I’ve never met Matt, but I really enjoyed how his intelligence and humor really shown through in his interview. I went to soundcloud.com to listen to his music, and he has some unique sounds worth checking out. My faves are LibertyLaserz and All I Need.
How did you get into doing your chosen art form/business/career, and how long have you been involved in it? While I’m sure a lot of it is rooted in neurology and environment in my earliest years, it all officially began with an attempt to embarrass my older brother. He was attempting to play drum rudiment for middle school band try outs and couldn’t quite get it. I took the opportunity to shame him and started playing the rudiment. The band director took noticed and made sure that upon entering middle school I would join the band. Later I bought a bass because drum kits are too expensive.
What inspires your creativity? Just about everything. I am fairly neurotic and tend to over think the most mundane things. So after a while, everything starts to have narratives and themes. Its rare that any occurrence doesn’t become a metaphor for about a dozen other ideas. The connections spread and like a raindrop, once it reaches a critical mass, things start to come out.
What challenges have you overcome? What motivates you to keep going? I get hungry a lot. I think that answers both questions. But seriously, I don’t think I’ve overcome anything. I’ve had hardship and sadness, but that’s just life. I haven’t overcome, I’ve just lived. Should I achieve immortality, maybe I’ll claim having overcome something. As for what motivates me to keep going? Well, how do you feel about boredom?
Who or what has been the greatest influence on your life /creative journey so far? I can’t pinpoint it down to one. I try and learn from everyone I meet. I really learned how to play music just by going out and watching local musicians and local bands. Currently I’m really in to trap music and its showing up in a lot of the things I’m messing with. I’m also particularly in to the music my friend Alejandro is making right now. So what I guess I’m trying to say, is that the greatest influence on my creativity has been Houston.
If you could be any food item, what would you be? I already am a food item and I am delicious.
What current project(s) are you working on, and when and where can we come see your latest project(s)? I used to be that guy who couldn’t say no to a project and I’ve burnt myself out that way. So I’ve gotten better at saying no. Right now, my primary focus is a band called Whit, which is led by Maddie Whitaker (who you interviewed not that long ago). I’m also working on a SciFi Country album called Space Marshall with my friend singer songwriter Frank Freeman. Then there’s a couple of other projects that are still in the works and others that I may be getting involved with. But that’s all too early to tell. Finally, whenever I’m home I’m probably working on writing my own music. You can check out Whit at www.facebook.com/saywhitnow and you can hear random ideas and half finished things on my soundcloud, www.soundcloud.com/popenqm.