Check out my interview with local jazz artist Deanne Matley. We discuss her forthcoming album, Because I Loved and several other important topics.
Deanne is one of Canada’s top Jazz vocalists and is aspiring to be nominated for a Juno award.
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Maveen Kaura: Thank you for joining me on this interview with Deanna Matley. We’re just going to use the next 20-30 minutes having a little conversation with Deanna getting to know her a little bit better and at the end of this you know you’ll find a little bit more about her who she is and what her goals are for the next five to ten years.
So Deanna, just to get, why don’t you tell us a little bit about why you got started in music?
Deanne Matley: Well actually it’s kind of funny because I was telling somebody the other day I never actually thought I’d be doing music full-time. For the last five years I just decided to take the plunge and I decided to do music full-time. It’s my passion and now people are like so you need to get a hobby.
My passion is my job. Most people are probably like that’s awesome when you get to do what you love for your job but it also has its challenges too.
Maveen Kaura: What would you say is your first memory of being in music or doing music? Is there any story you can share with us to let us know a little bit about your first memory
Deanne Matley: Well I share the story quite a bit. Although I don’t actually have a memory of it. Someone has just told me about the memory about when I was little. Singing while my dad played guitar. Since I was like three.
Maveen Kaura: It’s been very impactful. Your parents had a role in you pursuing a music career, would you say?
Deanne Matley: I think it allowed me to discover that I love music. I naturally gravitated to choir on my own. My parents were not telling me to go do these things. I just found them on my own which is really exciting.
Maveen Kaura: I know when we all grow up we typically enjoy different music. We enjoy different genres of music. Is there somebody who inspired you when you were younger from the past. Maybe there is somebody who inspires you today that’s not necessarily from the past?
Deanne Matley: I’ve always listened to music. It is always on. If I’m at home music is on. In the car music is on. As far as its inspiration goes, right now I’m listening to Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder inspires me. I’m listening to Oasis. I’m getting into Imagine Dragons and it’s having their music inspire me to write, to create.
Maveen Kaura: I know you take tunes of theirs and make really cool arrangements of them. You do make it your own personal style when you listen to it. You’ve made it your own. You’ve got to put your own fine-tuning to it. You’ve found a way to make it you and not you Stevie Wonder or Oasis or whoever.
Deanne Matley:I’m never going to be a tribute band. Those are cool and they serve a purpose but when I did the Stevie Wonder show they were all original arrangements of Stevie Tunes and the actually really loved them because they were different and unique. I just puts a new spin to them. Somebody said to me after the concert that he discovered a new love for Stevie Wonder after seeing the show right.
Maveen Kaura: So you can really change people’s perspectives of what they used to like versus what they like now.
Deanne Matley: Exactly, they like over listened you know back then. I mean a lot of the tunes from 70s. So they were over listened and then you bring it back with a new fresh kind of vibe to it.
Maveen Kaura: Especially with the different crowds that come to the shows there a lot of people have not experienced Stevie Wonder’s music. A lot of people who are younger going out to these shows now have a chance to listen to Stevie Wonder. Now they’re able to enjoy that music from different perspectives.
Deanne Matley: It’s fun for me as a performer to create that inspiration for people to rediscover their passion for certain artists or I when I get those kind of feedback it makes me feel good.
Maveen Kaura: What would you different from some of the other musicians that are out there, kind of doing what you’re doing?
Deanne Matley: The beautiful thing about being an artist in any kind of field is that we’re all unique. We all have our unique gifts our unique takes. So I don’t really know about the question about what am I doing differently because I think as a big community we’re all doing something for the greater good and that’s for the love of music. For me my focus is just making sure that I’m being unique and authentic and showing up in my performance and showing up in my music and making sure that I’m continually being inspired. Because sometimes the inspiration can kind of go to the waste side a little bit. Then it stops being fun for me.My goal always is to always be inspired to create because creating is what I love doing the most. Creating and preforming. Click To Tweet
Maveen Kaura: When you’re creating, what inspires you to continually create something that’s different than what’s already being done?
