Real Talk with Matt Meade
Spritzer came about when Matt Meade was in another band and he started making new music that didn’t really fit well with his former band’s style. Thus Spritzer was born. ‘A poppy, surf rocky project’ , as Meade himself defines it. His lyrics are inspired by existentialist authors Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir. When talking about the new album that is expected to be released at the end of the summer he explained the story behind it, “The album that is coming out I’m very excited about and stoked to make. I spent a lot of time on it but at this point I just want to move onto the next thing. It will be released at some point and I’ll have another one ready to go that’s how I’m kind of operating right now. It’s a very impersonal album that I made recently. It’s about seven characters that are in no way related to me at all which is kind of a funny thing, everything that I’ve put out has been very personal. It’s all about fictional characters, just related to shit I’ve been reading lately. I just kind of want it out of my hair at this point, just want it out, so I can make another one.”
We went on to discuss the music scene in New York City. “Well it’s hard to break into but when you’ve been here for ten years. For me it’s kind of been an easy in, since I’ve been here for a while. I’ve been playing in a lot of different bands leading up to this. I know that for a touring artist it’s incredibly hard, almost impossible to break into. It’s such an insular scene of music. At the same time it is a very warm scene when you’re in it. It’s kind of nice, it’s kind of like having an estranged family that you get to catch up with every night after a show.” Since the scene is so populated it does give him the push to constantly create music because if you don’t you’ll be lost in the ever-growing industry. “It’s just when you have the weight of your peers on your shoulders you’re kind of like, ‘well what am I going to do today, am I going to lay on the couch or am I going to try and do something worth a shit.’ It’s more of a work ethic, slacking off is kind of over, I think. Everyone is trying to get their last gasp of air in, their last gasp of relevancy, if you will.”
Due to the expansive and overpopulated music scene I decided to ask Matt what he thinks are the most underrated bands in Brooklyn and what he responded with was rather surprising. “The only thing about a band from Brooklyn is that they have to make spectacular music, bands from West Virginia have to try ten times as hard to get someone to listen to them that’s in the industry. They don’t have the same advantages as people who live in Brooklyn. The sacrifice of living here, costs a shit ton. I don’t think there are any underrated bands in Brooklyn I think everyone in Brooklyn is kind of overrated compared to most of America. There is a thousand bands that I would love to hear play in Brooklyn but will never leave their hometown.” He mentioned a few bands (not from Brooklyn) that he loves and thinks are underrated, Zettajoule and Batty Jr. from Austin, Texas and Recluse Raccoon from Richmond, Virginia.
Matt has toured previously so I asked him about tour life, “My favorite thing about touring is just sitting around in a van for six hours before we get to the show. You’d like to think that the music is magical but you’re playing the same songs you’ve played every the night before. One show could be better than the next but in the end you’re just hanging out with your buddies, spending quite a bit of time with them. Also visiting friends you haven’t seen in awhile. Looking at landscapes other than the rats in Bushwick and stuff so that’s nice.” What he doesn’t appreciate so much is the fact that most of the time while traveling from venue to venue everyone in the band is on their phones. “The unglamorous part of touring is people looking at their iphones like zombies in a van, hungover maybe stoned like, “oh look cool this person said this on Facebook.”
All this talk about social media made me wonder whether or not he thought that social media ruined the music industry. His answer was a resounding yes. “I think Steve Jobs ruined music. I know people think he’s an alright guy but I think he completely ruined the music industry by creating GarageBand. While it’s a nice idea that everyone can record music I don’t think it’s a great idea for humanity that everyone can record music because you end up with a lot of stuff that can filter through the music industry. Someone has to filter through all the fucking nonsense.” While GarageBand may have helped some bands, in the end it has hurt the music industry. Some of the great bands out there might never be discovered because there is so much shit to sift through. “I blame it all on Steve Jobs. Fuck him. I blame every problem right now on Steve Jobs. The iphone I’m holding to my fucking head. I know everything but literally everyone is so much stupider from it. Ignorance is bliss and I think now that information is also bliss. You can know the tip of the iceberg of everything but you’re still an ignorant fuck that doesn’t know anything. You’ve just kind of equated to knowing as much as you can.”
Now that you’ve read the deep shit and know more about this interesting man behind the band Spritzer you can listen to his music here!