We are Matt and Kim of the band Matt and Kim. AMA! : IAmA
Matt and Kim announce an October 2 release date for their new album Lightning album closer “10 Dollars I Found” featuring vocals by Kim. Matt and Kim, the duo known for infectious, beat-driven anthems and explosive live this album, which is one of the band's most personal releases to date. While students at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, Matt and Kim met on campus and began 7. Not Alone. 8. Hey Now. 9. Fall To Pieces. Get It. Ten Dollars I Found Lyrics: I'll buy the next round / With 10 dollars I found / At the Nostrand stop / Surrounded by Matt & Kim Release Date October 2,
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? 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….
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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. 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]. 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.Chicago PD - I Like the Guy (Episode Highlight)
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. 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?
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. Do you like to cook? When you travel so much and eat out every night, the last thing you want to do when you come home is eat out.
So we like to cook—rice and beans, and pasta dishes. I'm a better cook overall. If it were up to Matt, he'd eat peanut butter and jelly every day. But I will admit that Matt's rice and beans is better than mine. Have you ever made anything major, like a Thanksgiving dinner? I did it once. And Matt's a vegetarian so, you know, that kind of throws off my game. I don't think I'll ever do it again; it was so much work.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year—seeing the families? Matt's family's big holiday together is Thanksgiving, whereas my family's is Christmas. We were gone last Thanksgiving and she was like, "If you can't make it to next Thanksgiving…" M: Well, yeah you're the one who's making us go [to the UK]! But she won't kill you, she'll kill me.
Hopefully, we'll make Christmas. You've already been on a the road a ton this year for all the festivals, and now you have your own North American tour in the fall. It was just this beautiful commercial of people dancing through different eras.
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It was as much a Matt and Kim commercial as it was a Bacardi commercial. I still remember at that moment being like, "Hopefully, not a lot of people will see it and we'll just get this great check. When I was working freelance film jobs, at the beginning of this band, it would have taken me literally a year to make that much.
It broke it in the good way. Broke us to the public. The money was nothing in comparison to the exposure and how many people learned about our band through that commercial.
It was one of the best things that ever happened to our band. It totally changed my perspective on working with brands in advertising. Especially being [a] band that [was] not on a lot of radio stations, the exposure was incredible.
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.
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.