Ma petit fripon. Je t’aims toujours
(2 months ago and scroll down to the bottom for today’s inspirational track & lyrics – I’m so grateful)
Matthew de Souza (aka Hessian)
I like to build a solid soundscape before I start arranging anything and this is exactly what I did for ‘Told You’. Once I had got the sounds I was looking for I then started to arrange. A lot of the inspiration came from the vocals I had previously recorded. I love messing around with vocals as they can provide textures that no instruments can.
Born in Twickenham, London.
The music scene in Bristol is amazing and everyone is so welcoming where ever you go. I live on one of the most vibrant roads in Bristol, there is always something exciting happening.
I have always been a very creative person and music seems to be the perfect outlet for my creativity.
Music helps me express myself.
If for some reason I end up not composing/producing anything for over a week, I can definitely feel the difference in myself not being able to release that creative side of me. I am also very interested in finding new and unique ways of making sounds. I don’t think I will ever stop making at least some form of music.
No not really, I have always had other small jobs to support my music but never another career.
I went to a music specialist school and so from that point I had always been interested in it.
14. How did you get started in the music industry?
After learning the basics of music at school and then music technology at collage, I then went on to complete my degree in Creative Music and Sound Design. From here I learnt about the industry and gained connections enabling me to start my career.
Looking at the statistics on Spotify/instagram and other social media platforms. The majority of my listeners range between 25 and 40 year of age. I think this is because the sound I try to portray is slightly more complex/intricate than your standard house music.
I love to DJ the entire spectrum of electronic music. Taking people on a journey I personally think is very important when performing live.
Everything I write is my own work.
I make a lot of sample packs and background music mainly to help pay the bills but the more connections I can make, the better.
I have started my own label which I hope in the future will be the hub for all my releases, maybe even some other artists. I don’t like the thought of contracts which essentially gives away the ownership of my work. I want 100% of what I have made and starting my own label is the best way to do so.
I think mental health plays a huge part in every industry but especially the creative industries. The expectation to perform and provide for audiences/fans is becoming more and more demanding and there doesn’t seem to be any more help. Fortunately I have been lucky enough not to experience any mental health issues myself but I know a lot of people that have and it makes a huge difference on that person even when doing the smallest of things. It is different for every person but I think in general it isn’t addressed enough and more should be done about the issue.
I don’t actually have a favourite quote. I feel when having a favourite ‘something’, you tend to favour that way of thinking and so I like to leave my mind open and just see what happens
I always struggle to describe my music. I would probably put my music under ‘textural/ambient deep house’. Something like that. Most of the time I just end up showing them and letting them decide.
What are your 3 favourite songs ?
Fwoooah, tricky one. It changes almost ever week as I’m always finding something new that I like. But at the moment I would have to say:
Apollo by Tourist
Sonnen allee by Ben Bohmer& Hifi Brother (and finally I recently went to see Deadmau5 which brought a lot of love back for him so I’m going to say)
4ware by Deadmau5.
What is your perspective on the current state of the industry?
I personally think that the music industry is one of the most dynamic and adaptive industries out there and if you can stay on top of things and keep with the times then everything will work out fine.
The only thing I think the industry needs is time to adapt. There is always new companies and start ups pushing new ideas and the full transition form analogue to digital will be a long process. I have no doubt that the industry will survive. The decline will stop once everything else adapts.
I am currently working on a new 4 track EP which features a selection of singers. It’s a lot more clubby but still represents my sound and style through the vocals chopping and textural elements.
Copyrighted Natasha bodley
“… It’s passed on! This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet it’s maker! This is a late parrot! It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies! It’s rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot!”
Love set free captured in verse & imagery. Simply superb
Stormy gray nimbus
how you struggle with emotion
withholding your love
Listen! You can hear it in her midnight sigh
a whisper of secrets from her dreams of you
Close your eyes and feel it by your side
the caress of fingers demanding their due
Don’t think, don’t reason, alleviate your mind
let soul preside, let heart steer you true
Lone thirsting daisy
beauty coaxing the heavens
till nourishment falls
gray clouds glow white with relief
the sun shines on you and me.
I thought I’d succeed this time .
I’d die reciting poetry under my favourite duvet ..
Perhaps listening to music.
Nearly ended up sectioned .
Making the most of a new day.
No serious damage except to my ego.
I’ve never felt so ashamed at failing to take my own life as this attempt.
Why ? Cos I’m still fucking here.
Apologising to people for not wanting to be here.
Time to keep going.
Moving to a new home is a priority..
This house is a poltergeist.
It feeds my need to keep bleeding.
I love my husband
My mommy & daughter.
3 good reasons to state that I’m