We all dream of success, but only a few of us are prepared for it when it actually happens. Matt Willis, bass player from Busted and McBusted bands, experienced success very young, and was selling out big arenas while he was still a teenager. He had to grow up in public, and it wasn’t always easy. One of the things that will strike you about Matt is his emotional intelligence. His journey from rock and roll burnout, to a healthy, mature father is an incredible story, and offers a glimpse of a very different, more wholesome kind of success. Matt goes right to the beginning of his journey in this conversation. From starting out as a teenager with big dreams of success, to having a number one album and playing massive arenas like Wembley Stadium – it’s a rollercoaster. The songs and touring, girls, drink and drugs all follow. For a long time, Matt’s success got him through his struggles with addiction. After the breakup of Busted, Matt Willis wrestled with his demons, and his persona as the fun, hedonistic party guy soon got old. VIP invites died away and family members worried for his future. But Matt is a smart guy, and he had enough awareness to say enough is enough when the right moment came. Having a baby daughter and a loving wife finally woke him up to his self-destruction. For anyone who has struggled with self-esteem issues or addiction, Matt’s story reveals the key to finally beating substance abuse. We also talk about the industry, his future like one of the Busted band members and his dreams of being an actor. Matt is now a balanced, charming and fascinating creative businessman, who does what he does for the love, not the money. As he says himself, all the negatives in his journey as an artist and performer have now become a powerful positive, as he reflects his story in his creativity. How old is Matt Willis. He is an inspiring young man to talk to, and I know you guys are going to love him. I absolutely loved having Matt in studio.