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What Are You Listening To?
"I'm going to think back to this summer and dance..."
Matthew, 29, film producer
What kind of films do you produce?
We shoot psychedelic comedies that deal with the end of the world.
We're shooting one right now with Dan Fogler. It's called Don Peyote.
So does music come in to your film-production job? Do you get to choose the soundtrack?
Yeah, we have all the say. Right now we're using a lot of dub-step, techno, some hard beats mixed with some minimal.
What were you just listening to?
Bassnectar. It's dub-step, and you should check them out if you don't know them. I have them on Pandora, so right now I'm listening to a song called "Churn of the Century." It's a random mix.
Listen: Bassnectar - "Churn of the Century"
Were you excited that it came on?
Yeah, I had to flip through for a bit.
What are some other albums coming out or that came out that you were excited for this year?
I really mostly listen to dub-step, some post-punk, some rock, and some blues. Joy Division, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Wire. My favorite Joy Division song is "Digital." "Atmosphere" is good too, and "Isolation."
What's the best live show you've been to lately?
Probably BP Fallon. I saw him at the Escape To New York Festival a couple weeks ago, and he was brilliant. It's spoken word mixed with this guy just thrashing on the bass.
Do you play any musical instruments?
I used to play the cello.
Very classy. Do you have any guilty pleasures on your iPod?
Not really. I mostly have what everyone's given me. I lost all my music — it all got wiped out in a hard-drive crash.
Did it feel like losing a child?
It was much worse than losing a child. I got into a really bad car accident when I was sixteen, and the only thing I was concerned about while the car was catching on fire were my mix tapes.
If you were making a mix tape for a girl you liked, what would be on it?
Depends on what girl.
For you? I like Radiohead a lot, but maybe The Beatles — "Norwegian Wood." Some Modest Mouse, Postal Service, Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay" would be good.
Listen: Bob Dylan - "Lay Lady Lay"
I like this tape. What's a band that you despise?
I don't think anyone should stop making music; it's a form of expression. As long as it hits one person, as long as it strikes a note or a chord, it's worth it, and they should keep doing it.