Today we’ve got two that’s right count them two From Artist to Artist podcasts for you since you’re probably sitting inside somewhere trying to stay out of the sun with your feet in a bucket of cold water and wondering what to do with yourself (35 degrees as I write…).
Well look no further. We present: Stefanie Martens of duo Wolf & Moon’s weekly podcasts From Artist to Artist, where, you guessed it, a different successful indie artist is interviewed by our Stefanie each week, with indieRepublik as not only steadfast but also wildly enthusiastic media partner.
This weekend we have a bit of catching up to do which is why we are happy to present you with with issues #002 (here) and #003 (see article) simultaneously.
Number 2 of the fledgling indie music industry B2B podcast sees Stefanie Martens talking to Matt Holubwoski
Matt Holubowski’s career has really taken off since the 2014 release of Old Man, a collection of folk songs inspired by his many trips and experiences around the world. The watershed moment would be the release of Solitudes, two years later, on the Audiogram label. Produced by Connor Seidel, just as the previous and upcoming ones, the album introduced him to a wide audience who discovered his mercurial voice and captivating songs. Matt earned a Gold record for Solitudes as well as two nominations at the 39th ADISQ Gala, for Album of the year and Concert of the year–Anglophone categories. The Solitudes tour that followed the album’s release had him criss-crossing Canada, the United States and Europe, to perform nearly 200 concerts.
Matt earned a Gold record for Solitudes as well as two nominations at the 39th ADISQ Gala, for Album of the year and Concert of the year
In the Spring of 2018, he signed with the German label Motor Musik and the French label Yokanta, distributing Solitudes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Belgium. Soon after, he participated in the Printemps de Bourges, toured as the support act for American artist Ben Folds in more than a dozen cities across Europe, and performed in London’s Meltdown Festival at the invitation of Robert Smith, singer of The Cure.
Robert Smith, Cure singer, invites Matt to perform at London’s Meltdown festival
After returning to North America, Matt appeared at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, at the Festival d’été de Québec (where he earned its prix Espoir), at the Regina, Ottawa and Winnipeg folk festivals, and at Osheaga Festival in Montreal. Following a series of concerts in the eastern United States in 2018, Matt crosses the Atlantic once more as the opening act for Swiss artist Sophie Hunger on a number of European cities, before returning to close the Solitudes tour in Montreal at the Corona Theater.
Touring together with Sophie Hunger and Ben Folds Five
Early in 2019, Matt opened for singer-songwriter Dan Magnan in eastern Canada, a last waltz before retreating to the woods for two months in Banff, Alberta, to devote himself to writing the songs for his next album, which is set to be released in 2020. Slowly moving away from folk, he explores new sounds and fleshes out his songs’ arrangements in collaboration with his musicians, guitarist Simon Angell, bassist Marc-André Landry, drummer Stéphane Bergeron and cellist and keyboardist Marianne Houle.
In July, Matt momentarily paused his retreat to present the closing event of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, a memorable evening for both the artist and his audience. The following day, La Presse writes: “Holubowski touched us with grace, sincerity and sensitivity. He also has a charisma which cannot be glossed over, it was so captivating”.
+++ Check out From Artist to Artist Podcast #03 featuring Daniel Benyamin! +++
Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.