Deanne Matley: I think it’s like for example when I did the Stevie Wonder concept. I was inspired because I saw a 70 piece Orchestra do some Stevie Wonder stuff when I was in France and then I went, “oh wow” and it instantly inspired me to create 10 new tunes into the pad. I was like I had a show so it’s like I’m going to do the show. I have this amount of time to get ready and prepped for it. John and I, we had a lot of fun like working on the arrangements and we would just be sitting there and all of a sudden like, “yes this is this is how this feel needs to go” and then all of a sudden I’m like. “Yeah.” This is great right this is the fun part.
Maveen Kaura: No, I think you’re just being generally yourself. That’s kind of the idea of this interview. Let people really know who you are and your personality. You know we all talk in tangents sometimes, so it’s kind of a nice thing.
To get back us back on track, Can you tell me about some of your most memorable experiences as a musician? Maybe one or two experiences that you can tell the listening audience. What made that so memorable for you and why it connected to you so well.
Deanne Matley: Most recently I was just in France doing a music festival. I was asked to sing and so there I am up on this stage in front of a whole bunch of French people and English people from all over the world. One of the beautiful things was that I could communicate in both languages which I really loved.
There’s this wonderful woman who was from the State of Georgia. She came up and she said, “your voice just transcended right into my soul. ” She had tears in her eyes. She was like you have no idea how that made me feel and how you sang that.
I was just a little bit overwhelmed with her response. Sometimes I get up on stage and I do my thing and sometimes I walk off and say, “ah that could have been better.” But when I received that feedback from someone, it reminds me of why I get and do this.
So that just recently happened.
I think one of the best parts is when I studied at Berkeley for a summer. That transcended me in so many ways because I was surrounded by so many amazing mentors and fellow musicians and friends. My love tank was so full and I was completely my authentic self. I came home like I was on a pink cloud and that was when I meet my mentors and he inspired me to record my very first album.
That is an experience that really helped me work as a musician.
Maveen Kaura: I think the two things that are similar in the story is you are able to one make an emotional connection to somebody else with your music but in the same way the music was actually making an emotional connection with yourself. I think that’s is what people enjoy about music. The emotional connection that it can make to one another.
Deanne Matley: I think that’s what music does for people. I know for me whatever I’m going through a breakup or I need to get pumped up or I just want to have really good energy, I put music on. I feel better. It feeds my soul.
I think one of the things that’s my gift as a musician is that heart connection. There’s something about me transcending and reaches hearts. I don’t get up on stage and think, “okay I’m going to do this today. I’m going to reach my charts.”
I just show up and do my thing because I’ve no control of what happens in the audience. That is what keeps me doing what I do.
Maveen Kaura: So I understand, as well as the person listening right now or watching this video, you’re able to connect to people and you don’t necessarily know who you’re going to connect to. When people come up to you and tell you, that just continues. The reason you continue is because you now understand that the best thing to do. You can keep connecting, you can keep changing people’s lives and not necessarily is everybody going to come tell you but you know those people are out there. Through your music you’re doing it.
Deanne Matley: Well a perfect example, I was doing a game last week and his couple came and they were listening to our music. Before they came to see me do a live gig, the gentleman was telling me how much he loved my tuned, Stealin’ Blue.
That’s my very first tune, I wrote like five years ago, and he sat there and told me how he cried.
I was surprised because I don’t know about other artists but I can only speak for myself. I sometimes write music for me and I forget that just because maybe I’m like yeah that was like one of my first songs and you know it’s not so great or whatever. I was just so blown away. I was like Stealin’ Blue? And he’s like Yeah!
“The words, I’m listening to the words and I just started crying.”
“I was like thank you for telling me because I forgot about that song”
Maveen Kaura: It’s interesting when people tell you. You kind of start remembering again why you had a reason of writing down those words down. It connected with you and there’s obviously other people out there that are going to connect to your words.
Deanne Matley: I know for sure but his next album the tunes that I wrote people are going to connect.
