Sineuendo: One man’s journey into sound and discovery
Matthew Myers, an electronic musician from Bridge City, remembers two things from growing up during the 1980s in Bridge City: playing on the Nintendo Entertainment Systems (the original) and renting videos at Mann’s.
“The latter was particularly influential to my music’s subject matter,” Myers said. “I loved the smell of the video store, akin to the smell of a library…a smell that tuned your senses into your environment, creating an olfactory catalyst for discovery.”
There was always something that was new and exciting he had never seen before as he would venture into the horror/sci-fi section.
“I fell in love with the whole mystery of renting these odd movies and falling in love with directors like Stanley Kubrick and Ed Wood,” he said. “My parents were pretty cool and would let me rent whatever I wanted to.”
Myers enjoyed picking up a strange, tattered VHS case, flipping it around and would check out the few stills with a synopsis or tag line on the back.
“That feeling is gone with today’s soulless, red kiosks in uncomfortable and awkward locations,” he said. “There’s no time to fall in love with the art or story. This ‘virtual gallery’ creates a rushed ‘good’ or ‘bad’ decisive process in our brains that causes our opinion to be over before it began.”
Myers got into music when he was 16. He and some high school friends started a band and play at a few parties and talent shows.
“We had fun doing that,” he said. “I got married when I was 19 years old (to Anna) and had a son (Page). He’s awesome, but it kind of put a lull on the music thing. I wasn’t one of those guys that wanted to leave his family a lot. So, I stayed home. It became a lot of practice sessions and jam sessions until it just fizzled out. The desire was still there to do music.”
When Hurricane Ike hit Southeast Texas, Myers lost $25,000 worth of music equipment. All he was left with was an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar that didn’t work.
“With all that gone, I got really depressed and thought about not doing music at all anymore because I was at a creative lull anyway,” Myers said. “Afterwards, I realized that, in this day and age, you can take a computer and download a studio and download instruments. You don’t need anyone else but yourself. You don’t even need someone to put the music out there for you.”
Myers currently uses a site called bandcamp.com, which helps artists sell their music and helps fans discover new music.
So, what is this one man band calling himself? Sinuendo.
“I thought of it when I was 15,” he said. “It’s just one of those things that just pops in your head. I thought it was a cool mix between innuendo and sin.”
Later on in life, he found out that it was also the title of a Rye Cooter album called ‘Mambo Sinuendo.’
“There is no connection; I never knew that album existed,” Myers said. “Since then, I’ve listened to the album and enjoy it. It’s kind of a Latin, electronic mix of cool sounds. Even the track ‘Mambo Sinuendo’ has become kind of a theme song to me. I wish I could talk to Rye Cooter because I don’t know where Sinuendo came from. I don’t know if it’s from a song that he heard before or just popped into his head. I never called myself that until it was just me. “
Again, horror and sci-fi films inspire Myers to compose his particular music.
“Some movies that frighten one person might exhilarate another,” he said. “Horror movies aren’t for everyone. It’s the same thing with music. Just because it might not be very palatable to the general public, doesn’t mean it should be dismissed all together.”
On the same note, Myers feels that mainstream music stations don’t even scratch the surface of “cool and interesting music.”
“Every now and then you might end up with a track worthy of a few shuffles, but 99.9 percent of the time, it’s nothing but boring garbage with a beat,” he said. “I think more folks are getting hip to the fact that it doesn’t take much effort on the internet to discover something unique that you or your friends have never heard before. More and more people are looking for something different, something out of character.”
Myers also feels that, while the churches in the community are doing great things for the community, they seem to stifle some of the secular creativity in the world.
“Artist might be reluctant to showcase their work because it might be taken the wrong way,” Myers said. “I guess that’s way I’ve never performed any of this recent work live. It’s certainly not music for the bar scene, or even coffee shop ambience.”
Myers composes all of his music in his free time. He works at DuPont in the evenings and, while working all evening sounds like it would drain someone of all energy and creativity, Myers sets aside time everyday to hone his art.
“Time is so precious these days, it seems like an absolute honor for even a miniscule portion of one of my tracks to be a part of anyone’s daily routine,” he said. “It’s important to create for yourself, not because you are trying to evoke an audience. Persistence, will power and dedication to your craft will bring listeners and critics, even if it scares away most of them.”
For more information on Myer’s music, please contact him at Sinuendo.email@example.com or follow him at Facebook.com/sinuendo.