Interview: "Neptune" - Mathieu Saïkaly
Q: ‘Neptune’ is such an amazing track! Can you share what inspired you to write this song?
Mathieu: Thanks! It was the feeling you get before coming apart that inspired me. The moment where you realize that you lose the other, where that person goes further and further from you and you can’t find a way back to them. It’s too late, there’s going to be a storm. A separation is going to happen. This is the last step, the last planet before going out of the solar system. I’m talking about “the other”, but of course it’s also someone that you could find in front of a mirror.
Q: What first got you into music?
Mathieu: I can’t really say. I’m guessing the wonderful vibrations you feel when you listen to music got to my baby ears and made me want to try to create sounds :).
Q: How would you describe your unique sound?
Mathieu: I try to search my heart in an honest way, which is not always easy but necessary, and always explore new ways of capturing my feelings the best way possible. I don’t limit myself in terms of sound. If I’m drumming on a table and I like the sound, I’ll use that table. I don’t really care about a clean, neat studio sound if it’s not the best way of translating my emotions. So I guess my sound is true to myself, with all my flaws and assets, and that makes it unique :).
Q: What was the experience like filming a video for ‘Neptune’?
Mathieu: Actually we kind of improvised the video! I was with Eric De Chazournes, a filmmaker and long time friend of mine, and there was mist that day, and we thought it could represent well the feeling of the song, so we just took the camera, the guitar and let ourselves go.
Q: If you could be the opening act for any artist in the world, who would you pick and why?
Mathieu: There’s so many, it’s hard to pick one!
Q: What advice would you give to an artist that is just starting out?
Mathieu: Don’t be afraid to try things. Sometimes it seems like a mountain to climb, but doing it step by step you’ll realize it’s not that overwhelming to put yourself out there. Trying will always bring you something positive. If it works, you’ll grow. If it doesn’t, you’ll learn. And you’ll try again :). Be kind to your mistakes, but always try to outdo yourself.
Written By Sarah Curry