Maveen Kaura: That worked into perfect transition for where I wanted to go next. I know you’re working on your next album, Because I Loved. During the summer you had an opportunity to do a little crowdfunding. Lots of people watching this video knew a little bit about what you did.
Could you tell us a little bit about how that campaign went and how you felt while you’re doing that campaign?
Because it’s nice to know a lot of people can be successful when they have the campaign, some people are not successful and that’s okay as well, but no one really ever gets to find out about some of the ups and downs. Some of the challenges that people go through when they have those type of campaign. I’d love to hear a little bit about what you went through you know during that campaign some of the emotions you had of some of the things that you went through.
Deanne Matley: Frankly, it was so it was such an uncomfortable thing to do. Putting myself out there and asking for money. It’s not easy to do. It’s not and you know that the reality is that it’s a very common thing nowadays, so people understand what crowdfunding is.
When I did a crowdfunding campaign, 5 years ago for my first album, the concept was still kind of new. People were still really like what’s going on. But now it’s more like a kind expected thing .
For me, yes I’m a performer and I love being on stage and on and off stage I love connecting with people. But then to like to force myself to make videos and send emails once a week.
I don’t want to piss anybody off. All this stuff came up for me as a challenge because I care. What happen was is I realize that there are people out there that want to support what I do because they also knew that they’re also supporting me in my music and my bigger vision and helping with my grant, which helps young musicians.
It’s kind of like two-fold but also allowing people to support me is really big because there are people out there that who want to. I’m really getting that people believe in me. I really had to allow myself to take it in.
It’s like when I get compliments. I’ve had to learn to just say, Thank you, as apposed to, “well know and you know it’s okay.”
I’ve had to start to learn to do and allow it to come in and just and having gratitude. With the campaign, I loved that when people donated they’re getting also something in return. Not only where they supporting me and knowing that they get to be a apart of the bigger picture of this project but they’re also get my full discography. They’re get a personal poem and they get all these things. That made me feel really good about that.
Maveen Kaura: It’s kind of nice to see that people are willing to support you. Because not only when they support you, you support others in return.
Support is going down the line and other people are also being supported and not just the artists themselves but people who are listening to the music. Also the different musicians that have to be a part of the process. These peoples visions are also being supported by your vision of making this album and through their generous donations towards the campaign.
Deanne Matley: Yeah that’s a good point. I actually never really thought about it but by supporting me they’re supporting other musicians around the album because then I can attain them. This is supporting and contributing to their livelihood as full-time musicians. They’re supporting another engineer.
You’re right. It’s economy. It’s supporting not just me it’s supporting other artists. It’s a full circle and I thank you for that because I didn’t even think about it in that sense.
It’s going to support my designer when he does the CD. My sister who’s going to do the photography. It’s supporting a bunch of entrepreneurs.
Maveen Kaura: That’s right and it supports the other person. You have somebody that’s going to be playing guitar on your album. Now somebody hears your album and hears this person playing guitar.
“I really like the way this person plays. Maybe I need them for my own album.”
You never know where those opportunities can go for other people all because someone was willing to support your campaign and crowdfunding. It’s an interesting way things can lead into other things.
Deanne Matley: I forget that when we do these things were as artists and musicians we’re supporting each other doing what we love and put on this earth to do and yes money is a part of the equation.
Maveen Kaura: Now after you had done the crowdfunding, and that was definitely successful and amazing. You want to thank everybody who donated.
Now you’ve gone to Montreal to record the album. Can you tell us a little bit about your experience in Montreal as well as what some of the next steps are, now that are coming album is recorded?
Deanne Matley: Well my time in Montreal was a dream come true. I wrote a vision back in January for the album and it was completely showed up. I felt so supported by my fellow musicians. I so loved. I was taken care of. I was able to show up authentically and really sing the shit out of the lyrics.
I was in such a comfortable place that I felt that I can do this and really get grounded. I laughed and I cried. Thinking about it, it was an incredible experience. I’m so grateful for all my guys again in Montreal. To the friends that I made at the studio and the connections and just the hanging out. Just incredible.
