music is something that vanessa and i are both really passionate about. our mutual love of music is something that brought us together in the first place. music also has the potential to unite humanity in general. we’d like to share a bit about some of the music projects we’re involved in.
i go by the artist name matek, which is a character i created as an avatar to express my creations. last year i released my debut solo album, entitled “internal fire”. it had been a long time coming. it followed the release of my debut EP, which i released in september 2008. the EP consisted of 5 tracks that i’d been working on throughout the year, and was called the “lightflow EP”.
my EP received a really positive response, which inspired me to shift gears and finish off my album. so from september-november 2008 i spent most of my time in the studio, recording and mixing what would become “internal fire”. it was comprised of a few songs that i’d already been working on, combined with songs that seemed to appear out of nowhere while i was mixing the existing tracks. i love it when that happens!
most of the recording and mixing was done during that period, and by november i had an album that was an eclectic combination of post-hiphop, electronica, 8bit video game sounds, new wave dub, combined with elements of dubstep and dance. the sound of my album has since been described as both galactic and tribal at the same time, which i think is pretty cool, as galactic tribal culture is a key aspect to shamballah.
once the album was mixed, i spent a week designing and programming an interactive interface, which contained the lyrics and some of my art. completely DIY and totally self-published, i had my first album, which was also an interactive multimedia release.
i travelled to ireland in late november for some metaphysical training, and while i was there i started hustling my album, and got an incredibly positive response. while in ireland, i had the opportunity to perform some of my music on an acoustic guitar at a shamballah gathering, and managed to get my album into a record store in dublin.
i had my album launch in cape town in december, performed a new year set at an outdoor festival just outside cape town, started hosting monthly shamballah gatherings in the city, and got my album into the middle east and japan. a few weeks ago i signed up for a digital distribution deal with reverbnation, and my album will be available to purchase from amazon, emusic, itunes, napster and rhapsody by late august / early september 2009.
in april 2009 i was off to toronto, canada, for more training. toronto was exciting. i met vanessa there, and we got to perform together at another shamballah gathering. which leads us to our next post…
here’s a downloadable track from my album:
“luma” by matek
you can listen to the entire album, plus additional tracks, here.
click here to become a fan of matek on facebook.