Hiya MATARE thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I’ve always felt this urge to make music and put it in front of people. I feel like it’s been my identity ever since I was a kid taking music lessons.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

Started making dance music on vinyl records in Orlando, Fl. Worked on some music that made it onto tv shows and commercials. Got bored with electronic music and started writing songs with a guitar and currently making dreampop and loving it!

What was life like for you before music?

No such thing really. It’s always been something I create. There was a period where I took a break for some years but I was unhappy and bored.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Dreaming of Me by Depeche Mode, Wanna Be Starting Something- MJ, Dreams by Fleetwood Mac (before the viral video of the guy skateboarding drinking juice)

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I’m consistently growing in fans and popularity and I’m thankful for the listeners I have. If this is as far as I go then I’m good but….i have a lot of songs left to share with the world and I probably won’t stop until I’m dead in the ground.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

That promotion is the hardest part but to stay consistent and think of it in tiers of progress. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I’m an avid skimboarder, I’m an avid rock climber and I love social media 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Have a producer to work with who helps me dial in my sound and hear things with a second set of ears. Maybe to work with the producer, Flood!

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

I regularly put weird lyrics in my music so I guess I don’t really worry too much. I have a concept album idea about killing and being evil so I guess I’ll find out if I’ll be cancelled or not after that. 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Some things seems curious as I get older like say the moon landing. I want to believe it’s true but why haven’t we been able to go back? Or maybe we have gone back, we are secretly doing stuff there? That’s about the only conspiracy theory I sign on to.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Sound system kept blowing a fuse and music stopped repeatedly until we turned the PA down to an embarrassingly soft level to make it work. I think our bass drums were way too loud and was the culprit.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I skimboard maybe 1-2 hours most days of the week. I try to live near the beach for my job and I spend a lot of it practicing trying to do tricks on waves. It’s intense exercise and a form of therapyI think.

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

We are releasing singles for the rest of the year and then packaging them all onto a full length lp. It’s gonna be a great record and I’m excited to geek out on the artwork and design.

Whats your thoughts on Elon Musks contribution to the world?

Don’t really care about him. It’s weird that he has so many kids with different women. 

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

Perfect Constant is a song about knowing I am going to live one last day. It’s about choosing your last experiences. I’ve had a constant factor in my life and I would choose to spend my last day with her. It’s kind of a sad love song I guess but packaged in an upbeat 90s rock track. 

What was the recording process like?

Originally it was going to have a lot of effects on the guitars and head into shoegaze territory but we decided to leave it as it. A lot of the guitars are by a Turkish session player named Igor and I love his style. So when I want to get an outside perspective on my song, I ask him to collaborate and it works out great.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

My vocals were originally mixed upfront and loud and very clear. It didn’t sound right. I learned that sometimes distant and lower vocals help bring out the song as a whole withoutdistracting the listener.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

There were vocal “ahhs” throughout the song and they are still mixed in super low. I guess I would have considered making them a little louder if I had another shot- maybe for the vinyl version?

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Check out MatAre on your streaming sites and send me a message on my socials if you want to have a link to any unreleased stuff. I love to do that with fans.