Maveen Kaura: I can’t just be about just being in a studio whole time it is about those connections and relationships outside the studio.
Deanne Matley: Even one day just having a day off and being able to just go over my friend’s house and sit by the pool and you play with her little three or four old daughter, this was a huge part of the healing as well.
I needed that day. I had so much going up till that day. I’d lost my grandfather just before I went to Montreal. It’s been go-go-go, busy-busy-busy, getting on the plane and then for that one day when I sat by the pool and did nothing it was like, “ holy crap like I needed this day.”
I couldn’t stop telling my girlfriend how much gratitude.
She made me pancakes what or happy pancakes and we just did nothing. That really helped me continue on the with the process because the next day I went in and recorded the vocals.
Maveen Kaura: Yes you need to recharge yourself because you need to have the right energy to go into the booth and record and put that type of emotion into the word of what you’re saying.
So if you’re not healed inside, like you’re saying, you’re not able to make those emotional connections with people through your music.
Deanne Matley: I think it’s kind of more of like a grounding because I wanted to still be able to access all my emotions. I want to be able to tap into my grief. Tap into lots of different things but it was it about coming from a place where it wasn’t going to take me out so I could still channel all those feelings and feeling it in my body but still put out the most beautiful and authentic performance.
Maveen Kaura: So we’ve had some conversations over the last few months and I know some of the things that you’re up to and some of the things that you’ve done in the community and stuff.
Could you tell us again some of the things that you’ve done the community, some of the things that you are doing, some of the things that you’re planning to do in the future based on your vision and the album coming out?
Deanne Matley: Community for me right now is the Listening Room. I started the Listening Room in 2016.
I get all these little “aha moments” but a girlfriend of mine, who is going to be an artist on the dedicated to you series, she said to me, “Deanne, thank you so much for supporting me in this. I realized as I was chatting with my mom and she was like Deanne has needed a lot of support. This is paying it forward, giving back.”
This is why I do, this, I’m giving back to the community, the musical community and giving back because I love my fellow artists and it’s creating that space for them to show up and be their authentic selves.
Maveen Kaura: I know you live pretty close to studio Bell which is a music area where you are. I know you used to hang out at the King Eddie back in the day and you know that was a very musical place and someone had to make that platform for you.
Now you’ve kind of gone out there and found a way to make your own platform for other artists to come in and develop their skills.
Maybe for a while the King Eddie was not the place for people to go, but I think it’s starting to come back up again.
Deanne Matley: The vocal jazz jam that that I host is really good for supporting young artists as well and giving a place to practice. When I started out singing there wasn’t a lot of places for me.
I don’t a company myself. I don’t play guitar or ukulele. I rely on somebody else to play and so this gives a place for people to show up and sing with the pro band and practice their skills. It’s important because it’s good for the soul.
I love it because people are courageous and get up on stage and even though in front of a very supportive audience and that means the world to me. Because anybody that can sit there and critique or be critical of someone else, it’s like well, “you get up there.”
For me it’s a great place for people to practice being courageous.
Maveen Kaura: I think there’s a quote and pretty sure I’m going to get it wrong but it pretty much goes something along the lines as, “Those who say they can’t do, should not get in the way of those who are.”
It’s kind of a sentiment to what you’re saying.
Deanne Matley: For me, I can only speak from my experience but every timing up on that stage, I’m completely vulnerable. You know I did the Stevie Wonder concert, I had brand-new arrangements and there were things that went well and there were things that did not work out. I even stopped a song and said we are going to try that again.
My little brain is like, “oh you’re screwing up.” and I’m like, “no you got to stop the Monkey’s.”
And I’m a coach and I coach my clients and I say, “if you start a song and it doesn’t start off well it’s okay to stop.” I had to practice what I preach.
On that Stevie Wonder show I felt very vulnerable because I had brand-new material and I got up there and I was nervous and I was like, “just go.”
I invited the audience to be a part of this brand new experience. So they got to be a part of the debut arrangements which now we’ll get to sit and play with. I’m playing other gigs now and tweaking and it’s great.
