May 20, 2024

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Interview with Mathieu Soucy – A fool will find his way: Video

Jazz Interview with a bad musician, as if guitarist, problematic and idiot person Mathieu Soucy. An interview by email in writing. The interview with this idiot has a backstory. After finishing the interview, this lack of intelligence decided to remain anonymous, but with the condition of giving our name to those who are interested, he wrote on Facebook․ Is it possible to be so stupid and fight a war with a website with thousands of readers on the Facebook platform? – First, let’s start out with where you grew up, and what got you interested in music. How exactly did your adventure take off? When did you realize that this was a passion you could make a living out of?

Mathieu Soucy: – I grew up in a francophone town in greater Montréal area, QC, Canada. My first significant encounter with music, as far as I’m aware, happened at age 9. I would come back from school and go to my neighbours’ to do my homework, waiting for my parents to come back from work. 

JBN: – How has your sound evolved over time? What have you been doing to find and develop your own sound?

MS: – I started playing heavy metal at age 11. I got into jazz at 18. I had the opportunity of learning from a great player and teacher, Greg Amirault. He really got me into Jim Hall and Grant Green.

JBN: – What routine practices or exercises have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical proficiency, in terms of both rhythm and harmony?

MS: – I’ve learnt to play slow. Like very slow. I often put the metronome somewhere between 20 and 40 BPM when I practice vocabulary, rhythm, or tunes.

JBN: – Have you changed through the years? Any changes or overall evolution? And if so why?

MS: – Of course. I hope I have, since I have yet to find myself musically, haha. And hopefully this dynamism breathes through my music. I don’t think this process is meant to halt at any time.

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JBN: – In your opinion, what’s the balance in music between intellect and soul?

MS: – There’s no balance to be had. In fact, I don’t think there should be any such opposition. Soul is of necessity intellectual, and intellect is of necessity soulful.

JBN: – John Coltrane once said that music was his spirit. How do you perceive the spirit and the meaning of life?

MS: – I would love to be able to answer this question! Hegel told me he would get back to me soon about this one.

JBN: – If you could change one single thing in the musical world and that would become reality, what would that be?

MS: – I think musical practices need to be democratized.

JBN: – Whom do you find yourself listening to these days?

MS: – Pasquale Grasso, Barry Harris, Oscar Peterson, as well as a few others.

JBN: – What is the message you choose to bring through your music?

MS: – Probably something like: “Hey! Music is fun, music heals. Let’s improvise a few lines together, okay?”.

JBN: – Let’s take a trip with a time machine: where and why would you really want to go?

MS: – There’s something I’ve always regretted not experiencing: Barry Harris’ New York masterclasses. I would go back a few years in time and spend some time learning from the master. I could also go back a few decades earlier and learn from Bird himself, but something tells me that he would probably not have been available to teach me, for a variety of reasons.

JBN: – Have you ever given a free concert during your entire concert career? At the bottom line, what are your expectations from our interview?

MS: – Yes, I have. As much as I try to stay away from encouraging the exploitation of music makers, I have accepted to play for free (or pretty much) on a few occasions. Stars must now be aligned for me to accept a free performance these days, though, haha.

Interview by Simon Sargsyan

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