The band came together in London, while Mattie was working at Dalston venue, Birthdays. Originally from Sunderland, Mattie has played in various bands, formulating the style for VANT whilst living in Brighton.
A lot of VANT's lyrical themes deal with political issues, with Mattie citing inspiration from global issues; "My concerns are worldwide things. It’s not strictly centred around the UK - it’s wars, global conflict, global warming.". With this philosophy, VANT prefer to refer to their origin as 'Planet Earth' - rather than associate with a particular nationality. Of this issue, Mattie says "I don’t believe in borders, I was born on Planet Earth". This is evidenced in the lyrics to 'Birth Certificate'
Read the interview with VANT here.
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