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This edition we spotlight L.A. singer-songwriter ANGIE MATTSON, as she departs on her first extensive national tour.
Angie first came to RARWRITER.com's attention in 2006. She was listed among the nominees in various categories for that year's L.A. Rock City Awards, and wandering through the contestant sites I came upon her song "Sabine," about an over the edge mother who murders her children then buries them among her flowers. Angie's rich and eerie intonations, coupled with her poet's sense of enveloping exposition ("Ssshhh...the children are sleeping..."), called for additional exploration. I found an interview on line in which she discussed her love of David Lynch films and of trains - she has been photographed, in ruby shoes and a black cocktail dress, lying languidly across the tracks in a Union Pacific rail yard before an oncoming train - and of periods of residence in exotic locales (West Indies, Tokyo...Florida), and each revelation added to her mystique. Or at least so it seemed, but Angie, before departing to promote her LP Given to Sudden Panic and Noisy Retreat, was good enough to sit for one of RAR's torturous inquisitions. ("Thanks for sending me these questions," she wrote. "I am home now with a chest cold and sore throat that better fucking go away before I leave. Ahhhh!")
It turns out that Angie the enigma may be a vessel one can pour a lot of imagination into, but Angie the person comes across as straight forward and surprisingly sweet. This is a girl RARWRITER.com has associated with "reservoir dogs" on the strength of her dark downtown vibe and her sophisticated sense of image creation.
Angie had a small role as Chris Rock's girlfriend in the film Head Of State, and provided soundtrack for the documentary So Goes the Nation, about politics in Ohio leading up to the 2004 presidential election. She also has done fashion modeling, but creating music is where her heart is. There she is the whole package: brains, voice, talent, face and figure.
This Michigan native, the oldest of eight siblings, has a sneaky way with a lyric and an obvious flare for writing radio-ready hooks. Her music videos reveal her to be a siren ready-made for broad media exposure, but Angie's telegenic appeal is peripheral to her artistic inclinations. The L.A. knockout is a savvy blend.
She will be an interesting one to keep an eye on as she extends her reach outside of her core L.A. community. It will be fascinating to see if the rest of America will "get" Angie Mattson. - RAR
Watch Angie Mattson videos on YouTube.com - click here.
You just played SXSW. How was that? Had you played Austin previously?
This was my first time in Austin. It was better than I expected. I went alone and met so many people, everyone is so nice. I played a great show.
You are also off to the east coast. I assume this is in support of your LP? Do you have a plan of action for promotional touring?
Plan of action is just to play great. My management is sending posters and contacting local news places etc. We are all doing online promotion as well.
You have been playing both coasts, and I am wondering if you feel a difference between them. Do audiences in one location “get” Angie Mattson more than audiences in another? What are your “best” towns?
This is my first tour really on the east coast. I think the response is
always good. It's harder in cities like New York and LA where there are a
million shows every night. The best show? Since they are all well received I
would have to say the biggest crowds that came out were in Erie, PA and
Nobody likes to be pigeon holed and yet people like me do it to people like you all the time. I routinely describe you as a “noir, Raymond Chandler-like character,” and have associated you with “reservoir dogs,” whatever that means. Does that bother you?
Ha. I'll take it as a compliment.
Or, is it just who you are? You specify, for instance, on your MySpace site that you are located in “Downtown Los Angeles.” Why “downtown?”
When I moved downtown a few years ago it wasn't much more that a wasteland. I
can live in a big old converted factory loft space for cheap. It wasn't crowded
and had a small community of artists homeless people. It has changed a lot in
the past 3 years. A lot! There's video stores now and a grocery store. There are
something like 50 building being renovated into fancy lofts. It's getting more
expensive too. I may have to relocate.
I think exploring the forests in Michigan as a kid. There's no real exciting
world there so you create one. Incredible things can be found there. And then
the trees are cut down and houses are built. By then I had a drivers license and
a car so I just drove away.
I like to be able to 'do it all myself' as a back up. It's a survival
technique. I like solitude in doses and I truly enjoy it. I like to have someone
to share experiences with though. It makes it more real.
Shy, simple, funny
As a male, I often wonder if females who pursue careers in entertainment or arts don’t feel a little weird about what I perceive to be an entirely different set of pressures. Or does being “objectified” just come with being a girl? Does this create any conflicts for you?
I don't feel objectified. If someone wants to drool or jerk off to me,
they're the silly dogs not me.
I am a very intimate person when I choose to be. I think my music and videos
are very honest.
I figure its best to just be me and if someone wants to make a video out of
it great. I tried to create a video that was more stylized and now I don't show
it cause I feel like its not me. All my videos were done with film maker's I
know, and they were collaborative efforts.
Well right now my music and my lover.
I am happy right now.
I think I need to get out of the city. I am not sure what is best for me.
It's on my mind a lot right now. I think I may need to live in two places at
once or on the road.
I like to play lots of different guitars so it doesn't bother me at all. I
think long dark haired girls look good with any guitar. I've never actually
played a show with my red guitar.
I have only 6 guitars. They all sound so different. I will be a guitar nerd
when I can afford to be. There are so many I want! My favorite now that I play
actually belongs to my Producer Nathan Larson. It's a pink 1961 Guild starfire.
My favorite acoustic I own is a mahogany Martin D-15.
This is my real name. I often wondered If I should have done the one name
thing. Maybe one day I'll just be Mattson.
When I was a kid I always answered "Movie Star" I never wavered
from that. I guess I was a little off. I feel I am doing what I am supposed to
Yes. My dad passed a away a few years ago, and it was hard. I realized how
much of what I did was to make him proud. So for a while I wasn't sure why I was
That was written for someone specific that I am very grateful to. That song
could be sung to a lot of people I know though.
The person (Nathan Larson) I chose to produce my record lived between there
and NY. He had a studio in Sweden so we just decided to go there. Plus how
amazing is it to go record music in Sweden?!
I do vote. Democrat. I like Hilary and Obama both. Maybe leaning towards
Lot's of touring. You'll hear some new songs on the road.
Learn more about Angie Mattson by visiting Angie Mattson's MySpace.
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