The fact that Matuchniak is still exploring new avenues and producing his best work to date is an inspiration to us allMark Hughes
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 and drawing my inspiration from the sound.
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, but I also like to write more concise songs or ideas better suited for film music. Give me a scope, and I will compose accordingly.
Unusual guitar sounds intrigue me, and I always play to the sounds I hear. 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.
I’ve been involved in many musical projects around the world, from serious to fun … to bizarre … but always interesting.
During high school I formed my first band Janysium, releasing a home-made cassette album that sold over 1000 copies in one year. 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. When we split, I went back to university to complete a degree in Maths.
After university I travelled throughout Asia, sustaining my existence through writing commercial jingles for Indian TV ads, along with my childhood friend 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.
My wife and I moved to 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 Electric Forest and Reya of Titan. I’m currently performing in The Steppes, a tribute to early Steve Hackett
I write a lot of music and began to release my own solo albums, performing live with musicians from Los Angeles. I’ve done session guitar on several albums, and composed music for a video game, humourous language training video and so on. I am currently working on two new solo albums along with other collaborations