|Third Eye Foundation|
by Andy N
note: this interview is mirrored here, with Andy's permission, from the original on his Rising Sun site.|
There's tons of other interviews there with the likes of AMP, Remote Viewer etc., so I suggest you check it out.
I could write a novel here about how much I love the music of Third Eye Foundation but needless to say I really do and to get this interview is probabily one of my happiest moments so far while doing these interviews for my website. To say I am over the moon is a understatement I am afraid (and that is not to say I do not like any of the other bands / artists I have interviewed, it is just Third Eye Foundation along with Flying Saucer Attack and The Chameleons are some of my favourite all time groups).
I first became aware of Matt through, first through his work on the very early Flying Saucer Attack, and then onwards with his work in AMP and Movietone and finally his solo work in Third Eye Foundation (which although he is involued with other projects still is his major concern). What is challenging in each of the projects Matt has been involued, right up to his work in Third Eye Foundation is the taunting, dark nature which can be developed through brilliant drumming and acoustic guitar in Flying Saucer Attack, onto almost spaced out lo fi country space rock in Movietone, even stranger territories in AMP which brought to minds in places of a more extreme / experimental Stereolab without the cheesy keyboards and flat vocals, instead developing sonic noises instead.
And then his work in Third Eye Foundation, in the beginning drum and bass music done with the use of guitars, on his first album Semtex, and then more way out territory from his second album In Version, which put him in a class of its own. Tracks on his third album "Ghost" and fourth album "You guys kill me" heading towards a more haunting drum and bass sound that is simply mournful and harrowing at the same time.
I got the interview with him, after discovering his e mail address by chance after trying to get a contact address for him for ages and ages and ages and failing and then one day after stumbling through a Hood web site, of which Matt has produced their last two albums, a link to a Third Eye page, an e mail soon followed and the rest they say is history.
Since this interview was done only a week or two ago, I have picked up a promo copy of Matt's new single "What is it with you?" which is really good, a move on from his last album "You guys kill me" in the sense it is more minimal, in places reminding me of a non classical version of Philip Glass in the feel for the darkness rather than the classical bollocks. And also look out for the Remote Viewer remix (of who I have also recently done an interview with them). Now that does bring new meaning to the word remix certainly. Really good stuff.
Cheers again for the interview, Matt.
Andy N - Dec 99
Andy: How are things and whats happening at the moment?
Matt: I've just finished recording the new lp so i'm just arsing about playing the odd gig and waiting for the lp to come out (jan 2000).
Andy: Can you tell us a little about the history of Third Eye. What started you off etc, etc...
Matt: Started properly in about 94. I was in Flying Saucer Attack got dissillusioned so I made my own record and that was it, the rest is quite literally a blur.
Andy: Who are you influenced by, music wise? What have you been listening to lately?
Matt: I love all good music. I've been working in an independent record shop for 9 years, I love good jazz, reggae (and its variations) electronica, authentic ethnic music, classical, Tim Buckley, Homelife, Love, Tricky etc.
Andy: What are your plans music wise? Have you got any more releases forthcoming?
Matt: There will be a single soon called What Is It With You and an LP out next year called Little Lost Soul.
Andy: What are your concerts like? Do you prefer creating music in the studio or playing it live?
Matt: My concerts are pretty boring; it's me stood behind some gear pressing buttons. I hate playing live and am happiest when sleep/food deprived in my live in studio.
Andy: When you're not in Third Eye, what do you do?
Matt: I work in a record shop or go out and get pissed or watch TV. I am also learning wing chun kung fu which is a bit of a passion of mine.
Andy: I know a lot of musicians don't like to catagorize their own music, but if possible, could you describe your sound / or style?
Matt: Not really, its recognisedly(?) me but thats about it.
Andy: What has been your strangest, best / worst experience of been in a band? Has it been everything you expected or as the case may have proved, not?
Matt: Too many strange experiences to talk about, but I would say my journey has been largely fun but also depressing, scary, boring, frustrating, literally mental, interesting and fulfilling, so quite nice really.
Andy: Can you see a progression from your debut album to your more recent stuff like on that Peel Session?
Matt: Yes, I'd be failing if I wasn't progressing.
Andy: What I like about the Third Eye music sometimes is the remix treatment you give to other bands and sometimes really turn a song on its head, mostly memorably for me, Bump and Grind, Hood and Navitagor to name but three. Do you find it really different reworking other people's stuff instead of just your own?
Matt: Remixing is great cause half the work is done for you. Also it doesn't really matter that much; however I'm very bored of remixing.
Andy: I don't normally ask this question but some of the titles of your songs are just awsome. Is their a sort of pattern to title selecting on your songs?
Matt: Most titles come from dreams, or just sitting on the bus or just changing stuff about, cause there are few lyrics the titles are the only way of adding a certain feeling to the songs. I try to have a bit of a sense of humour.
Andy: What is the orgin behind the name of Third Eye Foundation? It is clearly a name you had as far back as the first Flying Saucer Attack, but I am just curious?
Matt: The name comes from when I was tripping when I was about 17 I'm afraid.
Andy: Another question I don't normally ask is regarding a certain question regarding just one song, but one of your songs that I heard on the Peel Session, Some Pitying Angel really hit me for six. What was the idea behind that song and please tell me it is on the forthcoming album?
Matt: The song Some Pitying Angel is on the new LP but now it is called Lost.
Andy: Cheers for filling this and I look forward to the new album in January.
Matt: Cheers for the on-going appreciation. Cheers Matt.