Matt: Myself and whoever can keep up at the time! I like to hire pro players, but unfortunately that means busy players. I have two or three people I can call upon at any position these days. I’m pretty much the only constant.
Matt: That question is one of my toughest to answer! I hop around between genres like crazy. The new album has Americana, Blues, Soul, Jazz, Country, Jam, and Rock all in pretty equal parts. If anyone can ever compress it into three words I’d love to hear it. The best I can do is Americana Jam Rock.
Matt: Wrapping up the recording of my album. It’s still being mixed at this point though. Also, I made a big move to stop taking as many “money gigs” and tried to focus more on pushing myself as a songwriter and an artist. That switch has really been huge for me.
Matt: Release this beast of an album I’m holding, hopefully tour more out of state, and really build my audience with better produced shows. Promote, promote, and promote some more.
Matt: www.mattfassas.com, I do the Facebook thing, and I’m catching onto the tweeters and whatnot. My last two albums are up on iTunes, Amazon, or wherever you get your music from online. I also have a show at Gottrocks for my album release party!
Matt: Oooooh good question… One of the first guys I met when I moved here about 10 years ago was J Michael King. He was, and still is, really carrying the torch of the Piedmont Blues style. A style I was first unaccustomed to, but I’ve really grown to love. His technique is great, song selection is killer, loads of heart and soul. He puts a lot of effort into keeping traditional local blues music alive. He is the real deal.
Matt: That my cookies were too strong.
Matt: I actually have two lists for this, one for playing guitar with, and one for writing songs with. I’ve played lead guitar with both Darby Wilcox and Kelly Jo over the last year, but would love to actually write some tunes with them. Darby has a really interesting stream-of-consciousness style that is very different from mine. Kelly Jo has this incredible pop sensibility and really chooses the fewest but best words to get the point across. I’ve always been really shy about sharing the writing process with other people, but it’s a goal of mine to overcome.
As far as playing guitar, I’d love to jam with Matt Dingledine more. He’s super diverse and has some serious knowledge. While we are playing, I learn from him without words being spoken, which is pretty powerful. Also, I’d put Neil Brooks on both of those lists.
SCMG – What are your favorite albums of all time from any musician?
Matt: Wilco – Sky Blue Sky, Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color, Between the Buried and Me – Colors, Pink Floyd – Animals, and Ryan Adams – Cold Roses.
This list rotates probably hourly, but that’s a solid start anyway.
It’s funny because I think of musicians I’d like to know. Jimmy Herring seems like he would be awesome as a regular fishing buddy and to sit around discussing the finer points of chord substitutions for hours on end. But if I was just going to see this person once and have a 30 minute conversation, I would probably pick someone super quirky and out there just for the sake of it being really interesting. David Byrne would be a prime choice.
A lifetime of music addiction and appreciation has led Stephanie to her passion of live music photography and the entertainment industry. Having a particular interest in exceptional guitar work, she is best known for introducing her kids to Steve Vai’s and Yngwie Malmsteen’s talent in an effort to promote musical discovery to a new generation.