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Saturday, February 24th
The Hot Sweat
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It was a drowsy day in Hampton, NH but you would never know when talking to Matt White who was nothing but uplifting and enthusiastic about life in general. And why shouldn't he be? He was getting read yot open for jazz legend B.B. King, who informed us of his age of 82 years, yet still living young. With a grandmother being the first female orchestra leader, and starting classical piano at the age of 3, it was only natural for White to get started in the music industry. Matt was so light hearted and cared more to talk about my life then to talk about his own. With a new single "Love" soon to hit not only the radio but McDonalds commercials nationally, White's music career will be going nowhere but up from here.

Kim: You have a very musical background, tell us a little about that and how you got started in music. 
Matt White: Well I started playing classical music at a young age and when I went to college I still played classical but ended up transferring to guitar because I couldn’t fit a piano in my dorm room.  I just started playing around New York and once I got out of college I got signed to a record label. 

MT: Do you remember when and where your first performance was? 
MW: I want to say the Bitter End in New York, which I a cool venue. 

MT: I heard that you used to play in parks and on the street and stuff. 
MW: Oh yeah.  I used to bring my guitar out to the parks and subways, but yeah. 

MT:  I always wondered, do you need a permit to do that stuff? 
MW: Nah, you don’t need one. 

MT: Who is your biggest musical influence? 
MW: My musical influence would have to be Bruce Springsteen.  I grew up in New Jersey and he’s just….just everyone from New Jersey loves him because he’s like a hometown guy. 

MT: Your first full length CD came out last September, does it have a certain theme or message you want to get across? 
MW: Well, it has to do with relationships and I wrote it during college so there’s definitely just experiencing things and, you know.  When you’re 22 and you get signed, they kinda push you in that direction anyway.  I think when your that age anyways you’re going to be experiencing something like that, or you are going to have to handle something you can’t handle. 

MT: Are there any plans for a second album, or are you making a second album now? 
MW: I’m gunna do another single and we’re doing the video on Tuesday, the song is called “Love” and that will be on VH1 and MTV and all of that.  And “Love” will be on the radio.  The cool thing is that it’s going to be on a national McDonalds commercial. 

MT: Oh great!  So people will be able to recognize the song. 
MW: Exactly, people will recognize the song.  And that song has been in like ten movies. 

MT: Oh yeah, I have noticed that you’re songs have been in a lot of movies.
MW: Yeah, it’s crazy how that happened. 

MT: So “Love” is your next single, give us the low down on it. 
MW: It’s completely like poking fun at all the love songs.  It’s very dreamy  and even if you have the most macho man, when comes to that feeling and that emotion everyone is weak.  Everyone is fair game. 

MT: So you’re not working on a second album yet? 
MW: No, we are working on the second single.  I’ll probably make a second album in like, a year and a half. We want to firs album out for a  couple years to let it work itself out. 

MT: What’s your favorite song to perform? 
MW: “Play”, it’s the first song off the record.  It’s very Led Zeppelin like and rock and roll. 

MT: Is Led Zeppelin another Influence or yours? 
MW: Oh yeah, definitely. 

MT: If it weren’t for music what is it you think you would be doing? 
MW: That’s a great question, and I’ve been thinking about that, like late at night but, I don’t know.  Maybe teaching music?  I don’t know.  Something having to do with music. 

MT: What advice do you have for those wanting to go into the music industry? 
MW:  You know, everyone starts somewhere.  Like, when you think it sucks, everyone goes through that, you just have to go through it.  You have to walk before you run.  Don’t push it and push it, you just have to keep on playing and enjoy the profit of making music and playing it and it really is a gift that we are allowed to do that, you know? 

MT:  You moved you NYC right after college, so did you ever go through that “run down apartment” stage? 
MW: Oh yeah, I’m still going through it.  Yeah, definitely.  I mean, we’ve come a long way, but you know I’m going to be doing this until I’m like BB Kings age, like in my 70s. 

MT: Why is music important to you? 
MW: It’s one of things where I was always good at it, and I always understood it.  It’s the only thing I got good grades in.  It’s the only thing I understood and I didn’t know what I was doing I just knew I could do it. 

MT: I hear you don’t actually know the theory behind the guitar, you just kinda play. 
MW: No, I have no theory, I just can play.  Yeah, I don’t know what I’m doing.  I know like ten chords and if I need to change the key I just move the capo. 

MT: So what are you doing after this tour? 
MW: After this tour we go on tour with Kate Voegele who was on One Tree Hill and then we’re doing some Gap in-stores.  So we’re bring music and the Gap together and the gap is one of my favorite brands.  And then we’re going up to Canada and doing a bunch of dates and I’m going to be away until the end of October, so it’s going to be a long haul. 

MT: Last question, where do you see yourself 5 years from now? 
MW: 5 years, I will be doing exactly the same thing, you know, keep on making music and by then maybe I’ll have a child….well no, I’m too young for a child. 

MT: How old are you? 
MW: I’m gunna be 28. 

MT:  Oh, you won’t be too young for a child. 
MW:  Well I’m gunna be 33 so…..well we’ll see. 

Kim KaminskeKim Kaminske is a staff writer for Musiqtone.com. You can reach her at kimkaminske@musiqtone.com.

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