SOEVER is the musical alias of West Australian singer-songwriter, Matt Funnéll. His debut self-titled album is an intimate account of the turbulent experiences of love, loss and life.
Entirely self-funded, self-orchestrated and self-released, the ten-track debut album is a rare, ‘no holds barred’ offering. He paints a captivating and contemplative picture for the listener, interestingly portraying evident feelings of anguish, anger, denial, dejection and a full palette of emotions, with the crushing honesty and depth one can only associate with heartbreak.
Matt Funnell is Soever. How did the name come about?
I guess, like any alias, it’s just something that I came up with. Soever basically means; to any extent. I feel the open-ended meaning interestingly portrays me and my music, conveys the depth of emotion and substance within my lyrics, and sums-up my perception of various life experiences and observations that have led to its realisation. Like music, or life, or anything, it’s completely open to interpretation. To any extent – make of it what you will.
How did this all begin for you? Tell me about your history and progression through previous collaborations with other artists/bands you been involved in?
That’s pretty deep… The short answer would be that this probably began before I had any idea what ‘this’ even is. I’m still not entirely sure. I think being involved with music and writing is just something I have been gradually working on since I was old enough to realise that it’s what makes the most sense to me in life. It feels natural, necessary and needed. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I don’t, but it’s always here – inescapably part of me.
I have been in several bands over the course of almost 15 years, but have only more recently began digging deeper and discovering my own strengths and weaknesses – both of which are prevalent in my songs.
What inspires you Matty? What’s your writing process?
Literally anything has the power to inspire me – be it positive, negative or indifferent. Emotion, experience, thought, observation, people, places, things… It’s all inspirational if the connection is there and willing to be explored. Personally I have found creativity to flow much more freely when there is the need for an outlet. For me, this is often the case with perceivably ‘negative’ emotions/feelings such as anger or sadness. Heartbreak is a bitch, but it is a powerful creative fuel. At the end of the day, when I’m really happy I’m not locked away by myself writing music.
What is your genre? What instruments do you play?
I’m not really sure. I have written the majority of my music to date on acoustic guitar, so that will have probably affected the perception of a genre/category. I suppose people will decide for themselves who/what I sound like. I’d like to think it’s relatively original. With regards to instruments, I dabble with whatever sounds I can. I played every instrument on the album apart from drums, but that was through necessity. I would probably consider myself more of a songwriter/lyricist than a musician, but I do enjoy making noise.
Where have you been lately and how has that influenced your style?
The last few years have been completely life-changing for a number of reasons, and I suppose any considerable change is likely to alter/influence my musical approach. Basically I have experienced extremes of location – having uprooted my life and moved to opposite ends of the world, and extremes of emotion – having gone through the highest highs and lowest lows in a relatively short period. I’m quite a different person to who I was a few years ago, and I’ve had to totally reassess my life a number of times. But this is now, and I’m getting on with things…
What can we expect from you in the near future?
I’m not sure, but I hope you can expect to hear a lot more interesting music. My goal is to just keep writing and recording music that I am proud of and that means something to me. If thatresonates with others, then I’m a happy man.
And last, can you leave us with one of your favourite lyrics?
‘God is a concept by which we measure our pain’ – John Lennon
This piece was published by Colosoul. You can read it here.
Photos: Jules Szokes