You may have been asked this before and answered it, and if so I'm terribly sorry, but do you know what song is referenced in Rob Gordon when Soupy talks about dying alone? I really hope you answer, I'm racking my brain trying to figure it out. Thanks.
I’m not positive but the whole song is about the movie High Fidelity. Watch it. It’s great.
Any clips or pictures from the GK Holiday Festival in Poughkeepsie? Probably best show I've been to, hands down.
I don’t have any pictures or videos from that show. I wish I did. If anyone out there has them send me a link. That was a lot of fun. I had a lot of technical difficulties so that bummed me out a bit but overall a very enjoyable show.
just wanted to say that your photos on flickr rule, you're lucky you've had the opportunities to shoot in different countries! Awesome job! :) oh, and Merry Christmas Matt!
Thank you. I really enjoy taking photos. I’ve been really bust lately so I haven’t been posting much but I’m sure there will be more up sometime in January. I have been very lucky. I never thought that I’d ever get to see half the places that I’ve been. Merry (belated) Christmas to you as well.
It was awesome meeting/talking to you at the union transfer and then the gk tour. I felt bad that I missed your set in ny, but it seriously was amazing meeting you and the rest of the guys. Your band inspires me daily, so keep up the good work, and ill see you in early April, chewy will see you there.
It was nice talking to you as well. I’m sure I’ll see you soon. Maybe at the Major League show on the 7th? Thanks for the kind words.
Do you live in Fairless?? We should hang out! I met you in Dallas after PPND. And we talked about your swellers t shirt haha raaad
I do not live in Fairless Hills. I live a pretty decent car journey away. Good luck out there. I assume you are recording with Vince Ratti. Have fun in PA. It is much colder than Texas right now. If you’ve never seen snow I hope that you see it.
What's your tip to a brazilian wanting to work with music on USA? (work, I mean, touring, playing, like you on Wonder Years).
I’m going to be real with you. I don’t want to crush your dreams or anything but the music industry is pretty brutal and it is a tough and over-saturated market. If you are going into it because you are passionate about music and just want to be around music all of the time then that is great! If you are doing it to earn a buck then you are out of luck. There is no money in music unless you are in the pop music industry.
hey Matt, I just wanted to thank you for being such an awesome guy when I saw your show at Union Transfer. you threw me like 3 guitar picks that I missed and then you ended up dropping one in my hand. that, and the entire set you played was amazing. I love seeing you guys playing larger sets with some old and new songs. Hopefully I'll see you guys touring again in 2012.
No problem. They are small and hard to see. I understand. It was a really fun night. I hope we get to play more shows at that venue. See ya in 2012.
You have a Les Paul Studio, correct? How much would you recommend it? How's the sound for it? I was thinking about getting one, but I want to make sure it's absolutely what I want before I spend that much money!
I do have a Les Paul Studio. I like it though the toggle switch for the pickups is in a very annoying place and I bump it a lot. The only reason I got mine is because I bought it used and got a good deal on it. I like it but it’s not my favorite guitar. The pickups in mine sound ok but are a little bit thin compare to the Gibson 57 classic pickups that I put in my Fender Jaguar. I hope that helps you out. Everyone has their own tastes. You may like what I hate. Just play one at a store for a while and see if it feels good to you.
I read somewhere you're a fan of Anti-Flag, you gotta favourite album?
They’re a solid band. There are song’s off all of their records that I really like. I’m not as politically driven as they are so some of the songs that are a bit much for me lyrically but I really back what they do and what they stand for. They are definitely a band with a message and they know how to get it across. I met a few of the guys briefly at Warped Tour in Pittsburgh and they were extremely nice. Hopefully we get to play with them at some point.
If I had to pick 1 record, Mobilize has my favorite collection of songs.
You were a drummer when you were in The Premier, right? What made you switch?
I’ve played drums in almost ever band that I’ve ever been in. We started The Wonder Years as a complete joke and it was everyone in the band’s side projects. We all had different bands at the time. The Wonder Years was was never intended to last or tour or put our full-length records. It was just going to be a fun little thing that we did on an occasional weekend here or there.
I’m glad that things are going amazing and I couldn’t be more ecstatic but we never thought in a million years that we would ever do anything as a band.
So in short, I didn’t think I’d be playing guitar on a professional level. I still suck for the record. haha.
Hey! I wrote my college admissions essay on soupy/the wonder years, and I was wondering: how do you guys feel about those things? Because I would kill for soupy to read it, but I heard you guys get weirded out about those things.
I think it’s pretty cool and flattering but I don’t know how he would feel about it because I’m not him (-; That would be something that you would have to ask him since I can’t speak for him. Hit him up on twitter or something.
Where can I download your christmas song? It sounds freakin amazing dude! And I also have a question for you. I'm having a bit of a problem. Me and my band are having trouble writing originals (mainly me). I wondering how you go about writing your music. Usually when I listen to any music from the bands that we're on PPND! tour, I get inspired, but quickly get stumped! Please Matt! How do you do it?!
I believe that it’s on iTunes. It’s on a compilation called No Sleep Till Christmas. I also have a solo song on there. Check it out.
Sometime ya go through writers block and whatnot. It’s normal (though it sucks). We write every song differently. It could be as easy as a drum part, a guitar riff or a lyrical melody that gets us off to a start writing a song. We have written the past 2 records all together which can be very awesome or very annoying. Having 6 song writers is great because we don’t really get stumped too often on ideas because we all have creative minds in different ways and styles. There is usually at least one person who has an idea to get us out of a dead end road. Sometimes the best thing to do is take a break from a song and come back to a few days later as well. Having 6 song writers can also be a conflict though because everyone has different ideas and interpretations about how the songs should sound which can create some tension. I don’t know if that answered your question but I hope that it helped.
When I write solo stuff I find that writing music in different way helps. For example, maybe write a song with the bass guitar and drums first and then fill in the gaps with guitar. Trying coming up with a vocal melody and writing the guitars and bass accordingly. Think of a cool drum part and write around that. etc…
Writing on different mediums helps as well. Maybe trying recording a demo and then changing parts on different instruments to tighten up parts that don’t fit as well.
Try tabbing your song.
Write by yourself.
Write with one other person.
Write with the whole band together.
Just start trying to think outside of the box to open your mind up to new possibilities and things that you didn’t think of before.
Hey man, too bad you didn't come out right after your set or the Defeater one at the show in Belgium today. I'd have loved to have shown you guys my "I'm not sad anymore" tattoo. I was the dude in glasses standing in the front row shouting out every line of every song you played, by the way. See you next time!
I was out after the set. I was hanging out back by the sound booth for most of Yellowcard’s set. Thanks for coming out and supporting. That was a rad tour. See you next time. Hopefully it won’t be long from now.
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