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Life & Work with MatKa

Today we’d like to introduce you to MatKa.

Hi MatKa, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
I started making and DJing music in 2011 in Buffalo NY with the help of a good friend and local musician JeffRepeater.

Throughout the course of the decade that followed, I not only was able to create my own signature sound but also sharpen my skills as a DJ by playing events alongside some incredible musicians.

Some of the highlights include DJing on a retired battleship, inside a 100-year-old grain silo, a haunted hotel, a dozen or so festivals, and as the main element in a couple of live bands.

I now reside in Savannah, Georgia, and have most recently been focused on building a base here.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There have been a lot of ups and downs throughout the years. I had a hard drive crash in 2014, that was pretty devastating. I lost about 30 finished tracks, but you live and you learn.

I’ve since backed up my back-ups. Other than technological woes, while every artist has some sort of struggle, mine has always been marketing.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Aside from creating music and DJing as MatKa, I currently run a local business called Lions Roar Entertainment that specializes in providing music for more professional settings, such as events held by businesses, weddings, and similar functions. It’s pretty much night and day depending on who you book.

MatKa is a high-energy, unpredictable, and always drops the heavy EDM. LRE is more family-friendly, with specially curated music for each event. I pride myself in working closely with my clients as Lions Roar, as well as making sure to get the crowd pumped as MatKa.

What makes you happy?
Music.

Music can set the mood, change it, or even kill it. I started this journey for the love of music, and while sometimes the road took me towards some dead ends, I was able to catch myself, trek backward, and correct my mistakes. Thinking about that makes me happy as much as all of the music does.

It’s the only thing that makes sense (even when it doesn’t).

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Image Credits
Brian Rendon (Coco Photography) and Nickle City Photography

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