PETER MATUCHNIAK

Musician, Guitarist, Composer

Latest Album

Second solo album “Destiny” released by Melodic Revolution Records
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The Steppes

A Tribute to early Steve Hackett

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I write a lot of music in many different styles, though typically in the vein of Progressive Rock/Jazz. I love to record, mix and produce my songs at my home studio and enjoy the art and craft of making an album.  This goes back to my childhood obsession with a reel-to-reel tape machine, spending hours recording at various speeds or running the tape backwards.

My solo albums are theme-based which brings cohesion to a collection of songs that are otherwise stylistically varied. My longer songs allow for a lyrical theme to develop and repurpose the same musical idea in multiple ways (such as Landscape Burning), but I also like to write more concise songs (such as Spies) or ideas better suited for film music. 

Unusual guitar sounds intrigue me, and I always play to the sound. People tell me that I have a unique playing style, or they hear the influences of Steve Hackett, Dave Gilmour and Andy Latimer, all of whom inspire my compositions along with the musical concepts of Mike Oldfield, Genesis, Pink Floyd and Yes.  I love a bit of modern jazz like Al Di Meola and Brand X, but for me it all starts with The Beatles.

Musical Timeline

I’ve been involved in many musical projects around the world, from serious to fun to bizarre… but always interesting.

London Bands

During high school I formed my first band Janysium, releasing a home-made cassette album that sold over 1000 copies. We joined forces with Mach One, released an album on vinyl, toured the English club circuit and gained attention from the whole Neo-Prog movement.  I then went to university to study Maths. 

Bollywood Jingles

After university I travelled throughout Asia, sustaining my existence through writing commercial jingles for Indian TV ads, courtesy of my buddy Simon Strevens. Fellow Indian musicians invited us to play with them to an audience of 4,000. Of which 3,999 booed, so I married the other one.

California Bands

My wife and I moved to the USA and raised a family. And then I got itchy guitar fingers. Internet ads brought together Evolve IV to release an album, before Gekko Projekt called, releasing two more albums. I’m currently performing in The Steppes, a tribute to early Steve Hackett

Solo Stuff

I write a lot of music and finally began to release my own solo albums as well as perform them live with musicians from Los Angeles.  I’ve also played session guitar on a few albums, and composed music for a humourous language training video.  I’m still hungry and look forward to doing more…