Real Couple: Matt & Kim: Movin' and Groovin' - Love & Sex - Real Couples
Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available. Click here to visit our frequently asked questions about HTML5 video. That's how Matt Johnson of Matt and Kim describes the eponymous indie duo's In fact, that time off resulted in the band's sixth and latest album, Almost Johnson says it's also their most personal album to date; they wrote it. Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino didn't plan any of this. Here, we talk to Matt about navigating commercial syncs, playing music with your significant other, and the value of having no expectations. Spotify for Artists: Matt and Kim released your debut in
It was two people having sex right outside of our [apartment] door. We were just about to leave and head out on tour and There's this drug dealer who goes up to our roof.
And I like to play detective and write down every time I see him going up to the roof. I don't know what I'm going to do with this information, but I like to keep it just in case….
And so all of a sudden, I heard someone in the stairwell and I was like, "He's there again! And I was like, "Ohhhhh, they're having sex in the hallway! As many things as you can catch from sex—especially from someone you might have sex with in a hallway—you can catch way worse things just from that hallway.
I just saw his ass. It's a sight I cannot get out of my mind. 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]. 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? 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.
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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.MATT and KIM - Like I Used To Be (Official Lyric Video)
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. 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. 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.
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. More US and Canadian festivals followed throughout the summer. They returned to the UK for an arena tour supporting Fall Out Boy, including two nights at Wembley Arena and finished out the year in the US doing festivals, college shows and radio events.
The band performed at Coachella as a main stage highlight in April The release will coincide with a 2-month North American tour.
On March 23,they released the third single, "Happy if You're Happy", and put the album up for pre-order. 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.
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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.
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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. We've never done fast food or tobacco.
There's a couple things we don't mess with. So, I think you have to look at your brand and where it makes sense. Sorry to use the term brand too many times here. My outlook is—speaking of having the lowest ticket price—even now we still try to keep our ticket prices affordable.
We try to keep merch prices affordable.
If you can kind of balance that out with income from other places, I think that's really doing your fans a service, rather than having to only make all your money from their pocket. I don't think fans should get mad about bands doing [commercial syncs]. Exposure can be so helpful. Again, I'm so thankful to all the brands who've taken chances on us.