Date night at Matt and Kim in HawaiiThey may have come a long way from their makeshift living room sets, but the energy remains the same. We caught up with Johnson before the show to chat about the new album and wax nostalgic about the MySpace days. Do you hear that a lot about your songs and what does that song mean to you and Kim personally? We certainly did not expect that it would be bigger than our little scene that we were in. It still gets played as much now as it did back then. Hell yeah laughs. You also give your fans a pretty personal look into your lives through your vlogs and your YouTube channel and things like that, which is something that not a lot of artists do.
They started dating. They moved in together three months later. They've shared a tour bus and a tiny apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the past six years. Now they're ready to move on. They just bought their first place in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, and they're gearing up to trade their old furniture for some "grown-up" stuff.
When they'll actually find time to move is questionable—they just finished recording their new album and were about to head out on a US tour shortly after this interview—but we thought it would be fun to take them furniture shopping in Brooklyn. Just 'cause, you know, they really ought to consider getting a bigger bed. So, tell us about this new place you guys just bought. Matt : It's in [the Brooklyn neighborhood of] Clinton Hill. We both went to Pratt and we still have a certain love for the area— the tree-lined streets and stuff like that.
It's a nice, cute little brownstone.
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Kim : We're still having the contractors going in there and everything, so I have to say I'm terrified something's going to happen that makes us not get it. I've been a nervous wreck the past week. M : You have to think positively. I mean, if we want it we have it, Kim. Does it have outdoor space?
M : It does! I grew up in Vermont with nothing but outdoor space. My parents would open the door and be like, "See you later! I've been [in New York City] 10 years and haven't had a lick of outdoor space.
So it'll be nice to have. Kim is for some reason freaked out by grass though. She won't sit on it. She just wants to pave over it. K : I'm excited about maybe getting a dog though. Sometimes we go to the dog park during lunchtime breaks or whatever and watch from the outside.
You can't go in unless you have a dog. I always wonder if people are creeped out by us even being on the outside of the park, gawking at their dogs. There's this one kind of dog I want really badly. This is gonna sound so pathetic, but I have pictures cut from magazines of this dog.
Matt knows what it is. M : A Westie. K : Yeah, that's it. We already named it. It's gonna be "Shorty. Did you have a hard time finding a place you both liked? M : We did search for about a year, but we agreed on everything we wanted for the most part. Kim and I bizarrely agree on a lot of stuff, like way more than two people who spend 24 hours a day together should. Somehow we don't want to kill each other; that's the amazing thing.
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We're kind of the same person. We shared a cell phone for like six years. How did you call each other? M : We never had to—we're always together!
What was on your list when you were house hunting?
M : We wanted at least three bedrooms because we both do a lot of work at home. Surprisingly, for a band, 95 percent of the work has nothing to do with music. Kim's always answering emails.
We're just really involved with everything from the artwork to our music videos, so…we both wanted our own office space.
We've been sharing one room as an office, but it makes it really easy for Kim to turn to me and be like, "Hey, what do you think of this? I think it might be a scientific fact that men cannot multitask. So we needed our own workspace.
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 an American indie electronic duo from Brooklyn, New York. The group formed The duo started performing together in , and have released 6 studio albums. The two began dating and moved in together after 3 months. . denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory. Ayyy it's MATT and KIM we're the indie music duo who have a VMA for getting naked in public, are in the We're gonna start answering your questions at 6 PM EST. Where can I inquire about posting an ad with Kim's Dating Service? level 2 With your new album released, what was the weirdest thing you did as a kid?.
K : Matt isn't very organized at all. I organize everything in our place except his computer. M : Except for what?
K : Your computer. M : I'm the kind of dude that when the desktop gets full, I just drag it all into one folder called "desktop. Did you know for sure that you wanted to stay in Brooklyn? M : Well, yeah. We both grew up in the Northeast, so it's nice being a few hours away from where we both started out. I don't know, it's a weird addiction.
K : Did you tell her about how you proposed when we were looking for a place? You guys are engaged? M : No, not proposed like marriage-proposed. K : Yeah, no! M : After a year of looking, we were hanging out in LA and went over to my friend's place, which is a great house in Silver Lake. So I peeked at some real estate—it's so much more affordable than it is here. I was like, "Kim, we should move to LA.Xian, Kim, & Matt On Working Together In "Must Date The Playboy"
You weren't serious, were you Matt? M : I was kind of serious. K : I think it was a desperate feeling. M : Yeah, not to get all serious but We don't see our families or friends a whole lot. We hadn't found a place, we were stuck living in the place we're in now and things just seemed to be getting worse than they'd been in the past six years….
But luckily, we've had a good year. Is it ready to move into, or are you going to do any major work first? K : We're moving the kitchen from the downstairs to the upstairs, so that's a big job. We would always think, like, does anyone want to go see a couple together on stage?
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Soon enough, it became a huge part of their work as well. Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:. Follow us on InstagramFacebookand Twitter for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
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It might seem that musical romances are naturally simply doomed from the start. Oh, and did we mention that they once made an adorable movie that satirizes . Now virtually inescapable, Matt and Kim's music has been featured in .. They were friends for over a year before they began dating in Real Couple: Matt & Kim: Movin' and Groovin' - THE COUPLE BEHIND THE They started dating. Did you have a hard time finding a place you both liked?. The US alt-dance duo chat to Gigwise about their new album, and opening up />.
It seems like anyone that is on the top is taking a stand to drive the gap between workers and owners. Business owners are paying less, wages are lower and the price has increased for everything creating more problems for the people that actually do the work.
It is true, I am not effected, I have a few degrees and I am compensated well. Still, I have not received a good raise in years, if it wasn't for my great pay, I wouldn't be able to support my family.
Lifestyle Home. 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.
You've always just been the two of you. What's it been like working with one other person that you also live with, and spend all this time around? How do you guys manage to not kill each other?
On paper, the amount of time we spend together—we should have murdered each other many years ago. But, this is an answer I've tried to give before, but I think it comes down to the two people. My thing that I might almost tell bands is that rather than finding people who are really good at their instruments and you get in the band because of that, find the people you want to spend all your time with and have them learn how to play their instruments.
Indie-pop duo Matt and Kim have always been inexhaustible the Mad Decent Block Party and GoogaMooga Fest, and we actually did a show. That's how Matt Johnson of Matt and Kim describes the eponymous indie duo's early I wanted to start this interview by saying that “Daylight” was my anthem in to date and you and Kim did write it during a difficult time, during her recovery. High-energy indie-pop duo Matt and Kim play the Westword Music Showcase this starting the wildly exuberant keyboard-drum duo Matt and Kim, Matt by the device (Schifino did take it in the face once), and their version.
Because me and Kim, we were interested in each other enough to start dating, and then we saw eye-to-eye creatively even before we made music.
What advice do you have for how you can date your bandmate without the whole thing imploding? I think it is easier when it's two people. Financial aspects have never come in to debase the band.
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Since we've started the band, we've had one bank account. Any money we earn or spend goes and comes from one place. I think what causes a lot of problems for a lot of bands is money.
How it's divided, how's it used, how it's spent. I also think there is a lot of just shitty people who cheat on their significant others and there can be temptation on the road for a lot of people. Again, coming down to just the two people, me and Kim are very content with each other.
I don't know if that sounds sappy or if it just sounds right.