Over the past handful of years, Matt and Kim have done a fabulous job of evolving their music and their latest album proves just that. Expectations can be a tricky thing, but for Matt and Kim they try not to set expectations and focus more on simply being happy with what life has given them.
For a duo that has been making music for a while now, you might think that because they have been through the ringer multiple times that expectations begin to set in, but as Matt Johnson told atombash.com, he always thought it would be the two of them touring out of their mini-van. “We always feel pretty happy and lucky with what we have.”
The most recent tour for Matt and Kim proved to be their most successful tour yet, and he did acknowledge that at times, that sort of success can be a bit intimidating. Their last tour goes to show how popular the two have become and that fans are there to support them, even as they push the limits of what a Matt and Kim song can be.
“Almost every single show sold out, but I remember feeling pressure because I saw some tweets from people that said ‘I’m coming back for my seventh time. I’m coming back for my ninth time.’ I remember someone said they had come 15 times before to see us and in that I feel a lot of pressure.
“I feel like I need to give a better show than all 15 times before that, which I remember feeling a little overwhelmed about. Then I remember people are enjoying themselves people Kim and I are on stage enjoying ourselves, so that helped me feel less pressure,” Matt said.
As music changes and the days pass by, it’s hard for any creative person not to want to explore new horizons and experiment with new material. This is where fan feedback is a very important part of said experimentation and Matt takes all of his fan’s thoughts to heart, the bad more than the good.
“I guess it’s like this for everyone but you could have a thousand pieces of ultra-positive feedback and the one negative you’re going to dwell on, and that’s very me. I don’t have very thick skin,” Matt said.
He feels strongly that no matter what he and Kim come up with, they should never be pigeonholed down to a style or type. As he told me, a Matt and Kim track should be whatever those two believe it should be. “It’s not just one thing, it’s not making one type of song over and over.”
Their most recent album New Glow carried a wide-range of sound, beats, instruments and melodies, all of which is something you’d expect to find in a Matt and Kim song. Matt talked about the fan reaction to their most recent record and how important their fans are to them.
“I was very thankful for the amount of positive feedback we got putting out new music. The people who like our music are such a big part of us and I never want to make them unhappy, yet we are trying to move things forward and keep things fresh and new,” Matt said.
There are a number of tracks from New Glow that make a person want to get weird and dance like a crazy-happy person, but if I had to pick just one that struck that particular cord the most, it would be “Stirred Up.” The blend that comes together to create this song is a personal favorite across the board.
“Sometimes we do make songs that are a bit too far to the left, and ‘Stirred Up’ was one of those. I thought, ‘hey do you think this could be a Matt and Kim song?’ And we said, ‘why not?’ One of the things I learned from that song is just the freedom I took with the vocal melody, which was a little more free form,” Matt said.
Inspiration can be a weird or unexpected thing as it can arrive from any thought, any sight or any experience. It’s hard to pinpoint when, where and how true inspiration is born, but we all know it when we see it.
Matt takes inspiration from his friends and peers who are also out trying to create and make exciting things happen. It’s the cool sh*t that he finds reason to work on making cool sh*t of his own.
“Something I always find inspiring is when people around me are doing cool sh*t, meaning writers, artists or photographers. If I see someone who has done something cool, I’m like ‘f*ck, I need to do something cool’ (laughs). So that’s always inspiring and the same goes for musicians as well. It’s great for me to have these things in my life,” Matt said.
In many different forms of media these days, collaborations or group efforts happen more than they used to. When creative people work together with other creative types, intriguing and brilliant things can happen. When Matt looks into the future, he crosses his fingers that the right collaboration will present itself to Matt and Kim.
“I have not done many collaborations before in my life and I hope to do more. It happens so much in the hip-hop, pop and EDM communities but it happens very rarely in the alternative community. I don’t have any names that immediately come to mind, but that’s something I’m very interested in doing in the future just to see what things come up,” Matt said.