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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Groovy Reader of the Month: Matt Cameron


As a way to thank my readers for their support, I feature a new guy or gal each month - and the winner of this prestigious title for July is the groovy Matt Cameron of Brooklyn, New York. I know it's a little early to be choosing someone, but since Matt's new album, the long haul, is being released today, I decided it was the perfect time to blog about him.

The handsome and talented Mr. Cameron is a musician with his own experimental electro-acoustic band, eating alone, and this year he's been releasing a new song every day in a unique project called "365 days of eating alone". I recommend that you check out the long haul, which is now available on Amazon, iTunes and cdbaby, and if you're in New York City tomorrow night (July 22), you can meet Matt at the album's listening party at The Stonewall Inn (53 Christopher Street) from 7 to 9 pm. For further information about Matt and his music, go to www.alwayseatingalone.com. And, finally, I must congratulate him and his partner, We Love Soaps' Damon L. Jacobs, on their recent sixth anniversary.

Now I've asked Matt to get Deeper with us here on the Dish by answering a few questions about his music and, of course, pop culture:

What was your inspiration for the long haul?
My biological father left when I was two and I still have very clear memories of what it was like when he'd come visit, what he looked like and how it all felt. The last time I saw him I was 16 (I'm 32 now) and even though I have all these memories, there's a lot I don't know about him. He wasn't talked about much and I don't know what's happened in his life since I last saw him. When I was having trouble writing songs for this album, my partner suggested I try writing about him. I wrote 41 songs in about a month and narrowed them down to the songs on this album, which is about resolving childhood feelings and memories of my father with who I am as an adult.

What is the significance of your band's name, eating alone?
When I wanted to get serious about making music I wanted to have a name that was simple and had an impact. I've always been interested in short phrases that conjure up an image or a feeling - I even keep a notebook filled with these little phrases. I brainstormed through a lot of ideas and came up with 'eating alone'. To me, it definitely conjures up an image and a feeling - it's something we've all done and seen others do and we all have a story about what it means. I like that it gives you something to think about but leaves enough room for you to decide what it means to you.

What inspired "365 days of eating alone"? And has it been more challenging or easy than you imagined it would be?:
Last fall I was in a rut musically. I wasn't happy with anything I was doing - I actually started the long haul last year and scrapped it all after five months when none of it felt right. I noticed that I was doing a whole lot of talking about being a musician but I wasn't being a musician - I wasn't expressing myself or making music. So I came up with "365 days of eating alone" - releasing a brand new song every day in 2010. I knew I'd either fail completely or I'd rise to the challenge and make it happen.

It's been like a roller coaster and sometimes it feels easier than I expected and other times it feels practically impossible. There are days when I write four songs without any problems and other days when I find myself at 11 pm wondering what the song of the day will be or even if it will get done. Overall, I have learned a lot about music and who I am as a musician so even the challenging times are paying off.

My five favorite TV shows of all time are:
All in the Family (so amazing and ahead of its time), Family Guy, Roseanne, The Golden Girls and anything on The History Channel.

If I was stranded on a desert island for a year, I would want to listen to:
Shudder to Think, Guided By Voices, Richard Youngs, The Future Sound of London and Grizzly Bear. This is an insanely difficult question for me to answer - music is my life and it makes me sad to leave off so many good bands, even if it's only for a year!

If I was asked to choose the Sexiest Man Alive, it would be:
James Brossman. Google him - but not at work. Another insanely hard question for me to answer.

If I could have anyone - living or dead - be a guest at my dinner party, I would invite the following three people:
Caligula, singer/songwriter Craig Wedren and musician Jamie Stewart.

Thank you, Matt, for being one of my grooviest readers!

3 comments:

Michael Rivers said...

Another great Groovy Reader of the month!

matt cameron said...

thanks for the lovely write-up marc! and thank you for reading michael :) xoxo

Deep Dish said...

You're very welcome, Matt! I'm so glad I could feature you.