dave matthews You have a lot on your mind.
“What inspired the new one?” Dave Matthews Group album?” pauses for a moment and then empties. According to his account,Walking Around the Moon” (today via RCA) refers to: their children; “the futility of our struggles” as a human race; gun violence; he sees it; modern political discourse; gratitude.
But then he takes a step back and talks about how he thinks: “The sheer dimension of how impossible it is for us to be here, to exist. What an awe-inspiring event and this planet is so welcoming.”
It’s a sentiment that’s been central to Matthews’ songwriting for decades. One of her earliest hits, the gentle fan-favourite, “Satellite,” caused the singer to adore the cuff device spinning across the cosmos: “Look up, look down, everywhere.” It’s his passion for living that drives him to become one of the most successful rock artists of all time.
“Moon”, DMB’s tenth studio album and first in five years, is the band’s epidemic record as social isolation and slow pace of life allow Matthews to use what he calls “selfish time”. it went even further before someone else said ‘This is great’. I was able to finish some ideas a bit more before another qualified person was involved, which gave me some freedom.
From there, the band produced new melodies along with circulating old songs and synthesized the mix as “Moon”. It’s a process that Matthews jokingly refers to as “very messy.” Still, he agrees with Prince’s mantra about the creative process, describing his pop genius: “When you finish something, then you know it’s right.”
Even before the recording is released, Matthews tests his instincts in front of an audience by playing new material to see what will impress fans the most. The Dave Matthews Band is consistently one of the best live performances in the country, even between album cycles, and the lead singer says he can already tell that some of the new tracks are catching a fire that could make them a place on ever-changing set lists.
“[Debut single] The crowd went quiet the first time we played ‘Madman’s Eyes’ and it has an ominous side to it, but it’s funny how the energy of that song has got people moving.” When the vocal part comes together, things seem almost impossible.”
Matthews’ quest to combine his hopes for the world with a dynamic experience for fans is at the core of DMB’s existence. The 2023 summer tours will be produced in partnership with the non-profit green tour REVERB and the Nature Conservancy, with whom DMB has worked with for many years to work with fans to plant a million trees and offset all carbon. emissions from walking. And beyond presenting audiences with new tunes, Matthews is ready to dance and make them happy with old favorites.
When asked the impossible question of which DMB song he thinks will define his legacy, Matthews can’t help but sing a few songs not to classify the musically adventurous seven.
“What I want to bring to people is joy,” he said. “Now, I think it’s a song like ‘Rapunzel’… I think it’s a great example for us. A friend once asked me what to do, I think the best songs I’ve ever written were because I was pouting a little and said, ‘Don’t Drink the Water. And he said, “Whenever you doubt yourself, just remember that song.” Another song that resonates this way for me is ‘Gravedigger’. It’s the idea that everyone has a remarkable life story.”
Then Matthews pauses again, perhaps thinking about the extraordinary life story he has created for himself.