Zandari Festa 2016 – Five Questions with Mateusz Franczak

The fifth annual Zandari Festa is taking place in Hongdae from September 30 –
October 3. To spotlight some of the event’s performers, Korea Gig Guide and our friends at Do Indie are teaming up to ask a bunch of acts five simple questions.

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For this installment, we’re talking with Polish multi-instrumentalist and improviser, Mateusz Franczak. Franczak has performed at festivals such as Jazz Fest Berlin, c/o pop Festival, Tzadik Festival Poznan, Narracje – Festival of Artistic Visual Installations, New Tradition – Polish Radio Folk Festival, Off Festival, and Open’er Festival. Now let’s get to his answers!

Why are you excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016?

I am really excited to be performing at Zandari Festa 2016, because it will be my first solo concert played at such a huge festival and so far from home. I’m sure it will be a great experience and musical adventure. Also I’ve never been to Korea before!

What can people expect from a Mateusz Franczak live show?

My live show is an intimate experience, performed, as it is, solo; just me and my listeners. I try to make my music feel familiar, comfortable, protective, while at once intoxicating and dangerous. I want my audience to share in a rare, intimate experience.

For fest-goers not familiar with you yet, what should they know about you?

I’ve been making music for more than half of my life. I started playing in punk rock bands, but I was inspired by so many genres, that after a few years I was recording not only punk, but also jazz, experimental and even rockabilly albums. I’m permanently associated with such bands as Daktari, HOW HOW and Giorgio Fazer. After many years of playing and gaining experience in different bands, I’ve decided to record my own solo album titled “long story short,” which was released on the independent imprint, Too Many Fireworks Records.

Aside from performing, what else would you like to do during Zandari Festa 2016?

I would like to see as many bands and musicians as possible. I’m really excited and eager to meet new people, learn something new and of course, learn about the Korean indie music scene. Who knows what will happen during Zandari Festa – maybe a new international music project?

If you can go drinking with another Zandari Festa act, who do you want it to be?

With all of them – one drink definitely won’t be enough.

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