Reconciling with his family and getting his life in order eventually set his music career in motion. Tune in to KROQ this Sunday, August 9th at 6pm PT to catch Matt Maeson's KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas performance from December 8, 2019, and a new interview with Megan Holiday! The intonations of his new songs have seen a shift, with “Tread on Me” and “Beggar’s Song” taking a more rebellious and defiant tone to his usually troubled lyrics. How did the song come about originally? I don’t even like the idea that there is a separation between Christian music and non-Christian music. I wouldn’t label my music Christian music anyways, but it does have a lot to do with faith. 16:10. That’s why they fluctuate and get really big and get really quiet. “Go Easy” features one of Maeson’s most commanding vocal turns, a quality he highlights during a November show in Brooklyn where he makes it the sole song in his set he sings without his guitar. "Hallucinogenics" marks Maeson… Maeson’s signature style is heavy with emotion and feeling, but his music ranges from ballad-esque solo guitar pieces, to bigger, drum-laden tracks that build. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Maeson has achieved another Alternative Radio #1 hit with "Hallucinogenics," taken from his 2019 debut album Bank On The Funeral. And that’s the message I’ve been putting in a lot of these songs. Maeson: It’s kind of shallow to say but just being a this point now- after I’ve worked so damn hard for the past four years- to actually be at a point where I’m making some money. For the time being, Maeson is best known for his song “Cringe,” which reached No. Writing those songs helped me realize, These people that are treating me this way are probably never going to change, so I’m not necessarily going to change myself for them, but I’m going to understand where they’re coming from. The postings on this site belong to Atwood Magazine's writers alone and do not reflect the views of any third party. It’s kind of a reversible thing. Their first single, "Waterman," releases Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. It’s kind of weird to me to throw a label on it like that. My songwriting is pretty secluded and I like to write on my own. For some popular artists, years of hard work culminates in a dam-breaking moment where their ascent happens all at once. Yet there he was Monday night, selling out the Rickshaw Stop. I can’t keep living and going this way, the wrong way, doing all the drugs, doing whatever else. It’s where I really cut my teeth. Yet there he was Monday night, selling out the Rickshaw Stop. You pushed hard for “Cringe,” which obviously went on to be a huge hit. We sat down with Maeson in Manhattan to talk about his unorthodox musical background, his new video for “Go Easy”—premiering here on P&P—and the challenges that come with changing your life for the better. Born as Matthew Steven Maeson, on January 17, 1993, in Norfolk, Virginia, Matt Maeson is an American pop … how will you know it had the impact you want? Matt Maeson will perform at the Marquis Theater on November 8. We aim to showcase not only incredible creation, but also the stories behind them. Stream Matt Maeson - Interview by 98.9 WCLZ from desktop or your mobile device But no real decision to do that, it just kind of happened. It’s always a team effort. That seems like it has really been the throughline of your whole life as a musician. Maeson: Yeah, there are definitely some metaphors, but pretty much everything I write is about what happened to, just after I process it a couple of years later, so it’s all pretty real. LA trio WILD offer “Surround You” as a tender moment of comfort... Post was not sent - check your email addresses! And some judgemental vibes. I’m destroying myself. You were sorting out a lot of personal issues at the time you wrote “Go Easy” and “Cringe.” Was making those songs a catalyst for you making necessary changes to your lifestyle, or were you already making progress? Did that inspire the video for “Go Easy” since some of it takes place in a penitentiary? All photography courtesy of Matt Maeson on Facebook . Matt Maeson. I can’t reply to them all, but just seeing that is so much affirmation for why I’m doing this. Matt Maeson said in an interview with American Songwriter, “Cringe” is about being pushed away by the people you care about because of the lifestyle you live. “It shifted my thinking about things, because music is this incredibly influential thing.”