Maveen Kaura: It’s exciting and it just gets better.
Deanne Matley: In fact one of my quote is,“I think I get nervous before every performance because they care.” Click To Tweet
Maveen Kaura: I know a couple of things about you too you. You mentioned you have a grant as well. You teach other students to vocal training.
What would you give for advice to somebody who is an up-and-coming artist who wants to make it in this industry? Is there any advice that you would give to somebody based on all the experience that you have had and all the different ups and downs that you’ve gone through.
I’m not talking about false ego. I’m talking about you know grounding inside and being able to they say, “you got to have a thick skin to be in this business.”
I think it’s about having that power with. It not about having a thick skin. I find sometimes if I was to pretend that I have this thick skin then, A) I’m not being real.
That’s not who I am because I’m a heart person. My heart gets broken easily. I’m a sensitive person. But because I’ve been able to really work on that deeper inner root stuff, I find out I just attract better things in general.
That would be my main thing. Working on that power within and creating a healthy self-esteem. It’s not about being better than someone. I want to be able to show up and be authentic as I can because that’s who my audience is going to connect with.
Maveen Kaura: I love it because it’s you really challenging yourself every day and your biggest competitor is yourself. You can’t compete with anybody else.
Deanne Matley: I don’t want to really be in competition with myself but when you said give out advice, that’s right is that is that real true grounding. It took me a long time and I’m still working on it every day involving that part of who I am.
I’m very grateful because I have lots of amazing support around that. Get that get that stuff taken care.
One of my tapes is I’m not good enough. For me it’s that the stuff I have to recognize in myself, because when I’m in that place are low self-esteem and that’s when my I’m not good enough come up or what am I not doing. How come so much someone else is doing that.
It’s really about recognizing that as well and being able to also support my journey and the journey of others.
Maveen Kaura: I think that’s wonderful and it’s true because if you don’t work on yourself you’ll never be able to get out of yourself.
Deanne Matley: Well that’s the thing, so I want to be able to support my journey of course and it starts with me but supporting others, if we all come as a community supporting each other our language is the way easier.
Maveen Kaura: That’s kind of the idea of the listening room as well, show support for each other through community.
Deanne Matley: Yes, because we’re all getting up on stage and we’re all doing the same thing. We’re just doing it differently.
Maveen Kaura: And you are doing what’s authentic to you.
Deanne Matley: Everyone has their different taken things and so it’s not about comparison, it’s about appreciation.
You know going into these performances and watching other artists and really just grabbing on to you what they’re doing so beautifully.
Maveen Kaura: I really like what you’re saying because it’s easy to go to any show and really like you said, it is saying to say that person’s their voice is not that great or their stage presence was not wonderful and you know they kind of messed up. They tripped up their words.
It’s really understanding, and taking a step outside of yourself and putting yourself in the other person’s shoes and having the ability to say, “you know what ,that person probably practice that song 10 times, 100 times, 1,000 hours. You know and they’re still getting over certain things.
It’s really trying to appreciate from their vantage point or their viewpoint on how they have progressed themselves because maybe they’ve gone through so much abuse in their life and they’ve pushed themselves to go on stage to get out outside of those boundaries that they’ve created for themselves.
We need to really see it and not judge the person for what they are. It so easy to say a person’s voice is no good. That person can’t sing. It so easy to become the judge versus saying that person is really trying.
Deanne Matley: Do you know why that’s happening more and more? It’s because of the television. The constant TV shows where every person is getting up there, being, vulnerable, courageous and being judged.
I can’t say I’ve never been critical because that wouldn’t be honest. I’m just shifting it so I can appreciate something about every artist that I see. Let’s talk about what they did awesome because that’s what we learned from.
Maveen Kaura: You get better and better at what you did well at and your mistakes will get fixed.
Deanne Matley: Yes and when you are watching somebody else preform, my context is “what can I learn from them.” “What did they do that was so brilliant that I am inspired and shifting that context.” If I’m coming from a place well they’re constantly like this or constantly that, then I’m clearly not at a place of self-esteem.
