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Art & Life with Matthew Fiock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Fiock.

Matthew, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Growing up in the Northwest was a life full of beaches and rain, but when I ended up in Northeast Texas I’d have to get used to, too much sun and lots of excellent Texan BBQ. During the 80’s in Eugene, OR I grew up around many in the music scene. I was raised around a very vivid hippie, Rasta, metal and pop culture to say the least! My experience in music began while being deaf due to inner ear infections as a young child. In church, I would lay on the floor often during the worship service to feel vibrations from the drums and voices. Due to the humming and buzzing sensation it made in my cheeks and face I discovered my voice. When I was miraculously healed from being deaf, around the age of five, it was extremely emotional as I learned about my own created sounds. Pronunciation was incredibly difficult for me as I was made fun a lot growing up. Later on in years of vocal work I would get comments like “you sound like” met with mild tones of excitement. So I continued working on finding my OWN voice. As far as songwriting, I started writing terribly composed songs at the age of 15. I started progressively writing from one genre to entirely a different one. Through the tender stages of my youth, being within my father’s house, learning of who the ultimate creator made me to be, and with all the incredible musical genius that surrounded me, I eventually found myself and my sound. I was now creating music for what it had become in my head and in my heart. I grew up around a few Pacific Islanders. Hawaiians, Samoans, etc. It was then I was introduced to the Ukulele and once I gave over to this new love, I permanently never looked back. That sound I had found in my heart and in my head was now accompanied by the Uke.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a singer/songwriter. I write and play my mix of genre to the Ukulele. I use music to bring all men, women and children into a new reality that we were created for something that is beyond us. That idea is a reality that reaches new heights, understanding and a very real dimension of why life and why they’re important. I believe there’s hope for the broken, hurting and the downtrodden. All people were made for more than what we allow ourselves to realize and that we all have great worth and worthy of being loved! I truly believe that music literally transforms people into who they really are supposed to be. It liberates the people from captivity in all sorts of hardships that’ll bind them. This music that I write, sing, perform, etc. I believe it’ll set people free from potential terrible realities and even of death itself.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Go to artist conventions and conferences, connect with artist development groups and even talent searches. I’ve made great friends with people of the same mind at these events. We bounce ideas off one another even after these events are over and collaborate on all sorts of levels. Creates a real network of driven creatives and makes you better at what you do. It forms a family around you that understand where you’re coming from.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have a few platforms for my work. For my new single “Flew into a Shadow” go to matthewfiock.com, reverbnation, F.B., YouTube, Instagram. I’ll also have my single on Spotify, Google play, iTunes, Amazon music, iheartradio, Pandora as well as a number of others.

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Mandy Fiock

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