I am Matisyahu, AMA.
Hey it’s Matisyahu. My new album “Akeda” was released worldwide today. Listen to the album here. Ask me anything.
hell yes. I love that movie
Shalom. Keep making amazing music.
how do you stay so calm/peaceful?
Do you do or did any kind of vocal training with a teacher for that notable voice of yours? You sound awesome!
Yes, almost every day. His name is Darryl Lauer. He lives on the upper west side. He is my angel.
From a reggae standpoint, who are some of your biggest inspirations?
Bob and Sizzla.
Who is your favorite rapper, if you have one?
Your religious identity has been a big part of your public image, and your fans are always interested to hear about it. Do you have any strategies for communicating with the general public about what can be an esoteric subject? I ask as a religious Jew who's frustrated that talking about Judaism can be difficult because there is so much background knowledge involved, even foreign languages.
No, I enjoy speaking about it. Judaism isn't so esoteric. It's supposed to be a "real" religon. One that is very down to earth.
You've got great chemistry, especially live, with the Dub Trio. Will you be working with them again soon?
I haven't stopped working with them, so yes they will continue with me.
How do you feel knowing that you change peoples lives and inspire them with just one show? (saw you in Columbus Ohio 2 years ago and life has never been the same)
wow. thank you. That means a lot to me.
Which do you enjoy more: performing in a rock setting or acoustic? Why?
Both, I like the variation
Hi I like your music though admittedly I haven't heard much of it. My question is what song of yours means the most to you and why?
They all mean a lot to me but right now i get very emotional with Vow of Silence which I wrote for my son Shalom
Hey Matis. Been a huge fan through my whole teen years and your songs got me through some really tough periods. That being said, how do you feel your music and your role models turned you into the beautiful person you are today?
Well... the music I listened to was my greatest teacher and supporter over the years. I consider artists like Phish or Bob Marley my teachers. There music gave me strength when I needed it most. I'm glad my music can do that for others as well.
Can you explain a really amazing experience you've had spiritually?
I was just performing about ten minutes ago and had one while playing one of my new songs. Sometimes I get really into the music and then begin to pray and the words come from the heart.
Why did you loose the beard? :(
I grew a beard as an act of self expression, then it became an act of nullification, then i was ready to make decisions again about my life. As a religious Jew you can make some decisions but my circles shaving was not an option. I took back my freedom of choice and in the process felt i needed to shave everything off. To start fresh! cycles
Not really a question, but I want to thank you. A few of your tunes, including Beat Box from Live at Stubb's, are on my playlist to get myself ready for a 5K in September. I am not a runner, not even really in shape, but that beat fits my rhythm and I feel like I could fly down the sidewalk. Thank you for your music, it motivates in ways you may never know. -Sarah
I saw you at Summer Meltdown in Valencia. I'm not sure if it because it was late but you seem pretty disconnected. I imagine you were tired or missing your kids. I hope you aren't losing your spark?
Thank You for your concern. Even musicians are human. Feeling strong now.
What do you think is the biggest misconception that people have about you?
Not really sure. I try not to spend too much time thinking about what people are thinking of me.
I love your music and as a somewhat lapsed Jew, I have to admit that it helped re-awaken my spirituality a few years ago.
I was really excited to see you at the Bottle Rock festival this past weekend and while I enjoyed your new songs, I was disappointed that you didn't play "Sunshine," "Youth," or "King Without a Crown."
As a fan who feels an intense connection to them, I was sad to not experience them live. I'm sure you're sick of playing them, but do you see them returning to your live set in the future?
I play them all the time. That particular set was only one hour but at my headline shows I do play them. I did play Exaultation, Jerusalem and One day though. Hope you enjoyed those.
Is there any particular song of yours that you would say is your favorite?
I'm enjoying playing surrender right now
Love your music!! Just wondering, what motivates you to be different?
Don't need a motivator for that one. It just is.
Hey Matis, I was lucky enough to be at the acoustic gig you played in SoHo, London in 2010 and it fucking blew me away, best gig I've ever been to.
