People I Know: Matthew Sikora

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Singer/songwriter Matthew Sikora is the man behind the voice of LittleZotz Podcasting‘s awesome theme song! Get to know him, how he got his start, and what’s next for his career in this e-mail interview.

Matthew Sikora
Matthew Sikora

How I Know Matthew

Matthew and I first met in the earliest days of elementary school. And, even then, he had a unique voice.

We remained friends throughout our younger school days, but,  when we went to different high schools, it was hard to keep in touch. Luckily, through the magic of Facebook, we reconnected years later and picked up where we left off. However, in the time that we’d been apart, something had happened: Matthew had become a musician! And a darn good one, too!

Matthew, along with the rest of SIKORA, has been creating amazing tunes for your listening enjoyment for the past few years. And when it came time to choose music for my podcast theme song, I knew it was Matthew’s SIKORA that I wanted.

If you haven’t heard the sassy rhythm of my theme song — taken from the group’s song “Haters” — then I suggest you go listen to it!

In the meantime, get to know Matthew Sikora and how he got his start as a freelance singer/songwriter.

My Interview with Matthew Sikora

What do you do?

I am a singer, songwriter, producer, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. I am also a dog and cat lover.

Matthew at work with his dog.
Matthew at work with his dog.

How did you start?

I started by playing violin when I was a child. I was quoted by my parents around that time as saying, “This was a mistake!”

I didn’t start to excel at music until I picked up the guitar in the late 90’s. The guitar became a map for me of possible composition and music theory. I was able to express things that I couldn’t explain or communicate through playing the guitar and songwriting. The guitar led to singing, and singing and playing guitar led to bands.

I joined my first band when I was in high school. After graduating, we were given the opportunity to record our songs and tour the world professionally.

The years that followed were the best “life experience” I could have asked for. Honing my craft, learning about people, different cultures, and the current of the world were all invaluable.

When the band started to run it’s course, I began a solo career as well as a songwriting career in music licensing. It was around this time that I start to learn about the process of recording music and met my partner in crime, Liz Forde. Liz and I built our own studio and started singing and writing together. I missed playing music with warm bodies so I abandoned my solo career for the creation of a fresh musical experience with new horizons to explore. Our band, SIKORA embellishes on vocal harmonies, electronic music, guitars, synths, with unconventional production techniques and instrumentation.

SIKORA is my adventure down the rabbit hole.

SIKORA's "Haters" EP Album Cover
SIKORA’s “Haters” EP Album Cover

What’s your favorite part of what you do?

My favorite part of what I do is creating a sound I’ve never heard before that surprises and moves me. I feel a natural high come on when this happens or we capture a compelling performance in our studio. I also enjoy when we complete new songs for a release and have the opportunity to share our music.

Matthew creating with Liz Forde.
Matthew creating with Liz Forde.

What advice do you have for someone looking into doing what you do?

My advice to all music makers is the minute you think you know it all is when you stop learning, getting better, and moving forward. There is no wrong way to make music, as long as it makes you smile at the end of the day.

Matthew and Liz, singing LIVE!
Matthew and Liz, singing LIVE!

What’s next for you?

I’m in my studio everyday working on new songs for our next release in the spring. We are setting up a tour and planning to expand our fan base. We are also producing and recording other artists this year as well as doing music production for apps, T.V, and film. We are always looks for talented artists to record and play shows with!

What's next for SIKORA?!
What’s next for SIKORA?!

LINKS for More MATTHEW SIKORA

Contact: SikoraOfficialBand@gmail.com

Website: http://www.sikoraband.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sikoraband

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sikoraband/sets/eye-kandi-ep

Itunes: Eye Kandi – EP

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sikoraband

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/sikoraband

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sikoraband

Images provided by Matthew Sikora.

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