. Matt Maeson management contact details (name, email, phone number). ... Trump Storms Out of 60 Minutes Interview, Attacks Lesley Stahl: A Closer Look. That’s what’s magical about making music and playing it live, is seeing it affect people like that. Matt Maeson Interview by Jeff Hewitt Issue 50 • April 2017 • Virginia Beach. But in terms of the newer songs I’ve been writing, they’ve had more of an uplifting spirit to them and that’s just because of where I’m at in my life. Our Take: Sir Sly Turn Pain into Beauty on ‘Don’t You Worry, Honey’, Breaking the Record with Roan Yellowthorn, Part 45: Building a Fire, Today’s Song: The Sunny Seduction of Peachy King’s “Calabasas” ft. Margaux Beylier, Interview: Fast Rising Dream Pop Star Lisa Remar Talks “Fell Into” and Her Distinctive Boom Bap Flair. We did a couple of co-writes on this record, we did Go Easy and Tread on Me are both co-writes, and so is Dancing After Death. Whatever I put out is gonna be an example of where I was in life at that point. So to see all of that hard work start to show tangible profit is really awesome. Compared to them, Matt Maeson essentially plays folk music. There’s a sermonic quality to the way he calmly paces around the stage, backed by enveloping organ tones. [That designation] makes it seem less approachable, like people feel they can’t listen because there is a Christian label on it. I can’t reply to them all, but just seeing that is so much affirmation for why I’m doing this. If Who Killed Matt Maeson was a way of asking what needed to be left behind from a punishing adolescence, then The Hearse deals with the question of what Matt took with him: the instinct for self-destruction, the sense that he might not ever be free. I wrote it around the same time as “Cringe,” which is kind of about the same subject of trying and wanting to get better, but having people push you away rather than pull you in to help. That’s why there are so many low points and highpoints in my songs, it’s because I’m literally writing while [imagining] a full band behind me, or [visualizing] a scene happening. The singer began pushing the record in early 2017, embarking on a lengthy cross-country radio station tour while also performing regular shows and striking a chord with receptive fans who saw themselves in the song. But other than that it’s cool to see how these songs impact people. Especially with this headline tour, it’s the first tour where I’m actually gonna make some money. Virginia Beach natives Matt Maeson, left, and Rozwell have teamed up for a new project they're called USERx. Driven by his raw but unwaveringly strong voice, Matt Maeson’s music is … T he trials and tribulations Matt Maeson has gone through in his young life are immediately apparent in the lyrics and melodies of his songs, each with all of the energy and sorrow associated with various moments in his life. I get a lot of messages from fans about what they’re going through and how the songs affect them. We played a ton of theaters, so it was awesome to play those because I probably won’t be playing them for a pretty long time. Because I feel like when you’re 18, eight or ten years later you feel like a completely different person. Tyson Motsenbocker performance KVNA-FM. I lived pretty rough for a … Maeson’s complex past, fueled by music all the while, has led him here: an alternative indie world that allows him to explore his thoughts, both old and new, through his unique and honest sound. Having spent much of his early musical career performing in prisons with his family’s ministry, Maeson says he’s long had a deep reverence for the uplifting power of songs. Maeson: Not really I guess, I always wanted a band but I wasn’t around enough musicians at the time- and when I was around musicians that were good enough to be in a band I wasn’t good enough to be in a band yet. Do you think there’s something inherently visual about your music? I actually wrote “Go Easy” not too long after I wrote “Cringe.”It has the same sentiment I think. “I listen to a lot of old shit, probably because of my dad.” VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Betcha Talk New EP, Songs That Are “Meant To Be Listened To Live” B-Sides Staff 11/23/2020 The EP ‘Feels Like We’ve Been Here Before’ is the second offering from Nashville-based Betcha and is filled with a dynamic set of songs meant to be heard performed live. It’s the most universal-sounding song on the record. That’s what music did for me for so long. Cringe Globe Hall Mariah Hansen marquis theater Matt Maeson … Maeson: It was awesome. Stream Matt Maeson - Interview by 98.9 WCLZ from desktop or your mobile device Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Matt Maeson full interview. His song “Cringe,” which was first released in 2017, has steadily gained momentum the past few years and exemplifies the incredibly resounding vocals that mark his music. But for the most part I like to just go somewhere alone and process things. Tune in to KROQ this Sunday, August 9th at 6pm PT to catch Matt Maeson's KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas performance from December 8, 2019, and a new interview with Megan Holiday! Yeah, it also had a lot to do with the way I write and what I write about. I wrote [“Go Easy”] with the guys from the group Captain Cuts. We should do this,” but this was kind of a no-brainer. Growing up I loved skateboarding and doing any kind of reckless shit, so my three things were either I wanted to be a professional skateboarder, or a stunt man, or a rock star. Considering he grew up playing music in prisons and at biker rallies with his parents, you could say singer songwriter Matt Maeson has quite the interesting backstory...But ultimately, it's his dynamic vocals, piercing lyrics, and knack for storytelling that hooks listeners and fosters the growing buzz surrounding his music. At that point, my parents had just started their prison ministry so I was like, maybe I should just go on the road with them for a while and get my head straight. I talk about faith a ton in my music, through the whole album. Full Interview Studio.ONE. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. His debut album Bank on the Funeral (released 4/5/2019 via Neon Gold Records / Atlantic Records) captures the highlights of his musical career so far, drawing … Today, we are happy to say that it has been molded once again—this time into an electronic track by trio Miike Snow. I moved out of my parents’ house the day I turned 18, got in a whole bunch of trouble, got arrested, and I was like, I’ve got to change sh*t up. Matt Maeson performing at SXSW 2017 Tellingly, Maeson cites as influences a long line of musicians with outlaw personas: Johnny Cash, Jeff Buckley, Kurt Cobain. I moved out of my parents’ house the day I turned 18, got in a whole bunch of trouble, got arrested, and I was like, I’ve got to change shit up. With a lot of my lyrics you can kind of translate it to whatever you’re going through, so a lyric that means something entirely different to me, means something different to them and helps them through something. All photography courtesy of Matt Maeson on Facebook . Jessie backstage at #1045BlockParty with Matt Maeson talking about his sleeper of a song "Cringe" and way more! The singer-songwriter, backed by a guitarist-keyboardist and a drummer, performed an hourlong set of heart-on-your-sleeve testimonials , much to the delight of fans. On The Hearse, as with all of Matt’s music, the saint and the delinquent wear the same face. Album The Hearse - EP. Matt Maeson talks touring, collaborating with Lana Del Rey and his hit "Cringe" in a new video interview with Consequence of Sound. That’s what I did. I’ll play a live show and see the way people are singing the lyrics and think, damn, this really means something to them. 19:27. decker. And that’s amazing. You’ve put more emphasis on your videos than many new artists do typically. ... Trump Storms Out of 60 Minutes Interview, Attacks Lesley Stahl: A Closer Look. The sins of the father don’t make the man, but his retribution sure can. Maeson: The first EP was reflecting on the period of my life from 18-22 and becoming an adult, and The Hearse, the second EP, was after that for a period. And it’s exhausting and draining and really, really hard but then you can just sit there and think about how these stations are playing my songs to thousands and thousands of people. Written around the same time as “Cringe,” his latest single is “Go Easy,” another powerhouse track that grapples with how people treat you when you’re at your lowest. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Written By Matt Maeson & James Flannigan. It was kind of a mixture of both. I’ve always been such a film nerd. What made you feel like “Go Easy” would be a good single? His debut album Bank on the Funeral (released 4/5/2019 via Neon Gold Records / Atlantic Records) captures the highlights of his musical career so far, drawing from EPs and singles that are now a few years old and have already had significant radio playing time, as well as brand new tracks. Watch Late Night with Seth Meyers highlight 'Matt Maeson: Cringe' on NBC.com. Yet there he was Monday night, selling out the Rickshaw Stop. Watch Olivia Munn, Ramy Youssef, Matt Maeson (Season 6, Episode 116) of Late Night with Seth Meyers or get episode details on NBC.com Maeson: Pretty much, I’d say 90% of it. Pigeons & Planes is all about music discovery, supporting new artists, and delivering the best music curation online and IRL. Chesapeake Bay native Matt Maeson took to music early, learning drums and guitar at a young age and eventually touring as part of his father's prison ministry. It’s to help someone feel understood, even if they’re going through something entirely different than I did. At a time when gospel artists are trying to be identified by more than their faith, Maeson is a mainstream artist whose life and music are defined by his. And, I’m a faith-filled man but, playing for these crowds where some of my songs cuss, one of my songs opens with “Goddamn,” I definitely got some eyerolls. I just did a radio tour, which is basically when you drive across the country going to different radio stations for 20 minutes. When singer-songwriter Matt Maeson wrote "Cringe," a song about destructive behavior, judgment, and heartbreak, on acoustic guitar, his producer James Flannigan "breathed a new kind of life into it." Atlanta’s Left Hand: The Changing Sound of ATL Rap, The Rotation: Albums We're Listening to Right Now, reached No. My parents were musicians when I was a kid—they were in some Christian heavy metal bands. You sat on “Go Easy” for almost three years after writing it. Maeson: I would love to open up for Alabama Shakes, they’re so sick… also Manchester Orchestra, and then Arcade Fire. I’m actually going into rehearsal next week for it, so I’m eager and also nervous to see how it all turns out. And I think a lot of people feel that way. And then by the time I was good enough I wasn’t really around a lot of them. Chesapeake Bay native Matt Maeson took to music early, learning drums and guitar at a young age and eventually touring as part of his father's prison ministry. 