Artist Q&A

Q&A with Matthew Perryman Jones

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What was the first concert you attended?U2 Joshua Tree tour 1987 (I wish I could say I was 5 when I went, but I wasn't) Where and when was the first show you played? (Feel free to send a picture!) A hometown yearly festival called Tucker Days with my band 'This Island Earth' in Tucker, GA 1989

This Island Earth photo

What is your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experience? [WARNING: rated NC-17] I was on tour with Ten Out of Tenn ( We had just finished a show at Doug Fur in Portland, OR. The bus was parked around back and we all had to load out around the block. Next to the bus was a dumpster...against the dumpster were two (quite attractive) girls--one pretty much completely naked while her girlfriend was openly and unabashedly pleasuring her. They did not mind us walking by some points we had to move around their escapades. I think there was an exhibitionist fetish thing going on. Needless to say, it was quite memorable. Oh, Portland.

Which of your songs is your favorite and why? There's a song on my last record called "The Angels Were Singing" that I think is my favorite. I think it's my favorite because it is completely in harmony with the though and emotion behind the song. It touches what I hope to communicate as a songwriter--conveying the thoughts and emotions that make up a certain experience. It's also one of the most personal songs I've written.

If you could open for any artist in the next year, who would it be? Elbow

What 3 artists have you listened to obsessively in the last month? Daughter, Beck (and Taylor Swift...on constant rotation...I have 3 daughters and there's just no way around it).

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A cowboy or professional skateboarder. I opted for cowboy.

What is your most embarrassing moment? I think I've repressed it

Cat person, dog person, or both?  Dogs. Only mid to large size dogs...if it looks like a rodent or an Ewok, it's not a dog. Bernese Mountain is the ideal dog.

Books or movies? Books.

What would most people be surprised to learn about you? I'm a high school drop out.


Check out Matthew Perryman Jones at Jammin' Java on March 25th!