We had the good fortune of connecting with Andris Mattson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andris, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
The bedrock habit for me lately has been prioritizing sleep. If i don’t get a good night’s rest, every other task I’ve set up for the day feels infinitely harder. Next I would say is meditation. Meditation helps with the usual crippling self-doubt that accompanies most artistic projects I’m involved in. Our minds are with us constantly, and once I understood that all those annoying thoughts in my head are just thoughts (they’re not based in any reality per se), I could push through and finish a lot of projects. Lastly I’d say, going on long morning walks. I’ll specifically walk with no podcast or tunes playing so that I can think about the tasks for the day and brainstorm creative ideas for songs.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’d say my art these days is a culmination of years of listening to a wide range of music from neo-soul to folk music. I’ve learned that there is no right or wrong way to make music, and the best way to start is to turn off that part of your brain that says “you’re not ready yet” and just jump in head first. Being “ready” is an illusion that prevents so many people from doing the things they want to do!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Anytime I spend most of my day outdoors away from technology is a HUGE win in my view. So with that in mind, I would take my friends camping for a few days at my favorite park- Yosemite! After doing all the epic waterfall hikes that place has to offer, we’d come back to LA and hit up the beach for a full day in the sun. We’d play frisbee, go swimming, play a few board games, and have a picnic catered by my favorite Thai spot in LA – HOPE cafe. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would be nothing without the support of my family and friends of course. The SADFAM (Song a Day for a Month) community has also been instrumental in me gaining the confidence to share my work with the world. And lastly, huge shout out to the Vipassana Mediation Center. Going on a 10 day meditation course there completely changed my outlook on what it means to live a good and meaningful life.