If you go through my record collection you’ll find very few solo acts. For no apparent reasons. So it is a pleasure to add MATT CHANWAY to the collection. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
A name sets the tone for the band. With the right name you don’t really need any sort of declaration of intent. You use your own name. Does that make it tougher to sell the concept than with a band name?
-The reason I use my name is that this music is the closest thing to an embodiment of my personal spirit as you’re going to get. There is no commercialization, no bullshit, no canned music pandering to music industry executives. It is for that reason alone, I am comfortable with this as a solo project under my own birth name. This isn’t about selling anything to anybody either – I set out to make a record I could put on at home and listen to..
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-Just old-school progressive metal and virtuoso-type playing, artists like Nevermore, Tony Macalpine, Jag Panzer, Aghora, Circus Maximus. Also some old school rock-type stuff (Dokken/Van Halen) as well as some death metal ala Morbid Angel and Death.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-I feel that would be kind of a contrived forced way to play and compose. Melodies and solos are living breathing entities and I play what suits the song, and what comes naturally to me. No need for any different process playing slow vs fast.
Playing live is a totally different beast to studio work. How does your music work in a live environment?
-It will work in a kickass way when I bring these songs to stage! No studio magic was used in creating this record, so I am totally confident with the right personnel playing this stuf live.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-I haven’t used a label so far, and tend to believe that labels are becoming less and less needed with today’s technologies. For example, it used to be such that a label was required to front you funds to cover the massive costs simply recording the album. This is simply not necessary in today’s age. When you’re at the grassroots level as I am, I see no issue with music being readily available through any means necessary. For the established acts that are really relying on their projects for income, this is a completely different story (more on that below)!
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-I do agree with you that fans can be quite fickle it seems today especially with the internet/social media. Just one of the negatives accompanying the many positives in today’s technological and social climate. To me it’s insane that an immensely talented guy like Jeff Loomis or Devin Townsend can post a video on social media, and be subject to just retarded critique, from a child. Yikes.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-I am a musical purist and really do not judge the music I listen to by the cover. I play lead guitar in old-school thrash metal band Assimilation, and I think our album cover for the latest release “The Laws of Power” looks really awesome.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-I look at is more of a global community of progressive metal, but I think there are a lot of really talented acts coming from my part of Canada as well. Of course Europe really is the haven for metal though…
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-Music streaming is putting a huge strain on virtually all mid/upper-level bands. I know of some bands already that have had to call it quits as they have been basically robbed of their sales revenue. I really do not know what fans of progressive/underground acts are thinking when they use streaming services to enjoy their favorite artists’ material, or if they are thinking at all. If this keeps up you are going to eventually see just a drought of musically creative projects as more and more acts hang it up, and the only new releases we will have to listen to are 3-song EPs from Jared Dines and Ryan Fluff Bruce
What lies in the future?
-From me, stay tuned for news and future updates. I have more material in the works, both instrumental and with Assimilation