Interview – Matyascorvinus

Matyascorvinus is a Finnish artist with a unique sound to his music – his latest song, In Solitude, has a haunting, classical sound to it, which I adored. Read the interview below and check out the track if you like what you read!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled In Solitude, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased? What does the title refer to?

The track is one of those ‘five minute songs’ that came out very naturally and quickly, without any planning or thinking. Which makes it special is, that it was born in very stressful situation. My dear friend had an out-of-the-blue divorce which devastated her completely. On a dark last February’s night, we received a call that she was in really bad shape. So, my wife immediately took off and rushed to her. I stayed home with the dog and was wondering what the hell is going on. Soon, I received a call telling me that they were on their way to a mental clinic. My friend was taken in.

As usual, when I’m alone, I grabbed my guitar and the core of this piece was quickly made. I wrote it in the moment that they were on the road to the clinic. The stress, uncertainty and worry I was feeling came out as this song.

The title refers to us, many times, being very alone in the moment of crisis. Somehow it also refers to my favourite and most productive state. It’s kind of a ‘bipolar’ title. Which, in this context makes sense, if you like.

The release itself is solely digital, no physical record. So, it can be purchased from iTunes, for example.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Not really. On the contrary, actually. I am a loner, as a person. I also need absolute solitude in order to create. The pandemic actually has offered me very nice circumstances to write and do everything making music requires.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

It’s always an adventure. I do not consider myself a guitarist, being an almost self taught guy. That’s why planning and thinking of chords, patterns etc. is out of the question. My method is to grab the guitar, place my fingers somewhere on the fretboard and listen. Every piece of my music comes by intuition. Sometimes accidentally, I just happen to press my finger somewhere and out comes something that sounds nice. Sometimes the complete song comes out in minutes, sometimes it needs weeks. Sometimes something is remembered, sometimes forgotten – I never write anything down. But believe that the best things are being memorized. So, the writing process comes completely from somewhere deep.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Oh, yes! A new single called Tree of Life comes out after two weeks. I have also recorded four other songs waiting to be edited and released later this year. Right now I’m thinking about the format – singles or EP. Maybe singles: the individual cover artwork has already been made.

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

I think that albums will not be done. For me the process, especially recording, is draining, to be honest. I am doing everything myself. This is both extremely rewarding and extremely tiring. DIY to the core means that there’s no one helping. Being honest, determined and devoted to what you do requires a lot of effort. But it pays off! At least you can say that you have done what it takes!

You’re classically trained and play a variety of different instruments, what is your favourite instrument to write and perform with?

Well, the training period was quite short, only one year. But it taught me a lot! The playing technique comes from there, for example. Anyway, I have been practicing myself for years. Honed my skills and songwriting. The classical lessons gave the foundation to do what I’m doing now, without them… what would I do? Supposedly be in a band playing drums. Which I also did for quite a while.

However, guitar is my favourite. But, I am using it like my ukulele: I do not even know guitar chords! I’m using ukulele chords and combining them with bass strings of the guitar. That’s where the sound comes from. I have tried to be as unconventional as possible, even though it sounds classical!

Are you a big fan of classical music?

To be honest, no. However, I love certain things in it. Like Sibelius. But in general, I do not listen to it very much. Only occasionally. However, classical music is very familiar. I know what pieces by whom I like to listen when I’m in the mood.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

As I have said, inspiration always comes somewhere, sometimes from everywhere. My influences mainly come from goth music and extreme metal. Especially death metal, which is very dear to me. So, lately I have been listening to acts like Rotting Christ, Six Feet Under, Belphegor, Blutengel, Goth Minister, VNV Nation, to name a few. Still, all music in the world has something to offer. Music of the whole wide world is an inspiration. I am very open minded and like to listen to all the sounds there are.

Whereabouts are you based and what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

My home is the town of Kotka in southern Finland, Scandinavia. The music scene in Finland is very, very vivid. Tons and tons of different acts with a very large variety of styles. My hometown is also a busy music town with lots of different artists. Almost everyone I know plays an instrument, mostly in bands.

Are you influenced by your surroundings?

Yes, I am. Mainly by nature, which is a crucial element in the creating process. It also soothes my mind a lot, which comes to music, as well. I always think of nature in some form when writing and naming songs. We live on the shore; the sea means a lot to me. It also is a bottomless source of inspiration.

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

For the time being, no. Right now I’m pondering whether to do it or not. But no conclusion yet!

Any last words for the fans?

Be gentle to yourself. Stop for a second and listen to your own thoughts. Give yourself time. We all live in a busy world, with hectic schedules. Do not forget to sit back for a while. This is what Matyascorvinus’ music is all about.