Who am I?
Hi, I'm Matt Thorns and I am a music production Master's Student at The University of York, England. I have been a professional singer since the age of 7 and also play a variety of instruments.
From the age of 7, music has been my life's passion, as this is when I became an Oxford New College choir boy,
singing every day and touring
8 weeks a year in America
Since the age
to countries like Venezuela
and South East Asia
where I have enjoyed multiple aspects of their culture
. Last summer I traveled around parts of Cambodia and Vietnam
where I was exposed to a rich spiritual and musical culture. I motorbiked across these countries and felt compelled to make a music video with the footage
'From the age of 16 I have composed, recorded and produced my own music.'
Whilst at York I formed a band - Orange international
. We have played for almost 2 years
across a variety of York music venues. Our music style is constantly evolving
with each new project. In March 2014 we released an EP
as part of my undergraduate dissertation and our now releasing our second this April 2015.
As a band, we have a variety of influences. Our members are from Mexico, Guatemala and Malaysia (as well as the UK). This cultural 'melting pot' provides a wealth of inspiration from which to create music. We are constantly experimenting with new forms of music from Latin, Gamelan, Orchestral to the more conventional Rock and Funk. This allows us to create music with a unique blend of sounds. To this day we still find it difficult to pin-point our style (its sort of heavy, funk, latin, rock.) I am always trying to involve as many musicians as possible in our recordings and performances. I feel the band grows with each musician we encounter as they bring new ideas that often inspire us to compose in different ways.
"Music truly is the universal language" - Herbie Hancock.
At the age of 22, I am an aspiring
young musician studying the art of music production
. This new avenue
of musical creativity has taught me to take my compositions, solidify them from raw recordings,
and turn them into products
suitable for release to the general public. This insight
into the music industry
has inspired me to take on my biggest challenge yet:
To travel to another country, become inspired by the musical culture, and pioneer something altogether unheard of before.
'I’ve always wanted the chance to go to another country and explore the depth of their musical culture.'
Now that I am a master's student
I feel like I have the ability
to take on this musical exploration
. Furthermore, being at a top University, with access
to music studios
and musicians, I feel as though I have the tools and opportunity
to turn this dream into something tangible: Taking my study of Colombian ethnomusicology
and turning it into a record!
'This is a hugely ambitious project which can not be attained alone.'
I decided to turn this album into a crowd funded project because I want other people to share in its success. I need your money to raise £2,500 in order to work with charities, produce the album onto CD and conduct research in Colombia. Money is needed for video/recording equipment, insurance, travel costs, production, postproduction, distribution, release etc.
HOW TO HELP ME SUCCEED?
- Your donations are what will make this album possible - any amount will help!
- Your donations will go directly into teaching, planning and funding of an album that promotes Colombian music!
- You, the donors, will receive rewards or donate anonymously.
- Its a chance to make something we can all be proud to be a part of.
- As a reward to each donor I will make a pledge based on the amount you donate. (see pledges)
- This will range from a personal thank you on social media sites, to a copy of the extended album, to access to my personal research information, to a copy of my music diary film, to special mentions on the album's credits and many more.
- All donators will be credited as being part of the support for the album. Thank you in advance!
Even though I ask for your money, I would like to thank you for reading through this crowdfunded page. It means a great deal to me that I can share the word on the most exciting project I have ever created!
I’ve chosen to focus
as it has one of the most rich and varied music cultures
in South America. Ranging from Salsa
to urban Hiphop
and many other genres. Traveling to Colombia to do my research will give me a varied musical portfolio of field recordings,
which I can then transform into music in the UK. The opportunity to work with EAFIT University in Medellin
and teach children, musicians and producers the music skills that I have learnt as part of my study, will be a hugely rewarding process. I will go with my own musical ideas, to show local musicians, in order to gain their interpretations and stylistic influence, hoping to enhance the songs I have already written. I aim to perform this music with musicians in Colombia in order to gain their insight and opinion. This will be an excellent way for me to edit, re-write and critique music for the album whilst in Colombia.
Caring for Colombia is a New York-based charity
committed to improving the quality of life for Colombia's poorest
. In cities such as Cartagena and Cali they have set up a network of schools
that specialise in supplying music to students who wouldn't normally have access. I will help teach
within these schools teaching my own knowledge of music to children.
'What most excites me about this project is the opportunity to work with musicians of all backgrounds and feel completely focused on their music...'
Working in another country will immerse me in a music making environment where I can be completely focused on learning and research. I cannot wait to work with passionate Colombian musicians and learn about the way they write music. I’ve always loved the way music brings people together to create something that feels bigger than themselves.
I am not the first musician to travel to Colombia for inspiration. Other British musicians have been inspired by the sounds of Latin America. For example British producer Quantic (Will Holland) travelled to Colombia in 2007 and loved the culture so much he created his own recording studio (Sonido del Valle) in Colombia. He now travels between America and Colombia producing and DJing.
Your help, networking and donations can turn this dream into a reality.
Ultimately I aim to bring back the sounds and music of Colombia for donators, fans and listeners in the UK. I hope that I will have the knowledge, research and field recordings to be able to develop a unique album of latin fusion music inspired by my visit to Colombia this June/July. Furthermore I hope to have earned my place within the community and feel I have done justice to a country with such a rich music history.
PLEASE before you leave, would you be so kind as to pass on or share this page & web-link with anybody you know!
Whether you can help me directly or if you just love music I would be eternally grateful. You never know who will be willing to help this project, even if you are currently not able. :)
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