Born in Ontario, Canada, Matthew Janik was exposed to music at a very young age. Matthew’s father played piano and classical guitar throughout his upbringing. Matthew’s grandfather on his mother’s side was always playing big band and jazz music, and also did an uncanny impersonation of Louis Armstrong. During cottage trips to Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Matthew was consistently exposed to his father’s guitar playing, and groups like Pink Floyd, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, and Peter Gabriel, to name a few. Matthew’s love for his parents’ favourite music, and exposure to his father’s talents, lead him to begin learning the guitar at age 12. Matthew excelled at teaching himself various styles of guitar playing, from blues, jazz, rock, and metal.
After playing in rock and metal groups in high school, Matthew began experimenting with softer styles, such as post-rock (akin to Sigur Ros), and acoustic singer/songwriter. Matthew began writing emotive acoustic songs, and released an album titled “Suddenly Stranded,” similar in sound to Dallas Green.
Through university, Matthew began experimenting with various kinds of electronic music ranging from digital film scoring to chipmusic. Matthew’s experimentation with chipmusic has included live performances under the name Jansaw, merging his skills as a guitar player with his ability to create digital compositions using out-dated, low-resolution technologies (i.e. Nintendo Gameboy, NES, Sega Genesis, etc.).
Matthew aims to utilize the entirety of his musical skill to create rich auditory environments for his listeners. Mixing elements of songwriting, film score, blues, rock, metal, jazz, chipmusic, and other digital musics, Matthew continues to embrace musical variation for the sake of experimenting with new and interesting styles, while growing as a creative individual.
After winning the music award in high school, Matthew began studying music at the University of Guelph, Ontario. Matthew continued to grow as a music student by researching music history, and building discipline through his classical guitar studies. Matthew performed in classical guitar duets, became a published author in Guelph University’s musicology journal, ran musicology writing workshops for undergraduate students, and became both an editor and journal manager of Guelph University’s musicology journal. Matthew also held positions on Guelph University’s Music Students’ Association, where he helped plan creative music symposiums and ran several student events.
After graduating with honours, Matthew continued his love for music by completing his teacher training at the University of Western’s Althouse Faculty of Education. Matthew then worked as a Before and After School Teacher through the Montessori School of Wellington, Guelph, Ontario for one year. Currently, Matthew works at the Waterloo Region District School Board as an Occasional Teacher, teaching in high schools in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, Baden, and Elmira.