Matthew Good recently sat down for an interview with CBC music regarding his new record, Moving Walls, suggesting that the title was a metaphor for “emotional displacement,” while also discussing his hatred for fame and the confines of the new streaming-based music industry.
Reportedly, just before Matthew Good dropped his new record, he moved back home with his parents after he got divorced. Matthew has been busy lately helping his mother take care of her husband – his father – who suffers from dementia and also has terminal cancer.
With that said, Good claims one part of being a touring musician is that you get used to moving around a lot at the drop of a dime, so that hasn’t been an issue. Matthew Good first secured success in his native Canada in the 1990s but struggles to find his place in the new streaming-based industry.
Matthew said to CBC that he’ll always make art and music, however, in the past, he has thought that maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to just quit and write tunes for himself.
While explaining the inadequacies and unfairness of the music industry, Good compared the new business to a contractor who used to be paid $150,000 to build a house but now receives $7.99 instead.
Matthew claims it might just be a better career path to make music for his family and friends and then work as a “greeter at Walmart.” According to Good, immediate fame and stardom are hard to grapple with, another reason why he doesn’t like Virality.
The artist claims that was the reason he “sabotaged” his own success in the United States. Matthew rhetorically asked why he would want to be famous in another country, only to find that when you walk out of your house, a woman is stalking you or a man wants an autograph.
Matthew Good stated that he “despises” fame as well as the “entire American game.” He claims he wasn’t willing to play it. Regardless, he’ll continue to make art.