While Matt Sucich has been writing songs and performing on-and-off for a long time, he somewhat recently had a realization that music was a career he wanted to dedicate himself fully to.
“A few years ago, I had that ‘you-know-it-when-you-find-it’ moment where certain things suddenly made sense and I just got busy,” he said.
The music of this singer/songwriter from Astoria is soothing, emotional folk rock, with his voice and acoustic guitar creating strong melodies with a delicate touch. Those two factors may be the first sounds that catch your attention, but his music includes touches of electric guitar and percussion.
Sucich has found that living in Astoria allows him to use his apartment as a recording studio and gives him a chance to connect to a lot of great experiences found in no other city.
“I haven’t had to travel very far to experience what some people leave everything behind for and that certainly has affected how I look at certain things,” he said.
That home studio gave him a place to put together his second full length album, “Layers,” which was released last year. In the time between this release and his first album, “Jubilation & Jealousy,” Sucich immersed himself in the City’s music scene, making friends that would wind up playing on “Layers.”
Although he puts the work in when he is at the studio, Sucich said he definitely prefers playing live, due to the different inflections he puts on each song. He also greatly enjoys getting a positive reaction from an attentive audience.
“When it’s just me and a guitar, the song has potential to go someplace new every time,” he said. “So far, most of my studio experience comes from being my own producer in my own environment, which is fun and detrimental at the same time. I’m happy to have done all that, but I’m looking to bigger and different things in the future”
One of those bigger things that he has already experienced was performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN.
Considered to be one of America’s “Big Four” music festivals, the show was a unique and unforgettable high of his career so far.
“It’s staggering how much good music is there for a weekend and to be counted among them was an honor,” Sucich said.
Sucich just wrapped up a West Coast tour and is set to play a few concerts in New York in the next couple of weeks. He will play an acoustic set at Pete’s Candy Store with Rocket & The Ghost on Nov. 30 and will perform at Rockwood Music Hall on Dec. 7.
He also just started a performance series called “Novelty Organ Sessions,” which features live arrangements of his songs, both new and old. For more information on that series, his shows and more, visit Sucich’s website at www.esmatteo.com.