Matteo, who uses the stage name Bedroom Days, released his first album last month, It’s Gone; You’re Gone. The lyrics catch the artist’s paradoxical experiences of leaving an old life behind to return back to his love of making music. His story truly is a homecoming.
Matteo is a twenty-five year old artist from Los Angeles. Self described “introvert” and “thinker,” the singer’s primary focus is on expressing himself through lyrics.
Matteo’s long relationship with music has gone through many twists and turns. He has spent almost all of his childhood playing guitar and singing, or playing in various bands. He started songwriting at only eleven years old. The writers first song was “probably something really loud and fast” in his cousins’ punk rock band. He was hooked. As Matteo grew older, his style evolved and so did his perspective on music. Burdened by “having to feed that need to create,” Matteo began to feel like “music was the only thing [he] could do.”
Like the snap of a string pulled too tight, the unexpected happened. He quit. There are only so many cups of ramen that one can accept, when the pressures from others to “live a normal life” are caving in. Craving a new way to define his identity, Matteo decided to regroup and “start a new life” with his then girlfriend. He wanted the “apartment, dog and weekend camping.”
At twenty-one years old Matteo sold all of his treasured music equipment in the name of normalcy and started a successful business. He continued to push things from his life that once made him happy. The next four years were spent “on a schedule” and in a state of depression almost one hundred percent of the time. “I had to get this done. I had to get that done.”
“I was not a person I like without music,” Matteo explains. As he struggled to find a way to ease the depression, his long-term relationship unraveled and was coming to an end. “Nothing was working.” As Matteo reached for comfort and familiarity he found his fingers on the strings of a guitar. Piece by piece, the artist recreated his collection of music equipment.
Matteo was filled with song. Making up for lost time, Matteo almost all of the songs in his album, It’s Gone; You’re Gone in only one summer. Music became his therapy. His heart poured out. Each song is a glimpse of Matteo’s transition out of the life and relationship he had for the previous four years, into the unknown.
“The album [It’s Gone; You’re Gone] is about grieving that [old] life,” explains Matteo. The first song of the album is called ‘Magnolia’ and was written last. Aside from Magnolia, the songs were written in the exact order they appear on the album, bringing the listener through that walk away from the singer’s old life. You can here the melancholy, the pain, the hope.
Matteo sings “about reminiscence.” He yells out in ‘Brawley, Ca.,’ in desperation and grief. “I didn’t think about [the yelling out] consciously at the time [that the song was written].” The artist’s song, ‘I Won’t Wait for You’, is about hope when “everything will [have to eventually] be okay because [things] aren’t okay [the way] they are.” Matteo’s expressions are natural and authentic. He let’s the music take flow and “just happen,” even when his music supersedes traditional song structure, as it does in the song ‘Lively’.
The most raw of songs in It’s Gone; You’re Gone is ‘Magnolia.’ When a loved one passed away tragically, Matteo wrote the first verse in the midst of sudden grief. After attending the wake ceremony, he wrote the chorus. Two days after the funeral, Matteo sat down to complete his songwriting and record ‘Magnolia’. ‘Magnolia’ is a powerful song, in which you can feel the shock and tragedy in the artist’s voice. And with his words, Matteo expresses love and adoration.
It’s Gone; Your Gone is a vulnerable and transparent reflection of the artist’s experiences.
It isn’t a “choice to be a musician” for the singer, who writes music almost daily. With guitar in hand or a piano at his fingertips, Matteo hums “until it feels right” with some idea of the song’s concept in mind. He has “more to write than [he] can get into a four-minute song,” so he let’s lyrics flow from his pen until he has enough to work with. Instead of decidedly writing each stanza of lyrics (such as the third verse) the songwriter usually writes as many verses and choruses as he is inspired to write. When he has released all that he needs to write, he can choose the best parts to piece together and create the song.
Matteo introduces his originals to his lifelong friend, recording artist and producer, Cody Christian. Layer by layer, they design the sound of the recording. Matteo is recorded on voice and usually guitar and piano. They bring in friends to play the various parts. In addition to the vocals, guitar and piano, It’s Gone; You’re Gone features contributing musicians on bass, drums, organ, pedal steel, auxiliary percussions and more.
For Matteo, creating music is “all about the message,” self-expression and “making people happy.”
Matteo plans to perform music from his album, It’s Gone; You’re Gone and release an E.P. of four brand new songs “by January.” The singer-songwriter “won’t say much” about what we’ll find on the E.P. Matteo doesn’t “care for genres” and plans to release in an entirely different style.