Guitarist, composer and teacher Jay Matharu, based out of Uppsala in Sweden, has recently released his debut full-length album “These Clouds Are So Undisciplined!.” Featuring guest appearances from a few musicians, including guitarist Nili Brosh, the record is a must-hear for the fans of instrumental progressive / jazz rock.
We talked with Jay about the album.
Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?
Hi! Life is great, I can’t really complain. I just came back from a ten day holiday so I’m feeling pretty chilled and re-energized. I’m very grateful that I have the opportunity to talk to you guys.
Speaking of new music, you have an album. What can people expect from “These Clouds are So Undisciplined!”?
Yep, my debut album as a solo artist is out now! Listeners can expect to hear melodic progressive rock instrumental music with many twist and turns that includes elements from other styles such as jazz, pop and fusion.
What was it like working on the album?
It was a really interesting process. The album started out as a project to write and record an album within one hundred days. At the time I was working full time as well so there was many days I was only able to spend thirty minutes or a couple of hours here and there to record. It was a little stressful at times with the deadline but I had a lot of fun and got to experience a whole different way of writing and recording. Plus it gave me a big push into writing music again after a period of being inactive.
Are there any touring plans in support to “These Clouds are So Undisciplined!”?
I never really thought about touring until a few weeks back. I thought instrumental music was a very difficult genre to book gigs with, but recently I’ve been seeing more and more instrumental acts touring. Nothing is booked yet but I’m definitely going to plan something next year.
While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?
If I could I’d love to tour everywhere (laughs). It would be especially fun to get out of Europe and tour Japan or Brazil.
Who and what inspires you the most?
I’ve never had one particular muse; anything can inspire me. It could be music, art, film, nature, people or even my pet rabbit Bellatrix. There are so many ways to experience and interpret different situations, which can really influence the creative process.
What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?
When it comes to listening to music I have a very eclectic taste. I listen to everything except for country music, well John 5 and Johnny Cash is about as country as I go. Progressive and Indian Classical music are the two styles of music that have had the biggest impact on my playing in recent years. I got into progressive music through listening to grunge back in the nineties; the use of odd time signatures had a big impact on my playing. Listening to Indian classical taught me to slow down and listen to how much expression can be applied to just one note as well as a hundred notes.
I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
I would like to thank you and your readers for taking the time to check out this interview and hopefully my music. I’d love to hear people’s feedback so if anyone wants to connect just send me a message on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram.