My road has not been a straight line. But, if it had been, I would not be able to bring the music that I write today to those that it touches.
Live Interview Thursday May 24 at 2 pm et:
Episode #592: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://tobtr.com/10785789
Interview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio
Band Name: Matia
Singer/Songwriter lead Vocalist:
Guitar and producer: Ken Mazur
Keyboards: Sandy Stein alternating with Steve Robbins
Drums: David Bolen
Percussion: Davey Chegwidden
Bass: Donnie Yance alternating with Lou Castro
I am a singer/songwriter, and I play both the guitar and piano. I am self taught and play by ear. I find that depending on the vibe inside that brings me to start writing kind of drives me to one or the other. Each song is different and comes in a different way.
Some influential artist to me are: Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, The Supremes, James Taylor, Staple Singers, Etta James, Carol King, and Mozart to name a few. My taste in music is vast, but the common factor is that “thing” that one cannot describe that touches them. For me, it is something that touches me deeply– a chord, a note, a lyric. I am moved by deep emotion and I feel that all of the above have that in one way or another. I like it when music makes me cry. I like it when it takes you on an emotional journey. This is something I try to do in my music.
My road has not been a straight line. But, if it had been, I would not be able to bring the music that I write today to those that it touches. I began writing when I was very young before the age of ten. I was performing professionally by 14. All that changed not too long after and those events took me on a ride that lasted a very long time.
Many times I just get these things that pop into my head. Sometimes they are melodies, sometimes they are lyrics, and sometimes both. When I can’t speak was entirely written in my head and it literally just came to me from “nowhere”. I did not think about it. Kenny and I call these downloads. They happen to me a lot. After days or weeks of it evolving in my head, I go to the instrument that feel good for that song and set chords to it.
I bring it to Ken Mazur, my producer, and teach him the song. Together we build the production with his lead. Ken is a life-long, platinum selling musician having played on the road with Robert Palmer for many years. He recorded and performed with some of the best artists of our time such as Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, The O’Jays and more. He has been scoring for Television and film and is currently scoring for a multi-Emmy award winning TV show. Ken brings his artistry to the music I write and together we feel we create music that is deeply moving. Each of our band mates are equally as talented and seasoned in their own unique ways and bring their colors to my music making it even more. When Kenny and I start a song we record it bare bones and add tracks from there.
My time in Oregon is spent with family and our private animal rescue which is incredibly important to us all and fulfilling. I go down to California to record and perform. I do all of this in between working as a world renown healer (Ph.D.) which is part of my curved path and how I found myself back here writing and recording and playing with the amazing musicians in my band.