About: Subject Matter
"The name of the band was very random, it actually came from flicking through an Irish dictionary, stopping on a page and putting your finger on a word, that wasn't how we intended to pick our name. Our lead singer was bored in class one day, when his finger landed in 'Subject Matter' in the dictionary he thought to himself "That would be a cool band name" so he decided to form a band and here we are today."
Don`t forget to check out Subject Matter`s debut LP "Smash the Mould" on their R&R World profile and iTunes
1. How do you see yourself in 5 years? What is your main goal as an artist?
In 5 years we would see ourselves playing to bigger crowds, to have people sing the lyrics back to us and clap along to our songs as we perform them live, that would really be the main goal as a band, to achieve that sort of a fanbase. It's a great feeling when people sing your music (or even listen to it on their iPods).
2. Can you name some peculiarities that define the music scene in your town/country?
The music scene in Dublin can be viewed a million different ways. For some bands it's quite easy to get gigs as all the "gig-goers" are into that type of music, for others it can be extrememly difficult to get a gig becuase of your genre and you're basically told "your music doesn't bring a crowd" which means the promoter can't make money off of you. Almost every second person you see in Dublin City Centre is a musician in a band so it is getting more and more difficult to 'crack' (make it) in the Dublin area, but nevertheless we carry on gigging and showing people a good time by getting them involed in our shows.
3. What do you think of episode 109? Which of the other featured songs do you like the most?
Episode 109 was great! We're loving the Australian accent from the DJ ;) All songs were great so it's difficult to pick one we liked the most. Each song had their own strenghts, the opening track by Fateful was very well put together whereas the followong track was nice and funky and more upbeat, but all songs featured were fantastic. As you listen it makes you wonder "How can these brilliant musicians who can really play their instruments not be known by the whole world while some auto-tuned, half naked b***h with no musical talent at all can be loved by millions and get constant radio play?". Sorry if that makes us sound jealous but every musician reading this probably feels the same way.
4. Is there a story behind your song "Death by Monkeys"?
Death by Monkeys wasn't even intended to be a song at all, it just kind of...happened. We were taking a break at practice one day and our singer, POK, picked up the guitar and started playing this riff and Jim, our bass player, asked what it was, when POK replied "it's nothing, I'm just messing around", Jim replied by saying "Well it won't be nothing for long, after this break we're writing a new song built on that riff" and that's how it came to be :)
The title came from the opeing scene of Toy Story 3. We're all big kids and watched Toy Story 3 when it was released in the cinema. There is a big red button with 'Death by Monkeys' written on it in the opening scene, it made us laugh so that's how we found the song name.
5. Please share your nearest plans. What are you currently working on?
We've a new song called 'The Antidote' which we love! It's a shame it wasn't written before the album was recorded as we would have loved to have had it on the album (or even recorded at all). We've a few gigs coming up which can be found at Subject Matter`s Official Site so we'll be doing our best to make sure everyone has a good time at them :)
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