Matt and Kim are Back and Here to Stay, Almost Everyday
Before they were known as the band Matt and Kim, Matt Johnson and Kim But they didn't tell fans that they were dating until their fifth album. Matt and Kim are the epitome of that couple you love to hate: always smiling, always dancing, and seemingly always so damn in love. The duo. Musical duo Matt and Kim have been making waves since —to date they've released five albums, been featured in three commercials.
They also engaged in a two-month nationwide tour from September to November. They released their third studio album, Sidewalksin November on the Fader Label. This was the duo's first album to not be self-produced. Instead, Ben Allen, who had previously produced albums for Gnarls Barkley and Animal Collectivewas one of the co-producers.
When comparing the budget for the "Cameras" video against the one for "Lessons Learned," Johnson noted, "We spent 10 times as much money to make this happen. The duo released their fourth studio album, Lightningon the Fader Label in October They premiered the lead single from the album, "Get It," with an accompanying lyric video in January The band toured extensively upon the release of New Glow, commencing with a U.
Or you're happy every time you put out a song and people seem excited about it. Then you're just constantly a success. Every day you get to celebrate. What was the first one you ever had? Coming from a punk background and, especially, growing up and listening to punk music, it was such a concern. It happened and it was fine. But we were nervous about it. Then, the next one that came was a Bacardi commercial with " Daylight.
I'm sure it could be looked up online. It didn't have any talking over our song. It was just this beautiful commercial of people dancing through different eras. 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. 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].'Matt & Kim' Official Sneak Peek - Catfish: The TV Show Reunion (Season 6) - MTV
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. 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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
How do you deal with being on a bus for so long? Well, there's a merch guy, tour manager, sound guy, lighting guy I clean the shit out of the bus all the time. I bring my cleaning supplies. I don't like mess and dirt. I have to spray the sleeping area every morning because it just smells awful.
Sometimes I have to remind people that yes, there is a shower room and yes, you should be using it. Do you bring a lot of stuff? No, it's a confined space so we try to keep the clutter to a minimum. I do bring my snuggle blanket though.