A Q & A with Matt and Kim’s Matt Johnson
Matt and Kim are an indie pop band They have 4 albums out, Grand, Matt and Kim They both met at college (Prat Institute) in and have been dating ever since. The Vampire Diaries (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode) The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Documentary) ("CameraBuggin'") / (performer. Matt and Kim are an American indie electronic duo from Brooklyn, New York. The group formed The two began dating and moved in together after 3 months. They hired choreographers who had worked on films like The Matrix and The Bourne . , Matt and Kim performed the song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Michael Tedder 10/09/ Such is the untamed energy of Matt & Kim that the pair started working on it almost immediately after they.
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. 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.
Since we've started the band, we've had one bank account. Any money we earn or spend goes and comes from one place. I think what causes a lot of problems for a lot of bands is money. How it's divided, how's it used, how it's spent. You can't go in unless you have a dog. I always wonder if people are creeped out by us even being on the outside of the park, gawking at their dogs.
There's this one kind of dog I want really badly. This is gonna sound so pathetic, but I have pictures cut from magazines of this dog. Matt knows what it is. We already named it. It's gonna be "Shorty. Did you have a hard time finding a place you both liked? We did search for about a year, but we agreed on everything we wanted for the most part.
Kim and I bizarrely agree on a lot of stuff, like way more than two people who spend 24 hours a day together should. Somehow we don't want to kill each other; that's the amazing thing.
We're kind of the same person. We shared a cell phone for like six years. How did you call each other? We never had to—we're always together! What was on your list when you were house hunting? We wanted at least three bedrooms because we both do a lot of work at home.
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Surprisingly, for a band, 95 percent of the work has nothing to do with music. Kim's always answering emails. We're just really involved with everything from the artwork to our music videos, so…we both wanted our own office space. We've been sharing one room as an office, but it makes it really easy for Kim to turn to me and be like, "Hey, what do you think of this?
I think it might be a scientific fact that men cannot multitask. So we needed our own workspace. Matt isn't very organized at all. I organize everything in our place except his computer. I'm the kind of dude that when the desktop gets full, I just drag it all into one folder called "desktop. Did you know for sure that you wanted to stay in Brooklyn? We both grew up in the Northeast, so it's nice being a few hours away from where we both started out.
I don't know, it's a weird addiction. Did you tell her about how you proposed when we were looking for a place? You guys are engaged? No, not proposed like marriage-proposed. After a year of looking, we were hanging out in LA and went over to my friend's place, which is a great house in Silver Lake. So I peeked at some real estate—it's so much more affordable than it is here. I was like, "Kim, we should move to LA.
And I said, "Hell no, thank you! You weren't serious, were you Matt? I was kind of serious. I think it was a desperate feeling.
Yeah, not to get all serious but We don't see our families or friends a whole lot. We hadn't found a place, we were stuck living in the place we're in now and things just seemed to be getting worse than they'd been in the past six years…. But luckily, we've had a good year. Is it ready to move into, or are you going to do any major work first? We're moving the kitchen from the downstairs to the upstairs, so that's a big job.
It's a fully gut-renovated building, so it's a good slate to start with. The dream is not to have a practice space anymore and just be able to have a room set up in our apartment.
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So we're talking about soundproofing…. Are you bringing any of the furniture you have or buying all new stuff? We have some finds—like a couple of old '50s tables and some cool, old chairs—but we're definitely looking forward to getting new things.
We'd always see things we wanted and not be able to get them because we cannot fit another thing into our [current] apartment.
We live in less than square feet now, and the new place is around 2, or 3, We're at the point where we're thinking about what's going to go where, and every day I'm going to the store to buy another home magazine…. I'd definitely like to get rid of all our [low-end] furniture. I think that's another grown-up step. Is there anything you've seen that you can't wait to get? There are a lot of great stores around [Williamsburg].
But I also know that in Vermont, the used furniture market is a lot less expensive. We want to take a road trip with a box truck and see what we can find.
We want a giant kitchen table, one of those really big tables with a thick wooden top. Yeah, my brother and I did our homework at our kitchen table every day. We didn't go to our rooms. So the table's one thing. And we need a bed frame. We definitely need a really good couch. I want either two couches or a sectional because we're always competing and trying to fit when we lie down.
And I always get the bad end of the deal. He just takes up the most amount of space. It's a very "old country" feel. The first time I went to Matt's parents' house, I loved it. It's a Vermont-style house that just has this nice homey feel with, like, clapboards on the bottom and… What do you call that?
Are there days after you've been touring for months on end where you're like "I just don't know if I can go out there and smile and be enthusiastic for people. People have to recognize that there are another 23 hours in the day that isn't that hour on stage, and that's what gets really exhausting.
When we get up there and there are a lot of people who are excited to be there, immediately, we get snapped out of that exhaustion.
A Q & A with Matt and Kim’s Matt Johnson
But then there's the other 22 and a half, 23 hours that becomes the part that becomes tiring. You and Kim live together and you're basically around each other every minute.
Do you guys ever get sick of each other? It blows my mind -- but no. That's the crazy thing. If there was any sort of relationship I've been in in the past where we spent half as much time as we've been together, we would've killed each other a long time ago.
But somehow, we just… we're really on the same page. And we'll be frustrated at different times and every now and then -- basically once a month -- there'll be a note on the bus door that says "I'm having that time-of-the-month. If you see me, just try to avoid," to let everyone in the crew know. We're human, but in the end we'll finish a tour after being on the same bus for a couple of months and we'll get home and be like "Alright!
Wanna go out to eat? You go to your room. Speaking of going home, you recorded Lightning in your apartment on Grand Street. The last thing we did there before we left it. Right as we finished that album we moved out, and it felt like the end of an era.
Basically all of our albums we had written there and we refer to that spot a bunch of times.