THE MAPLE VERSE: Broad Concepts

Bartek Kosinski

The Maple Verse is a solo project by London-based songwriter Bartek Kosinski. The project’s full-length debut titled ‘Prove Me Wrong‘ is scheduled for the October 21st release, and it brings nine carefully crafted tunes that largely depend on the dynamics, making for a refreshing listen. In an interview for Prog Sphere, Bartek tells us about his vision, the album, and more.

Define the mission of The Maple Verse.

The Maple Verse is a project I created as a medium of sharing my music with the world. The main goal of this project is to not be tightly based in a certain genre or sound but create a broad enough concept that will let me explore different shades of my musical personality. “Prove Me Wrong” is already an album that spans quite a wide range of genres and influences but I plan to go much wider with the next Maple Verse releases and create my own musical universe with a deep diversity in the style and sound of different releases.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your upcoming album “Prove Me Wrong,” and the topics it explores.

I’ve been writing my own songs since the beginning of my musical dreams so this has definitely been a long time coming. Every song I write originates as a piano idea, usually with some chords in the left hand and a future vocal melody in the right. Some lyrics will naturally come to me at this stage, some I’ll still be finishing up on the day of the final vocal recordings. Most of the lyrics on the album are very personal. There is a fair share of love-themed songs which came together as a result of me processing what was happening in my life. I also sing about the mental struggles that come with trying to make it as an artist and about how the modern, fast-paced world is affecting us and the world around us. Ultimately, all of the struggles described in the lyrics come together in A Midnight Contemplation which is a great lyrical summary of the whole album.

The Maple Verse - Prove Me Wrong

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

I tend to save all the little ideas I have in the form of audio recordings on my phone. I have tons of voice notes with chord progressions, melodies, basslines etc. Usually though, as soon as the simple chord progression turns into a developing song most of the arrangement develops in my head. I’ll play the backbone of the composition on the piano often enough that I remember it very well. Meanwhile, with every time I play it, the concept of the whole song, drum beat, other instrumental parts and vocals grow in my imagination. Some of them then get recorded on the demo, some come to life later, when recording the final parts.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Yes, I’m proud of the fact how differently each song is paced and structured.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

I think my approach to the recording process was rather traditional. I didn’t want any MIDI programming so all of the instruments were recorded live, mostly taking advantage of my university studio which I had free access to. I also really wanted to have other musicians who would take my mock drum or guitar parts to the next level. Working on my own songs with other musicians for the first time, I had the pleasure to work with some amazing talents and you will definitely see some of the instrumentalists stay with The Maple Verse for longer. Having more musicians brought a more ‘band’ feel to the music as you can now hear different influences and inspirations that drive the playing styles of the musicians on the album.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

The whole idea of creating a solo album initially came to my head while reading a book about the work of Peter Gabriel. I was not only inspired by his music but also by the concept of being the brains behind an album but at the same time having other musicians contribute their talent to it. Because this lecture came too early in my musical development to be able to follow through with the idea, an artist that reinforced it later was Steven Wilson. Two of his albums played a crucial role in shaping my musical goals. Hand.Cannot.Erase showed that there is still new ground to be found in progressive rock and that this genre can still sound modern today. To The Bone, similarly to Peter Gabriel’s music, found a great balance between progressive and popular music giving us songs that are easily digestible to a common listener but are built on a more complex, ambitious foundation.

What is your view on technology in music?

I think it’s necessary to make creative use of the technology in today’s musical scene if one wants to create an original sound for themselves. That said, performers that are able to touch your soul just with their instrumental technique and emotion – without the help of technology – are still the ones I admire the most.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Not really. At least at the moment, I make my music for the art itself.

What are your plans for the future?

Putting a live act together seems to be the most daunting but necessary task at the moment. There is also plenty of promotional content to be released this year surrounding the release of “Prove Me Wrong”. I am already working on new music for another release that should be out next year. The Maple Verse has the highest priority in my musical life and “Prove Me Wrong” is only the beginning of a long journey so I strongly encourage to hop on board and follow the project from its early days.

Prove Me Wrong is out on October 21st; pre-order here. Follow The Maple Verse on Facebook and Instagram.

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