Maveen Kaura: When you’re watching a performance you are watching from different eye. You are watching it to learn something. You’re enjoying the context of what you’re seeing on stage but you’re also saying, “how can I take that and make it my own.” like you did with the Stevie Wonder show.
You mentioned you saw it in France while you’re out there and was like I really like this and how can I make this my own.
Deanne Matley: I was inspired and then there was a little critical part of me. The two singers were French and had an accent. I had a little chuckles because I speak English.
I kind of had a little bit of a critical moment about that and I was sharing that with my French piece and they’re like, “well we don’t know any different.”
There I was still having a little critical moment even though I walked away completely inspired by that concert. I never claimed to be perfect and I don’t ever have any criticisms but it’s about awareness.
I was aware and I’m not going to beat myself up about it and actually talking about it but it did come up, so then I was like I should be held accountable for it. I think like my intention is always to show up and appreciate.
Maveen Kaura: That’s the beauty right , no one really is.
I kind of I want to go to the next, one thing I know is we’ve talked for a little bit and you’ve now done, Because I Loved, and now it’s time to move forward in that process.
We were chatting you have kind of an idea of where you want to go. Would you share what your plan is for the next 12 months to 24 months, as for yourself. With the album and the touring?
Could you talk about other stuff that we haven’t talked about?
Deanne Matley: The album is going to be a spring release. I’m trying to work out dates, and then I’m starting to craft a European summer tour and then continuing to share that album around the world.
I don’t really know what that looks like today. At the same time I also have other little projects that are going on as well. I’ll be getting back to the studio in Calgary probably the end of this month, November(2017).
I’ll be recording a some specific stuff, not for the album but more for singles. That for me is exciting because when I recorded this album back in July, Because I Loved, It’s going to almost be close to a year before it is released because it’s been such a process.
I ask, “what do I do in between that still fulfills my heart in with creativity because like I said earlier, being creative is what I love about being a musician.”
I’ve got some things coming down the pipe. It’s about doing the work now though, to get prepped. It’s a lot of work, it’s great, it’s fun work, it’s exciting and I’m really excited for this album.
Maveen Kaura: In the song that you’re doing on the album, there are going to be an original song?
Deanne Matley: Yeah but I’m not going to give away too much but there will be a few original tune.
Maveen Kaura: Excellent. That’s the nice part to. People know you for singing other people’s music but not necessarily for your own stuff. Now you’re definitely venturing out there and starting to put your own music together. I know you’ve done that in the past but now your doing a little bit more of that because you’ve found different ways to want to connect to people.
Deanne Matley: Life experience has given me material to write about. Like I said earlier I wrote quite a few tunes for this new album and I also wrote lyrics for a friend of mines music.
I was able to share from my own personal life experience. The ones that we’re going to go into the studio. There is one tune specifically that’s very personal.
Maveen Kaura: I know one of the tunes, if I’m correct, it is hopefully going to change the wedding industry?
Deanne Matley: That one is going to pull on some heart strings!
Maveen Kaura: In your own words, who would you say Deanne Matley is?
Deanne Matley: I’m a heart connector. I have really strong core values and I love people. I love connection.
Maveen Kaura: I think it shows. Everything you’ve said really shows through who you are. Through what you say and not just what you say but what you’ve done throughout the community and all the different people you’ve connected with. It shows why your campaign was successful because you live up to all the things that you say you are, because that’s what people know you for being.
Deanne Matley: Appreciate that. Sometimes I need to be reminded.I love deeply and I've had I've had a pretty harsh heartbreak but because of heartbreak I realized how deeply I do love. Click To Tweet
That’s important to me. I did a blog post about. I’d rather have a few scars on my heart but know that I actually showed up and looked deep.
It’s reality and everybody can relate to heartbreak. I actually didn’t know I could relate to heartbreak until I experienced it. That’s when I was like that what this is all about. I realized that I was avoiding her break my whole life because of how painful it was. I made decisions in my life avoiding heartbreak.
Maveen Kaura: Interesting you say that. I remember going through some experience back in the day and I wanted to read a book just to see how I can get over that experience as well.