3’, Dimensionality, and Joy. ABSOFACTO KVNA fm performance. Matt Maeson's "Go Easy" is His Latest Anthem About the Road to Recovery. How did that happen? As this on-the-rise musician knows, when you learn that lesson the hard way, it’s worth sharing with the world. Drawing on his hard-living days, “Cringe” is about feeling judged and ostracized by the people closest to you. Sometimes they’ll just tell me how a specific lyric or a song helped them through a situation, which is why I write music. Compared to them, Matt Maeson essentially plays folk music. That’s why I do it. Matt Maeson will perform at the Marquis Theater on November 8. Today’s Song: Can Charlotte Lawrence’s New Single “Talk You Down”? Atwood Magazine sat down with Virginia native Matt Maeson to talk about his debut album, Bank on the Funeral. The trials and tribulations Matt Maeson has gone through in his young life are immediately apparent in the lyrics and melodies of his songs, each with all of the energy and sorrow associated with various moments in his life. CLIP 10/21/20. That’s damage. I still always wrote with a band in mind, which I think helps with the dynamics of my songs. Matt Maeson (born January 17, 1993) is an American singer and songwriter, hailing from Norfolk, Virginia. I figured that the reason I am where I’m at is because the artists I listened to helped me get through really hard times,” he says. Reconciling with his family and getting his life in order eventually set his music career in motion. I get messages from people about how the songs have helped them through something and that makes it all worthwhile. If it’s a happy song it’s just that I was in a happier time in my life. It was interesting because Needtobreathe has been a predominantly Christian band for most of their career, like fifteen years. Maeson: It’s gonna be the longest set, about an hour long, and we built a new set with all the songs and transitions and stuff. Maeson: I get messages all the time on social media, and for pretty much every tour I’ve done after the show I’ll go out to the merch booth to say hi and take pictures. Nov 06, 2019. Preview, buy and download high-quality music downloads of Bank On The Funeral by Matt Maeson from 7digital United Kingdom - We have over 30 million high quality tracks in our store. Label Neon Gold Records. Now, being able to be the person that those people were for me to others is fucking sick. Maeson: It’s all sold out, it sold out in about two weeks, which pretty much all of were surprised by. By Audrey Steeves Debut, Features, Interview, Music April 5, 2019 Interview: Don’t Bank on the Funeral, Bank on Matt Maeson Powerhouse singer/songwriter (and one of our 2018 artists of the year) Matt Maeson shared insights on his debut album ‘Bank on the Funeral’ in an exclusive interview with Atwood Magazine! Atwood is a digital music magazine that seeks out visionary artists and fresh voices with the goal of promoting the arts. Booking price. 21:21. Photo by Rozwell. You learn a really big sense of compassion when you’re shaking hands with dudes and you don’t know if this guy killed three people or he just got busted with two ounces of weed. Would you describe what you make as religious? It was already happening, but at the same time, it hadn’t already happened. Watch it here. Kind of, I do talk about it. Yet there he was Monday night, selling out the Rickshaw Stop. Buy, preview and download over 30 million tracks in our store. But, I also can’t go the right way, because you’re not letting me and you’re pushing me away instead of pulling me back in and trying to help me out. Obviously, it would be great if “Go Easy” becomes your second No. 1 Alternative song, but when you look back in a few months. With a lot of my lyrics you can kind of translate it to whatever you’re going through, so a lyric that means something entirely different to me, means something different to them and helps them through something. Their first single, "Waterman," releases Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Anyone can get into it. High quality Matt Maeson MP3 downloads from 7digital United States. Using music as an outlet for processing complicated experiences has allowed Maeson to connect with his fans on a meaningful level that is not lost on him. That’s also damage. The Virginian discusses "Cringe," one of the year's biggest hits on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, as well as its follow-up, the newly debuted "Go Easy." You got your start performing music in prisons with your family. The Hearse Lyrics [Verse 1] I am the man we both couldn't stand I can't wash off the dirt from my hands What was it like to feel in love? Virginia Beach natives Matt Maeson, left, and Rozwell have teamed up for a new project they're called USERx. But for the most part it was awesome and