Polish art rock band Maze of Sound released their debut album „Sunray” in 2014, and they are ready to bring its follow-up. Multi-instrumentalist Piotr Majewski talks about the band’s work.
Welcome! Piotr Majewski here. There were a few ideas for the name of our group, however we chose the name, which in our opinion turned out to be the best, because of the connection of maze and sound that we think reflects the character of our music.
Actually, music of Maze Of Sound is a connection of rock, progressive rock, artrock and pop as well as stylistic references to classical music as I am a classical musician and it has some influence on our music that I create as the whole. I also like film music very much and I had made some film tracks in a few film pictures before. However, I would like Maze Of Sound to use its own style and sound that is our plan for the future. We wouldn’t like to be put in the ‚progressive rock’ drawer only.
I often create new musical ideas at home and then, I bring them to our rehearsal room. After that, in the band, we decide if the ideas are good enough to work on them and if they are, then together with the vocalist, we create and think about the story and lyrics of the songs. From our point of view, this method of our creation process has been successful, so far.
Each member of our band has got his own favourite music regions. Despite the fact that they are pretty similar, everyone of us has got his favourite bands. As far as progressive rock is concerned, I personally admire such groups like Procol Harum and Genesis. However, I also fancy pop artists.
I must say that I am personally connected to all pieces from ‚Sunray’. Many of them were created during a specific, difficult and important period of my life. At the beginnng, they were only instrumental pieces that appeared on my debut demo album.
However, I also wrote these compositions thinking about the whole band and vocal. For example, ‚Mad Hatter’ is one of them. So, I think that all songs from ‚Sunray’ are my favourite, besides it is our debut album and it will always have a special place in our ‚maze’ hearts.
‚Sunray’ is a very personal album. Music and lyrics are emotional and they take listeners for a magical journey through many weird and sometimes dangerous places. ‚Sunray’ offers a lot of mood changes, however I think that we managed to avoid exaggerated bombast. We give listeners and fans free interpretation, so they can listen and feel it their own way.
First of all, in my opinion, our album includes well-composed music and interesting lyrics telling about many aspects and dilemmas concerning our existence and more surreal moments. Moreover, it can be a kind of platform from everyday life. Finally, it could be over 50 minutes of relax and entertainment.
Our main intention is to create good music that could help and entertain people; I mean our intentions are positive and we want to show different aspects of life, our spirit and body sphere and to think about it together. I would like everybody to find a part of himself in our music and lyrics, also to feel something unrealistic and strange and finally to move with us into Maze Of Sound reality.
Close contact with audience during live concerts, watching their reaction and commonly felt emotions floating over music and the show are kind of fulfillment of every artist. On the other hand, working in the studio is also great and exciting. Actually, concerts and studio cannot exist without each other, so I would say that they are equally important and exciting, maybe with a little advantage for tours.
I would take Procol Harum ‚Grand Hotel’, Genesis ‚Selling England by the pound’ and Ennio Morricone.