My question is, have you ever considered releasing an acoustic album?
Yes, and I have. Its called Spark Seeker Acoustic sessions.
Hello! Thank you for doing this AMA.
What was it like the first time you ever performed live? Were you nervous? Did anything happen before you went on stage?
What is the most memorable conversation you have ever had with a Fan?
I was really young so I don't remember but I do know there have been times I've been nervous.
The time in Pittsburgh someone told me they took a gun out of there mouth when my song came on.
Based on the premise that the spoken word is a creative priciple in the universe , if you were only permitted to utter one word in your entire lifetime, what would it be, and why?
love, what could be better
Do your close friends call you Matisyahu or Matthew/Matt? Would you say you get annoyed easily? How do you stay positive? And what is your favorite quote? (Just wanted to say I hope you're having a blessed day. I love love love Akeda and can't stop listening to Champion. Such a great album. Also, it's not a question but I wanted to thank you because your music helped me get through the passing of my best friend back in November. Thank you for being different and looking at life in a beautiful way.) p.s- thank you for taking the time to do this. <3
Matis except old friends who knew me as Matthew. also at starbucks, matt.
I try not to stay anything. let the emotions happen and accept them. I guess acceptance is what keeps me positive. Letting go and accepting things how they are.
Why did you choose to go vegan?
I am not. Hate labeling myself as things. Every day is different. I would say if anything I am macrobiotic.
What do you think of Jared Polin? Did you become friends after he was your photographer?
yes i like him
I have three questions so here it goes: 1. Do you get nervous when you play shows? And if so, what do you do to calm your nerves? 2. Do you have any plans to act in any more movies or possibly T.V. shows? 3. What is your favorite song of yours to play and why?
- no 2.yes 3.don't have a favorite, every day is a new day. I enjoy playing Surrender right now.
Hey! I know that each one of these are sacred. But which one of the Asaret ha-Dibrot (10 commandments) resonates the most with you today? For me it would be the third because I have a potty mouth. I completely adore your new album by the way. Blessings to you and yours.
Over the last year your music has become important in my search for meaning and journey through life. Thank you for your interpretation of important teachings and wonderful music.
What is, to you, the most important development we must make as individuals in life or a whole species?
I think everyone is different and has there own particular lessons to learn. Maybe that is your answer.
Will Aaron Dugan be on tour with your band? He is missed!
Thank You for taking the time to think so deeply about my personal life and where my time would be best spent.
Thank you so much for doing this AMA! I saw you a couple years ago at my college, and you totally rocked it.
My question is... What do you envision the world being like a few generations from now (say 2050).
Don't know. I think things are moving in different directions. Lets take music: Some of the worst most meaningless music is so popular today. At the same time there is so much wonderful music out there that everyone can have access to via the internet and apps like spotify or pandora. Things are moving so fast and it's hard to digest. I hope we learn to slow down and appreciate things we have. To be more in the moment. It's so hard sometimes. So many distractions. MORE more more, ya know. The more is in less.
Your music has always been a staple for me and every album just keeps building on the last one, where do you see yourself going next as a musician?
Maybe Africa. I've always been a huge fan of african instruments especially guitars. I was raised on the Graceland album
Matis!! Its your boy nofi from Florida! Will you be in Israel next year? You gotta come, ill be in Yeshiva and need to see you! Vow of silence is the most meaningful and powerful song ive heard! Love the new album! Shalom! peace onto you!!
Thanks bra. I sure hope so.
What is this line all about "yeshua maintaining the fountain"?
Well, after Moses dies, Joshua is supposed to take over as the leader. Fountain represents, the Torah or life force, or Wisdom. It's about moving through phases and changes.
what's the hardest part to write a song? what's your inspiration right now?
life inspires me, music inspires me, the people in my life, books, and mainly my struggles are what inspire me to express.
What is that sticker on your shirt?
Go Kings Go!!!!
Do you laugh when they make the joke about you in Knocked Up?
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