I made a ton of fans, which was really great right before we go into this headliner tour. I played a couple hundred prison gigs, and they’re like the best shows I’ve ever played. Matt Maeson The Virginian discusses "Cringe," one of the year's biggest hits on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, as well as its follow-up, the newly debuted "Go Easy." And that’s amazing. The songs appear together on Maeson’s debut album, Bank on the Funeral, which features tracks from the last three years. I listen to what the label has to say about it. They’re relating it to their situation and it’s helping them—that’s a beautiful thing. Maeson: I think there will always be a hint of that in there, but if you look at the sonics from the difference in the EPs, The Hearse is a lot darker because that was a much darker time in my life. “Right now, in a lot of music there’s a big lack of sincerity and being honest and real. I think pulling in songs from the previous EPs definitely pushes those songs to a much bigger audience, but at the same time I wanted to release an album that feels like I put everything out there. Others can tell you every about every bit of incremental progress on the uphill climb to success. 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I think a lot of the songs on the record are depressing and uplifting at the same time, because no matter where I’m at, if I’m in a really dark place I know I’m gonna get out of it. Inevitably, that just makes you worse off. If I feel so strongly, I’ll be like, “No, dude. Jessie backstage at #1045BlockParty with Matt Maeson talking about his sleeper of a song "Cringe" and way more! 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay chart on August 24, despite having been released in November 2016. The singer-songwriter, backed by a guitarist-keyboardist and a drummer, performed an hourlong set of heart-on-your-sleeve testimonials , much to the delight of fans. Matt Maeson said on Instagram,. Matt Maeson was confined by drug addiction and sometimes jail. So number three was the most likely I think. View Matt Maeson booking agent, manager, publicist contact info. One of the most powerful lines in the song is “I can’t keep living for the damage.” Could you explain the meaning of that phrase? Share This Story. Watch Late Night with Seth Meyers highlight 'Matt Maeson: Cringe' on NBC.com. He expresses a particular love for Jim Morrison and The Doors. Maeson: “Cringe” is on there, and “Tribulation” (from my first EP) is also on the album as well. So the album I wanted to address all of it. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs. Your faith is something you address in your music, but it isn’t necessarily overt. It was seriously one of the most professional tours I’ve been on as a supporting act. By Grant Rindner. But the cool thing about music and what I write about is that I get a lot of messages from fans about what they’re going through and how the songs affect them. Like, Go Easy we just released but I wrote it around the time I wrote Cringe. We wrote it in Nicaragua in the middle of the jungle at a writing camp. CLIP 10/21/20. People can listen to a song like “Go Easy” that’s about this specific thing to me, and then they can relate it to whatever they’re going through. Being able to separate that from how you’re interacting with the person, that has to do with what I wrote “Go Easy” about. COMPLEX participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COMPLEX gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. Matt Maeson The Virginian discusses "Cringe," one of the year's biggest hits on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, as well as its follow-up, the newly debuted "Go Easy." The project serves as an intimate and unvarnished portrait of the artist overcoming drug and legal issues to build a new, stable life. Matt Maeson: I was raised in a musical family, so I kind of always had that dream of being a rock star, it’s in my blood. Definitely. The Atwood team is made up of individuals from all over the world that are passionate about art and innovation. Writing those songs made me realize I should just be the bigger man and say, “I am going to get my life together, whether you help me or not, but I’m not going to treat you any differently because you weren’t there.”. The Virginian discusses "Cringe," one of the year's biggest hits on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, as well as its follow-up, the newly debuted "Go Easy." They have no idea what I’m talking about when I talk about some story that I went through. 08:32. © Complex Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. I can tell that from the shows I play and how I see people singing it. In an interview with American Songwriter, Matt Maeson said that this song was written in 2012. Matt Maeson was confined by drug addiction and sometimes jail. Cringe Globe Hall Mariah Hansen marquis theater Matt Maeson … I’ve always wanted to score movies, and I always write with dynamics involved, even when I’m just on acoustic. "Twenty Twelve" Track Info. 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