Originating from New Jersey, BAD BOY Matt Sweeney has worked across a variety of musical genres. He has worked with everyone, far too many to mention here, but most notably Adele, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Current 93 and one of my all time favourites, the HOT beat combo the kidz call – Endless Boogie.
He also hosts the excellent ‘Guitar Moves’ where he talks all things six and four string with an array of the world’s most legendary pluckers. A must for anyone who has even a vague interest in the guitar. Check it out here – GUITAR MOVES
Photography by Mike Piscitelli
1.) WHICH RECORD HAS HAD THE MOST PROFOUND INFLUENCE ON YOU?
Looney Tunes, a KTel compilation that I begged my parents to buy me when I was 3 or 4 years old.
2.) HOW MANY HOURS DO YOU SPEND A WEEK RECORDING/PLAYING/CREATING?
Not enough. Then sometimes too many. 10-40?
3.) WHICH OF YOUR OWN CREATIONS IS YOUR FAVOURITE?
Don’t really have one. Maybe Superwolf album because it isn’t my own.
4.) WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST REGRET?
Not trying running to fight depression when I was younger.
5.) WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
I go running.
6.) OTHER THAN FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHAT IS YOUR MOST CHERISHED POSSESSION?
Maybe the Martin acoustic Neil Diamond gave me.
7.) TELL ME THREE OF YOUR HEROES/HEROINES?
Jack Clement, Slim Gaillard, Debbie Harry.
8.) WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE IN THE WORLD?
Wherever my girlfriend is.
9.) IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE YOUR ART WHAT OCCUPATION DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE DOING?
Probably something to do with writing words down for money.
10.) IF THERE IS ONE THING THAT YOU WOULD WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW ABOUT YOU THAT YOU HAVE NEVER CONVEYED IN AN INTERVIEW BEFORE WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
My Dad was a Jesuit.