Matt Johnson, singer/keyboardist for Matt & Kim (and a Vermont native), sits down with DJ Llu to kick Podcast Tour Dates Posted By 7D Staff on Tue, Sep 18, at PM Live Coverage of the Vermont Election. date: August 28, General election date: November 6, measures; Local measures. See also: United States Senate elections in Arizona, Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino are totally dating, but the indie-dance couple's chipper (He did on Election Night at Northrop Auditorium.).
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You're not going to be able to explain this! I don't know, we like things that feel…like [exposed] beams and chipped paint… We like the old personality of places rather than super-new, super-clean. It has to have a feeling of history or whatnot…. We're going to coin that. I don't think we can coin that because I think it exists.
Do you like to decorate with personal stuff or buy made art for the walls? We're definitely buying a lot more art now.
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In art school, we'd trade pieces, so we started building our collection that way. Now we're buying stuff. I'm really into buying stuff at galleries. He doesn't like to go to museums because he can't buy the stuff. Like, they show it to you but you can't buy it? What are you most looking forward to about the new place? Well, it's just so gross in the building we live in now. Tell her what I saw in the hallway M: Kim looked through the peephole one time and thought she saw someone pissing in the hallway.
But no, it wasn't that. It was two people having sex right outside of our [apartment] door. We were just about to leave and head out on tour and There's this drug dealer who goes up to our roof.
And I like to play detective and write down every time I see him going up to the roof. I don't know what I'm going to do with this information, but I like to keep it just in case…. And so all of a sudden, I heard someone in the stairwell and I was like, "He's there again! And I was like, "Ohhhhh, they're having sex in the hallway! As many things as you can catch from sex—especially from someone you might have sex with in a hallway—you can catch way worse things just from that hallway.
I just saw his ass. It's a sight I cannot get out of my mind. A sight you can't unsee. That is pretty gross…. You must be looking forward to having friends and family over to your nice, new place. Our families are very excited about this. Right now, we can't have anyone over because you can't move in the [small space].Kim Schifino dancing at Blink 182 Concert
So…parties at our new house! We go out every night on the road, so when we come home that's not what we want to do. The idea of being able to have people over and just hang out is really nice. Do you get to see your families a lot since they're up in New England? We're super-close to our families. If we play in Boston, there are 20 of my family members on the guest list. They come out in full force. And Matt's family too. He has a smaller family than me—not the big Italian family I have—but his parents always come out to our shows.
And his brother lives here [in New York], so we hang out with him. Do your parents dig your music? They're all so supportive. My dad really loves our music. So what do you guys do when you are at home? What's a normal night in like for you? There are a lot of television series that we're addicted to. It's nice to take a second to lie on the couch and not worry about things. We've been watching Friday Night Lights.
I'm on the edge of my seat after the last episode. I think we're almost at the one where they play the Panthers.
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We just watched the one where Riggins got kicked out the trailer because the mother thought he was with the daughter. Riggins gets it hard—everyone always assumes the worst of him. But he's good-looking; he'll always bounce back. Yeah, Taylor Kitsch is pretty hot. Isn't he in that superhero movie, the Green Lantern movie?
No, that's Ryan Reynolds. Kim loves Ryan Reynolds. She once took a picture of the screen—some scene in something where he shows his abs. Then she showed it to me and was like, "Matt, I need you to get to work. It's just one of those things He's good-looking and he's funny. It's the funny thing that I like. That seals the deal. That's why I'm with you—you make me laugh. All right, that was a little too cutesy.
Stricken from the record! What else do you watch on TV?
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We've always been fans of, like, I don't know, home shit. It just pissed me off so I had to shut it off. All the feedback was positive. Maybe, at that point, [for] the people who are so concerned about what was the newest coolest thing—we were not that anymore.
We were too aboveground anyway. I don't remember any hate coming off that. For a younger artist, who's maybe a bit wary of syncs or is maybe open to the idea but doesn't know what to do, what advice do you have?
It does have to fit in your brand. We've never done fast food or tobacco. There's a couple things we don't mess with. So, I think you have to look at your brand and where it makes sense. Sorry to use the term brand too many times here.
My outlook is—speaking of having the lowest ticket price—even now we still try to keep our ticket prices affordable. We try to keep merch prices affordable. If you can kind of balance that out with income from other places, I think that's really doing your fans a service, rather than having to only make all your money from their pocket. I don't think fans should get mad about bands doing [commercial syncs].
Exposure can be so helpful. Again, I'm so thankful to all the brands who've taken chances on us. You've always just been the two of you. What's it been like working with one other person that you also live with, and spend all this time around? How do you guys manage to not kill each other?
On paper, the amount of time we spend together—we should have murdered each other many years ago. But, this is an answer I've tried to give before, but I think it comes down to the two people. My thing that I might almost tell bands is that rather than finding people who are really good at their instruments and you get in the band because of that, find the people you want to spend all your time with and have them learn how to play their instruments.
Because me and Kim, we were interested in each other enough to start dating, and then we saw eye-to-eye creatively even before we made music.
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What advice do you have for how you can date your bandmate without the whole thing imploding? I think it is easier when it's two people. Financial aspects have never come in to debase the band. Instead, Ben Allen, who had previously produced albums for Gnarls Barkley and Animal Collectivewas one of the co-producers. When comparing the budget for the "Cameras" video against the one for "Lessons Learned," Johnson noted, "We spent 10 times as much money to make this happen.
The duo released their fourth studio album, Lightningon the Fader Label in October They premiered the lead single from the album, "Get It," with an accompanying lyric video in January The band toured extensively upon the release of New Glow, commencing with a U. More US and Canadian festivals followed throughout the summer. They returned to the UK for an arena tour supporting Fall Out Boy, including two nights at Wembley Arena and finished out the year in the US doing festivals, college shows and radio events.
The band performed at Coachella as a main stage highlight in April