Anonymous said: hi mat, i watched the two videos of rachel and you playing "survivor's guilt" on a couch wearing sunglasses and they made my weekend! hope you're having a nice day.
Those are from such a long time ago. Man if I knew half of what I knew now back then i’d have shot myself in the fucking head.
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Anonymous said: what was the columbine school shooting like for you? any thoughts or anything?
everyone was really shocked and there were lots of irrational people blaming everything and everyone except for the killers. the idea that kids could commit fucked up acts of their own volition was a new idea to a lot of folks.
i just remember it made me want to play Doom. i spent my childhood in my head. the world had little bearing on how i felt really.
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Anonymous said: Are people too reliant on being given answers rather than working at things themselves?
maybe. i am.
Anonymous said: Do you think Elliott Smith was a part of a sad fetish, or do you think that his public image perpetuated it?
I think he was around right when that sort of thing got started. I don’t think his music is very sad though, most of it is just how day to day life is.
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yadangbat said: i asked earlier about u angel u for uke but i pulled my guitar out now and was wondering what the chords were, if that's cool
Answer is the same. I don’t know but I think it’s in the key of A. It’s easy to figure it out. Also there’s no real chord parts for guitar just a riff.
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Anonymous said: how did you record songs like boy satan or anything off of save the planet kill yourself? i really like that album by the way.
It was all done live in one take on my keyboard. The lyrics were all improvised and i’m not sure what i’m even saying.
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Anonymous said: Is there any advice you can give me on recording and mixing vocals? I really love how the vocals are on your releases. Personally I get pretty damn satisfied with my recorded instruments. With vocals though I kinda find them to sound flat and not as full as I'd like them to be, also in the mix a lot of the time they come out sounding like they are on top of the music rather than fitting into the music. I'd say i own a good mic too, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Any help would be nice.
Have you double tracked the vocals? It’s an easy way to make it sound full without having to do much in the way of mixing and EQ.
I’d also suggest you pan your instrument tracks slightly across the stereo spectrum. Maybe only have the low end instruments center panned and everything 10-20% to the left or right, I do this a lot to help things sound on an even playing field and less blurry or distracting to each other.
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Anonymous said: what type of new ground do you want to cover next year with your music?
It’ll be hard to really say without people hearing “new alhambra” but that record really lays out my ideas for the next year really well. I want to make music that is more personal, not personally lyrically really but in the way the music is layered and constructed. There are lots of little samples of things on the new depressedly record that are from things that were important to me growing up.
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Anonymous said: Okay, so, what are your thoughts on some of Alex G's lyrics, like "Fighting" and "Hitting So Hard?" Obviously he talks about some domestic violence on his part, and I was wondering if you knew/had any speculation on what they're supposed to mean? (P.S. If I thought he was an abusive douche bag I wouldn't listen to him)
I don’t know what his songs are about. I know he writes about different characters and shit like that. I wouldn’t over think it.
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Anonymous said: a lot of people and critics don't like harmony korine and view him as someone who just likes to shock and spring breakers wasn't well recepted. why do you think this is?
I don’t know why critics feel the way i do. I just know I liked the movie.
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