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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Mathew K

Matthew K

Mathew K has traveled from New York to Nashville to Denver and now to Philadelphia, making music along the way.

In December 2012, he released his debut self-titled EP available on Bandcamp. This month he released single “The Great American Hopeless” with a corresponding video.

The Spec interviewed Mathew K about his influences and plans for the future, read what he had to say below…

Tell us a little about yourself…
I was born in 1978 in Rochester, N.Y.. I grew up in a small mill town called Massena. I moved to NYC when I was 26 and from there, I have lived in Nashville, Tenn. and Denver, CO.. I came to Philadelphia last year to visit my cousin and never looked back. Philadelphia is by far my favorite city.

How long have you been making music?/How did you get involved in making music?
I’ve been making music ever since I was a little kid. I started singing around the time I was 4. I started with bands about the time I was in high school, mostly punk and hardcore groups. I started performing as Mathew K in 2004.

Who/what are your influences?
My influences come from just about anything. Sam Cooke was a HUGE inspiration to me. When I was growing up my mother listened to a lot of soul and r&b. I was also intrigued by traditional country, such as Webb Pierce, Ernest Tubb, Charlie Pride, Hank Williams, etc. On the other side, electronic music (trance, dubstep, house…) has a big involvement in my music.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Alongside Mathew K, I will be starting a side project called Misery & Gin” featuring Liza de Prophetis (violin) and myself. Liza also plays with me in Mathew K. She will be on the upcoming records. I will also be starting a dubstep group called Dead Horse Camp with Kevin Lin. It’s gonna be a busy summer, haha.

What inspires your music?
Everything inspires me. Late nights, hard mornings, and everything that follows. Love and living and dying.

Why do you make music?
I make music to connect with anyone who might be in the same situations as I was when I wrote them. It’s nice to know sometimes, that there is someone else out there that feels or has felt the same. A hope to give the hopeless.

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