Matthew Schwartz and I have a conversation about his new album and collaborations! Enjoy.
Your newest album release Everest has been put out for the public after three years of hard work and dedication how does the final result of the album reflect on you as an artist?
I truly believe this is the best project I have ever been a part of. My collaborators and I were able to take the seed of my original idea and cultivate it into an unconventional yet familiar piece of art.
What artists do you listen to? Are there any albums that helped shape you as a musician?
Top 7 musicians: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Radiohead, Starflyer 59, David Bazan, Oasis, Weezer
Top 4 album: Kid A by Radiohead, Abbey Road by The Beatles, Leave Here A Stranger by Starflyer 59, and Today by The Beach Boys.
After the band split you decided to keep a less devoted lineup. This led to you to be able to collaborate with other artists, how did that help shape your new music as opposed to past albums?
Even before Pacifico became a collective I’ve always been a big fan of collaboration. However, moving to this model allowed me to work with a wider range of collaborating artists and enabled each song and album to have its own particular sound.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Sonically, my songs seem to always be rooted in music from the 1960’s and Brit pop from the mid-90s. Lyrically, Pacifico songs tend to be about the big questions encompassing this journey we call life.
Being that you are almost half way through your fall tour how have the shows been so far and what can the audience expect going into the rest of the tour?
We’ve been able to play several different types of shows ranging from coffee houses to breweries and restaurants, to bars and clubs. Each place seeing old familiar faces and making new friends. My wife and I are traveling as a two-piece, her manning synth and backing tracks, myself playing guitar and singing, providing plenty of fun music to dance to.
If you could perform with one band for one song which band would it be and which song would you perform and why?
I would like to say “Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead, but I doubt they’d wanna play that song, so realistically, it would be “Going To A Town” by Rufus Wainwright. I’ve perfected a harmony to this song many a time in the car.
Do you have any short or long-term career goals? Or do you just take your music day by day?
My goal is to continue to record and release music as long as the songs keep coming to me.
With the music industry changing direction consistently and many artists finding themselves either really successful or out on their luck do you see an opportunity for Pacifico?
All I wanna do is reach people and every day is a new opportunity to do just that. As long as people connect to my music, then Pacifico is successful.
When not playing or making music what do you do with your spare time? Are there any sports or activities that you enjoy playing or watching?
I love to cook, dance, run, do yoga, read, and watch movies.
Since releasing xMultiplyx in 2006 for the album Anthology your sound has changed significantly. What would you say caused the turn on your recent album releases?
Each album is connected sonically to the creative forces of the collaborators involved which inevitably leads to a different overall sound. Much like looking back at old photos, xMultiplyx is a snapshot of what I was listening to, who I was working with, and what influenced me at that moment in time. Similarly, Everest is showing everyone where we are right now.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing what comes next for your career.
Thank you so much for having me and supporting independent music. I hope everyone enjoys listening to Everest as much as we did making it.