Influenced by the soul of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Elton John and the sensitive storytelling of artists like James Taylor and Carole King, MATIA was captivated by music at the age of six. By 14 she was gigging on a professional level, appearing in such prestigious places such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.,. Then, serious illness led her down a different road and a long detour away from her music. Voiceless and challenged with a severe condition, Matia struggled for her life but grew stronger, deeper and wiser in the process. After healing herself through education and hard work, and dedicating many years to educating and healing others after earning her Ph.D., and starting her own medical clinic, she re emerged as a serious singer/songwriter, sharing her musical gifts with the help of veteran composer/guitarist/producer, Kenny Mazur, who played and recorded with such diverse artists as Robert Palmer ,Tina Turner., the O Jays and the Paul Winter Consort and has been composing for television for many years. MATIA has released two albums, Blind and There Is Love and is now working on releasing a series of singles, the first of which is titled Children (the video is on Youtube) Matia Music. She has been featured at Brittfest, Country Crossings, and House Of Blues capturing audiences with her cross genre writing style. Matia is a huge animal and human rights activist, her heart is the only thing larger than her music and that is what you hear when you listen to her. Don't miss out on this artist.
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
Thank you for having me. Well, this year is starting off much better than the last. I have released my first in several singles I plan on releasing this year and am very excited about that. This new release is doing really well on Youtube and Spotify and the timing of the song is really quite perfect (although accidental) given all that is going on in the world.
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I have a very long story as an artist. I started quite young singing and writing and a huge health issue took me off the map of music for a long time. Because of this life crisis, I never thought I could return to music. I thought it was no longer in my cards, so to speak. However, somehow life brought someone into my life that created an avenue straight back in and that avenue led me to my producer Ken Mazur a veteran musician who is quite accomplished and that set my music back in motion.
How did you come up with your latest project?
All of the songs I am releasing now have been written during the time that lockdowns began. I find most music, at least for me, comes out of emotional unrest and the need to turn uncomfortable life circumstances and feelings into something positive.
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Washington D.C.. I moved to LA later and spent most of my life there in Malibu. That is the area where most of my band members are.
Where do you live now?
I am currently in Europe at the moment.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Yes, it's much easier to all be in one place, to record, and to gig. However, since I have been staying in Europe, we still record together, but we do so digitally. At first it was a huge hurdle, but we have it all ironed out now and it's going much more smoothly.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
I never wanted to do anything else, and as I said earlier, life took me off the path of music and showed me that there were other very important things I needed to get done in this life. But, then it took me back around and said “here, now you get to do this fun thing for yourself”only better because now you have a lot more to say.
How do you want to shape your career?
My greatest wish is to be able to be back on stage with my band in a very large venue and to bring my music to a larger audience through Spotify, etc... I don't know if in fact that will happen, but, my music is something I do because I feel there are so many things that I need to say and I want them to be heard. If only a few people are meant to hear those messages then perhaps that is what was meant to be.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
I have a pretty busy medical practice and I try to make time for music every single day.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
My latest release was inspired by the events of last Summer. However, that inspiration was an accumulation of years of feelings built up. I have a huge focus on human acceptance of one another, kindness, empathy, and fairness. It happens that the events that led me to write Children are more than ever relevant today.
Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
I am 100 percent attached to my music. I am very emotional about every song.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Where do they go to listen NOW?
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
The best reaction we ever had was at Brittfest in Southern Oregon when the people who came to see the main act came pouring down to our stage. The area was completely full and everyone was lined up on the outside of the fence as well. People were standing and super charged over the music. It was the show of my personal life-time. I had tears in my eyes from seeing how we moved people.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
Right now because I am far away from my band, the most exciting thing I have going is releasing my music. We had been chosen for a 100,000 person venue right as COVID hit and everything got canceled. We hope to have another such opportunity. Until then, we simply will record and release.
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
Not at the moment, no.
Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview!
Youtube: Matia Music