Good Matters (Matt Goodwin)
If you've ever listened to Northwest hip-hop group, The Bad Tenants before, you're bound to have heard Matt Goodwin's sultry blues vocals.
With the stage name, Good Matters, Matt is a singing, rapping, saxophone-playing sensation. He's the one who brings out the soul in the Tenants' booty-shaking fusion of sounds.
And, while Mr. Good Matters will be playing music in the upcoming Relay Dance Collective show, "Music + Motion," chances are, the dancers won't be the only ones bustin' a move.
Watch and hear Good Matters perform at "Music + Motion" August Saturday 24 and Sunday 25. Shows are 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. daily, and will be held at Dance Fremont! located at 4015 Stone Way North, Seattle.
Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY and seating is limited so get 'em while their hot! [Click here to purchase tickets].
Q. The Bad Tenants have only collaborated with dancers once before during a show at Nectar Lounge. What do you think dance adds to live music?
A. I enjoy the energy dancing brings to the performance, it does wonders to keep people’s attention.
Q. Who does The Bad Tenants usually collaborate with?
A. Most of our collaborations have been with various producers and artists. We are currently working with Grynch on a track on the new EP, Eloquent Scoundrels Volume 2. It’s always great to get fresh voices on the track. It helps to keep the music fresh and does wonders at connecting fan bases with similar music that they might like.
Q. What are you looking forward to about next week's performance?
A. I’m excited to see the way the music and the dance fuse. Music should induce movement, especially hip-hop music. I’m excited to see how the music was interpreted and how it will be displayed through dance.
Q. Is there anything you're nervous about the show?
A. Nah, I very seldom get nervous. Just very excited about rocking the stage!
Q. Tell me about your involvement in the performing arts.
A. I’ve been acting since I was about 13, started playing saxophone at age 9 and guitar at 15. From 16 to 27, I performed blues and acoustic music around the world. After that, I moved over to hip-hop and started that whole crazy thing.
Q. You and Bad Tenants group member, Casey G., moved from Bellingham to Seattle within the past couple years. What's the difference between the arts scene down south versus up north?
A. The funny thing about the arts scene in Seattle is that since it’s such a small city, it’s very guarded about who it lets in. You really have to earn the respect of the city, but when you do, they will 'rep you hard.
Q. What's on the horizon for The Bad Tenants?
A. Hard work. Promoting and creating. Hustle. Hustle. Hustle. Once we get this new EP out, it’s all about getting it in front of as many people as possible, including tours, big festivals like Bumbershoot etc. Tryna make it big.
Q. What's your impression of Relay Dance Collective?
A. Bunch of sweethearts who love what they do! I’m a sucker for an artist, and these girls are out there doing their thing, lot of respect for that.
Q. What's next for you with music outside of your group?
A. I’m doing some work with my lovely girlfriend on starting some music together, mostly for fun, but I’m excited about creating with her.
Q. What's the advantage of a collaborative performance like Relay Dance Collective's upcoming show?
A. It’s super fun to see how our artistic creations can influence others and their art. It also hits a wider audience that may not have been introduced to our music otherwise. Mostly, I’m just excited to be a part of this new creation.
Matt singing in "Even a Hustler" by The Bad Tenants