For my Eminent interview this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mathew V, the singer and performer originally from Vancouver! Mathew answered all of my questions with genuine intent to help me out, and he was able to provide me with an insight to performance arts I would not have had access to otherwise. He helped me to better understand how it feels for a singer onstage during actual performances, which will be extremely useful for me while I present my speech onstage. Mathew and I also discussed the pressures and duties of influential people to have a certain kind of social impact, when I discovered he actually has a similar view on the matter to that of Rihanna. He believes that although he doesn’t ever want to have a negative impact on others, he still has to live his life and be his genuine self. From our conversation, I will be able to more accurately represent a performer onstage, as well as understand some of what it means to be a performance artist! I am feeling a lot more confident in my representation of Rihanna onstage and in conversation in my learning centre afterwards! I am really grateful for the opportunity to chat with Mathew and in turn, back up my project with more knowledge and authenticity. Below is a synthesis of our conversation, highlighting some points that I think will be most impactful to my eminent performance!
How does it feel for you when you perform, to get on stage and give pieces of yourself to the audience?
- For me, performances are always super exciting
- For anyone who has chosen the career and has the opportunity to be on stage it’s what they’ve always wanted to do so to actually be able to do that
- A bit nervous for big performances
- So much work has gone into it and i’ve performed so many times, I think it’s more of a powerful, confident feeling
Has that feeling shifted or changed for you over time?
- Used to get super super nervous,
- Worried about what people would think
- Feeling more confidence, knowing how to work the audience
Why is performing an important part of your music?
- It’s a chance to actually interact and connect with the audience
- All be in the same room, listening to the same music
- When a song is released, you don’t know how people are reacting, how they like it, how it impacts them
- Opportunity to be more human
If you could expand to also be involved in another field of specialty, (visual arts, entrepreneurialism, etc) what would you want to do?
- When I was growing up, business was the backup plan
- Didn’t give myself the opportunity to have a backup plan
- There’s entrepreneurialism in my work already
- I like to make sure that I have a firm grasp on the inner workings
Do you have a favourite part of your work?
- Whatever part i’m doing in the moment
- Nothing matches the excitement of finishing a recording session and feeling like I’ve just written a hit song
- Favourite favourite- performing for a really responsive crowd
Who do you think you are most grateful for in terms of the support they have provided for you in becoming a singer?
- My parents have been unbelievably supportive of me
- Wouldn’t have the opportunities to do what i’ve done without them
- Allowing me to have flexibility in pursuing my dreams
Have you ever found it challenging to be a performance artist but also a genuine representation of yourself?
- Luckily for me, my label has been really supportive of the music that I make
- Some songs I write are super vulnerable, so it’s difficult to reveal those parts although they tend to connect way better
- It can be tricky to open up like that but I think it’s important to face that fear
Do you feel that you have a duty as an artist to have a certain kind of social impact?
- As of recently, It’s hard not to feel an obligation when people open up to you about their own lives and their struggles,
- I don’t want to do anything on my end to influence anyone in a negative way but I also need to live my life
- Hard balance
- Regardless of what you do, someone is going to have something to say about it
- Trust yourself and do what you think is right
Are there any other artists that have inspired you in pursuing performing arts?
- Growing up i listened to Shania Twain and Celine Dion
- I owe my love for pop melody to them
- Social artist I wanted to be like- Lady Gaga
- I went to her concert and she was up there fighting for gay rights
- I didn’t know that there were people out there fighting for that on such a large scale to accept people like me
- That helped me realize who I was, and helped me to come out
- She helped me through one of the biggest aspect of my life to date
- For someone who i’ve never met to have that big of an impact on me was definitely super powerful
- Showed me the influence that singers have the potential to have
Do you think it was important for your development to have role models?
- We are always influenced by people who have paved the way for us
- I find inspiration every day
- I listen to my favourite artists and what they have to say, and what they’re standing up for
- In this political climate, it’s important to hear what they have to say and to constantly be inspired by other people