I used to live in Highgate, North London, so after thinking about this a lot, London has to be the city I love the most, followed in close second by New York. Between Highgate and Hampstead, with the greenery and that East Village feel, along with its close proximity to Camden and Holland Park, there is no more inspiring a place. Even the cemeteries are extraordinary, and genuinely places you could relax in. I mean, even Karl Marx is buried up there in Highgate cemetery.
It feeds into my music. My song ‘Butterflies’ off the new album is about this setting, because it is close to my heart. Basically, the lyrics are about a girl I was once in a relationship with. We once went walking around those beautiful green areas where there are so many butterflies. On one particular day, we went from Hampstead Lane to Waterloo Park, and we could see and hear the bells at St. Paul’s. You can do that on a good day.
Those are the simple things I am fond of, because they help you build a real connection with a city.
Often it’s about how you were feeling at that specific time. It just so happens that for me, Highgate was the perfect place to be at that moment. That’s life though, innit?
River Matthews’ EP Sunshine is out now