Daudi Matsiko Interview

Wired Noise speaks with innovative folk artist Daudi Matsiko to discuss his recently released double EP ‘A brief introduction to failure’. Along with the album we speak about Daudi’s inspirations for the double EP, live performances and the creative artwork used for his EP covers.

Daudi Matsiko is a folk artist who is combining several aspects from other genres to create a unique listening experience, his music is atmospheric with the use of light electronics, distant drums and cymbals, and of course angelic folk guitar. His latest release ‘A brief introduction to failure’ captures all of these attributes, it speaks softly about pain and the feelings of someone who has difficulties in life, Daudi delivers a rich emotional message throughout every song on the EP.

What was your first work as a solo artist?

A brief introduction to failure was my first EP, and I quite liked that title, it started as an idea which I then went on to write songs for. I took a break from playing guitar for a few years and got back into playing in around 2011, where I wrote a song called ‘Failure’ which wasn’t very good, and sort of just made the theme for the record. It kind of goes from misery to misery in a way.

The third song on the 8 track EP is ‘This Day’. What was your thinking behind this track?

I suppose in a way this is the only optimistic song I got. It’s kind of like a spiritual high, like that sentiment of that feeling like ‘I can do this, and I can change’.

The EP feels like you have been on a journey, was this the case?

Yeah, it was definitely a journey. It summarises the movement in mental health aswell. Like a different stage of mental health. The record is kind of a description of me losing my mind, and then getting it back… And then not quite getting it back. A lot of the songs are about my personal perspective. You talk a lot about mental health, what inspired you to write about these issues?

I had a breakdown, and had t rebuild after that, writing songs was my way through that. It’s weird I’ve always struggled with kind of narrative, that music cured me in some ones. It’s a really useful thing for getting your head straight. I was down and out for a while, then I felt better again, and then I was in a bad way. Music has always made feel less alone.

When did you start writing songs?

I started writing songs when I was 10/11. I always made up stories as a kid, proper weird stories. I enjoyed reading a lot, so just used all of that for ideas as a kid. I guess in my teenage life introspective music has always stood out to me.

When did you start playing folk?

Not that long ago, it was just trial and error really, and that’s how I ended up here. I grew up with all sorts of music, and really interesting heritage. I’ve always grew up with a strong appreciation of soul music, that’s kind of the strongest genre in my house hold and I guess folk come with the complex of guitar playing.

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