Matt Good Interview

Matt Good (ex D.R.U.G.S.) recently answers Zack’s (from PropertyOfZack, huh) questions, about Craig [Owens’] decision, music, freedom and more. Read the full interview below.

It’s been a wild and surprising ride for your fans, and I’m sure yourself, over the past few weeks. Especially this past week this the confirmation of Craig going back to Chiodos and you guys all leaving D.R.U.G.S. How long ago did you make your decision?
What I keep trying to explain to people is that it wasn’t something we methodically planned out. It wasn’t some scheme or anything. I want everyone to know that it was something that we thought about. We didn’t wake up one day and decide this. I want people to know that it was a conscious decision between the three of us that it would be the best move to make. That’s all.

Was there a moment before you decided to leave that you thought you might stay in the band and record whenever Craig was available?
A lot of the stuff going on was confusing. It’s going to become one of those, “he said, he said” type things. Mostly, all I want people to know is that based off the information that was given to us and everything that was going on, it seemed like what we did was the best decision to make at that moment. There might be some people who might never understand, but I feel like for me to go into details would be too personal. People take what they want out of what I say anyways. I’m really trying to avoid anything that can start any sort of conflict because I don’t want it to. People are reading between the lines of everything I’m saying. There’s no bad blood and I’m not trying to start fights. We believed we needed to leave and it made sense to us.

It was really impressive to see how much ground the band covered in a year and a half. Are you proud of everything that you accomplished regardless of the ending?
Oh, absolutely. I’m extremely proud of everything. I’ll read many things about the band online, especially because of the demographic where I’m reading things. I feel proud of what we did. I covered a lot of ground, like you said, in a pretty short time. We toured a lot of the world and we got to meet lots of fans and touch lots of people’s lives. I’ve seen so many tattoos of the band and custom artwork and everything like that. On one site, people say, “No one gives a shit about this band,” but then I’ll read on another place that   it was the worst day of people’s lives when the news came out. It’s really interesting to see the extreme differences of opinion.

This morning you released a note about a side-project of yours. Could you talk about that a bit?
Kit Fysto is something that I’ve been working on for a few months. It was something I was doing on the side to experiment. I’ve always been a fan of electronic music and adding those elements into records. If you’ve ever heard From First To Last’s Heroine or some of the other records. It’s something I’m interested in, so I took it upon myself to do it on the side to start learning more about it as a producer. It was just for fun. Now that D.R.U.G.S. Is over, I decided to take that up as my main focus. I like it and I like the name. I like the point that it can represent anything right now. It can be anything I want it to be. With that in mind, I think it’s a good starting point for something new. One thing I want to say to people that read this is that there’s no specific sound attached to it. It’s not going to be entirely electronic or rock or anything. It’s going to be whatever we decide at the moment. Creative freedom.

Are you looking forward to not having a pinned down sound?
Definitely. I’ve ben playing rock music for ten years now. I love it, but I love other things too. Right now I don’t want to do anything I’ve done before. I want to move forward. I’m not trying to sound like an artsy fartsy guy or something, but I just want to try something new as a musician. Given the opportunity, you should do what you are feeling creatively at the moment. All these crazy ideas I’ve had lately, I want to see if can put them together and make some tangible thing that people, including myself, want to listen to.

It’s only been a few days since you’ve announced work on the project, but do you think your fans will be able to grasp onto changes in sound?
I think our fans will respond well to it. I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about dubstep, but it’s not going to be dubstep. I don’t know why that’s only in the news right now. I’ve been trying to explain that it isn’t going to sound like Skrillex or whatever people think it’s going to be. People have obviously enjoyed what I’ve written in the past and I’m not going to become a completely different person. I don’t see why they wouldn’t enjoy it. With that being said, I think people will like whatever it is.

And this will definitely be a priority for you?
This is the only thing I’m doing. A lot of people want me to bring back From First To Last, but I’m trying to explain that it’s not possible. The band’s been broken up for three years now and everyone else has involved. Our bass player is a tattoo artist in stuff. In order to get that band together, it would take so much work to convince them it’s a good idea. If it didn’t work out, it’d be on me. We were together for ten years and we made five albums. It ran it’s course, but I love the band. It’s just not realistic.

Will you take some time to write before you release something or do any shows?
We’re definitely going to take necessary time. I decided today that I’m starting the EP today. It could take a year, which I hope to god it doesn’t, or it could take three weeks. Sometimes things fall in place. I have a pretty solid vision for what I want to do. AJ is also in the group with me helping me out that is a pretty veteran musician. I’m hoping we can make this come together really quickly. I really love making music and I want to go out on tour as soon as possible. It’s the reason I still do it; I love it.

In a way, this is your third time starting over. Is it daunting, or are you just pushing past it?
It’s one of those things where you have to step back and look at it. I love doing this. That’s the biggest factor. Starting over and over again is something that I’m comfortable with, since it’s the third time. This is almost the fourth time in a way. Starting From First To Last was starting over in a sense too. Things come up and coming down in my life, which is ironic considering I named my first band From First To Last. It’s not that big of a deal to me though. It’s really easy to stay connected to your fans and the people who want to support you. You’re never truly starting over. You’re just backpedaling a little bit. Sometimes you pedal more forward than you ever have before. I just want to be able to have creative freedom at this point in my life. The only thing that interests me now is having freedom over the music I create. I’m tired of rules.


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