I never even finished the book. I read the first paragraph and I didn’t need to read anymore because what it said in essence, “if you knew the pain you would have felt today you would not know all the experience you just had you would have gone through.”
Most people don’t want to go through that pain and don’t want to go for that experience so they kind of shut themselves out of all the wonders that life can provide.
Deanne Matley: In the music community, for me it’s like little heartbreaks. My two months being away I had little heartbreaks but they’re not devastating like my main big one that I recently had.
I felt alive knowing that I had my heart was breaking a little bit every once in a while. I’m starting to finally really show up.
Maveen Kaura: It’s when your heart repairs that you get stronger. Obviously you’ve gotten that strength as well. It’s all said in the title of the album, Because I Loved .
Because you loved you have to go through a bunch of stuff and because you came out the other side a lot stronger.
Deanne Matley: I’m still working through that side. You know grief is grief. I thought I could be done in a year right.
Maveen Kaura: That’s a good thing to know right. You don’t need to have a timeline, it doesn’t have to be a set amount of time. It doesn’t have to be 365 days. It’s however long it takes you and certain things will take you a lot longer and even if you find that you’re over it today, five years from now something will remind you or connect you to a past memory.
What is something you’d like to leave the listening audience with that we haven’t covered about yourself? What is it that you would like to tell and maybe their final words.
Deanne Matley: I have a lot of gratitude for all of you that are watching this. Gratitude for all people that have supported me through so much especially in the last year. I just did a recent meditation and it was about the best time of my life is now. In this moment and in every moment.
I’m excited, this journey has been beautiful and it continues every day.
Maveen Kaura: It’s interesting you say that. The Dalai Lama was asked once, “what was your most inspiring moment? What’s that moment that you can go back to and say this really changed my life.”
He looked at the guy and after a second said, “this moment right here is the most inspiring moment.”
He’s saying it that for that reason because he was in the present and he’s not living in the past. He’s not living in the future. He’s living with the person that he’s sitting next and say, “I’m going to enjoy this moment.”
Deanne Matley: It’s a recent new find. Being present in the moment and sometimes it still can be challenging. For me courageously living the life I love. Every moment no matter what’s going on. Small world problems.
Maveen Kaura: I want to thank everybody again for spending 45 minutes, if you got through the whole interview. Thank you for doing that. It’s really is a way to know Deanne. What she is doing in the community, what she’s about. Who she is and some of the things that she’s going be doing.
Definitely a great reason to stay tuned and continue to watch what she is doing. There are some new things coming down the pipeline. There is some new music coming. There’s an album coming, there’s some new projects coming.
Her Christmas album is on YouTube, right now. There’s a lot of good stuff that people can enjoy of yours. They can purchase a lot of your music as well.
Definitely any way people can support you that’s awesome. Your music is available on your website, deannematley.com.
Definitely go take a look at that and with that we’ll finish this interview.
Again thank you to everybody.
Deanne Matley: Thank you, we’ll see you guys. Thank you.
Questions to Deanne Matley
I had the opportunity to ask her 12 questions where she gave her candid answer to each question.
- What is your first memory and experience in music?
- Who in music, a few people from the past and maybe a few current artists, would you say have be an influence on you?
- Tell me what makes you different from other musicians?
- Where do you find inspiration for your music? What genres of music do you listen to, to find inspiration?
- Can you tell me about 2 of your most memorable experiences as a musician?
- Can you tell me a little about your crowdfunding campaign that you did over the summer?
- Now that you have recorded your album in Montreal, what are your next steps to creating a successful album?
- Would you tell me about a few different projects you are working on currently?
- What advice would you give to someone who is just getting started in music?
- What are your plans for your career over the next 5 years?
- Who would you say Deanne Matley is in our own words?
- What is something you would like to tell listener/reader that you have not already mentioned?
Follow Deanne Matley
Want to know more about Deanne Matley? Follow her on her various social media profiles.
You can also purchase music from her website.
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Don’t forget to check out the interview with myself and Deanne Matley.