Matt Hales (born January 17, 1972), better known as Aqualung, is a British singer/songwriter best known in the United Kingdom for his song "Strange and Beautiful (I'll Put a Spell on You)", which was featured on a television advertisement for the new Volkswagen Beetle during the summer of 2002 and went on to become a Top 10 hit in the UK singles chart later that year.
Prior to his success as Aqualung, Hales was known as the lead singer of mid-1990s, London-based Britpop band Ruth. Read more on Last.fm
Hello one and all! We’ve got some exciting new bits on the horizon for you.
For those of you who may have missed the last Facebook post, we’ve re-released the first two albums (which weren’t stream-able for a little while outside of US and Canada) back onto the internet, for your listening pleasure. You can now find Aqualung on all the streaming and downloading sites – Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon etc.
Speaking of which, we’ve teamed up with the lovely people over at Spotify and AWAL to bring you a useful little feature – by following the instructions in the link below, you can pre-save any new Aqualung and Aqualung-related music. This means that as soon as the material is released, it’ll automatically be added to your Spotify library. You’ll also get a notification to tell you when it’s arrived.
In other news, Matt has unearthed various unreleased tracks from the last few years that he’s happy to share with you, so we’re going to be making these available over the coming weeks, as well as older Aqualung material and the bands that Matt fronted pre-Aqualung. We’re also putting together a collection of the best instrumental versions of Aqualung songs. So, click on the link below, and keep an eye on your inbox!
Jun 19, 2017
Hello friends. I seem to be in England. It's sunny. I hope you are well and finding the scraps of happiness that are scattered all around us, if you have the energy to look... (current energy level: QUITE LOW).
"What gives you energy?" asked a wise friend of mine the other day. It's an interesting question. What's your answer? (Mine was 'stuff to look forward to', so I'm working on having some of that.)
ANYWAY I'm here to tell you that I recently got back the rights to my first three albums called "Aqualung" (squiggly drawing of me), "Still Life" (photo of my eye/ a bit of Scotland) and "Memory Man" (me sitting in some kind of monochrome space library). These will shortly be re-released. You may well not notice. All it really means is that in a few days, any streaming or downloading or buying of those albums will be sending tiny bits of money to me and not to the record companies with whom I originally made the albums.
SO now would be a great time to revisit those old faves, perhaps leaving them on permanent repeat in a corner of the room. You don't even need to turn the volume up... HoHo. It also means that I'll be able to go back and release some other bits and pieces that may be of interest, and, who knows, even use the tiny bits of money to make some more music. But that's probably just crazy talk....
So that's something to look forward to. Good!
Love to you,
from me, Matt x
P.S, We’re going to start a brand new mailing list, so if you want to continue to receive these irregular missives, do please go here http://eepurl.com/cLqu1r
Here is Tom Chaplin talking to BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley about his forthcoming debut solo album, produced by Matt;
Jun 29, 2016
In case you missed it...
Jun 13, 2016
Hello again. It's been a Long Time since I went on tour.
I stopped touring because it was making me and mine sad and mad and I haven't missed the nonsense and tedium and toxic oddness of touring life at all. But I have sometimes missed the unique pleasure of singing these songs that I care about into a room full of mostly strangers and it turning out that we have so many things in common: music, communion, big questions, bathos, pathos, baths, paths, falling over, growing up. So. It seems to be time to do that again. a bit. Tickets here: http://www.bandsintown.com/Aqualung
I listened to Disclosure's 'Latch' endlessly while making '10 Futures' trying to pick it apart and work out how it was made, but I couldn't. So good, so sophisticated. When Guy and Howard got in touch about working together I saw it as a sign to push myself as hard as I push the artists I work with as a songwriter and producer
May 24, 2016
Two special engagements - 6/23 in LA at Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and 6/27 in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall. Tickets on sale next week!
May 23, 2016
If you bought #10Futures on cd, bless you. If you downloaded on iTunes or have been streaming on Spotify, thank you and here's a page of the cd booklet. http://smarturl.it/10futuresit
In all the songs from '10 Futures' I hear myself refracted as a different artist from what I thought I was stuck with. It's exciting. I went places that, on paper, I wasn't supposed to. Now I can't wait to do more!
May 17, 2016
People fetishise vinyl, but the medium of my youth was cassettes, even though I grew up in a record shop. My earliest experience of recording was from tape to tape, pressing the pause and record buttons. https://youtu.be/7ICQgm8kziQ