Sunday, October 7, 2012

Matthew Silberman Questionable Creatures The Interview Part 1!

An amazing debut! A sound that no other tenor player is currently working. Can you tell us a little about how the release came together and how the unique instrumentation fit into the sound you were looking for?

M.S. - "Thank you so much Brent. I'm glad you like the music. I've always known at some point I wanted to start making records, but I didn't want to rush into it or make something "just because."

At the beginning of last year I started feeling like it was time. I started thinking about who I wanted to record with, and it I kept coming back to this band that had only played one gig together in 2007. But something was there. I'd always felt there was some special with those guys. Last year we played 3 or 4 gigs and had a bunch of rehearsals before recording, and there was exponential growth in the sound of the group every time we played. We'd all played together a lot in various contexts, so I think so much foundation had been laid already. There's a certain common aesthetic understanding we all posses. I started to narrow down which songs I felt best represented the band and what I wanted to portray.

Sonically, it was something else too. Obviously there's an influence of different rock bands I'm into, specifically Blonde Redhead and Radiohead coming to mind, but there was also a type of sonic weight that I wanted, and a freshness to the sound. I also wanted a sense of timelessness to the recording. Not in the "instant classic" sense, although I guess we all strive for that, but in the more Einsteinian "time dilation" sense, where time is a plastic element that can change, expand and contract, make you lose sense of minutes vs. hours vs. seconds and just get lost in sound, in music. It's something I've never verbalized with the band because they intrinsically get it, and maybe there's something about the way I play or the way the music is written that helps this understanding."

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THIS FIRST OF A FOUR PART SERIES WITH MATTHEW AND YOU SHOULD HAVE THE OPTION OF SCROLLING DOWN TO CONTINUE READING & OR PLEASE CHECK THE LINK FOR PART FOUR AT:
http://www.criticaljazz.com/2012/10/matthew-silberman-questionable.html
THIS LINK CONTAINS THE LINKS FOR PARTS 1,2,3 ALONG WITH MY REVIEW AND INFORMATION ON MATTHEW'S WEB SITE AND MORE YOU TUBE VIDEO SAMPLES.