew and The Keys is ready to take over the music scene! 

Join Matthew and The Keys on a journey to Victory. 

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