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Cheryl Burke revealed that her boyfriend, Matthew Lawrence, attends 'Dancing with the Stars' every week, but hides — read her exclusive interview with Us Weekly. They began dating in but the romance only lasted a year. . Ray J Denies Commenting on Ex Kim Kardashian's Sexual Habits. Two years before starting the wildly exuberant keyboard-drum duo Matt and Kim, Matt Johnson met Kim Schifino at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute. Matt and Kim are an American indie electronic duo from Brooklyn, New York. The group formed The two began dating and moved in together after 3 months.
Broke us to the public. The money was nothing in comparison to the exposure and how many people learned about our band through that commercial. It was one of the best things that ever happened to our band. It totally changed my perspective on working with brands in advertising.
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Especially being [a] band that [was] not on a lot of radio stations, the exposure was incredible. All the feedback was positive. Maybe, at that point, [for] the people who are so concerned about what was the newest coolest thing—we were not that anymore. We were too aboveground anyway. I don't remember any hate coming off that. For a younger artist, who's maybe a bit wary of syncs or is maybe open to the idea but doesn't know what to do, what advice do you have?
It does have to fit in your brand. We've never done fast food or tobacco. There's a couple things we don't mess with. So, I think you have to look at your brand and where it makes sense. Sorry to use the term brand too many times here. My outlook is—speaking of having the lowest ticket price—even now we still try to keep our ticket prices affordable.
We try to keep merch prices affordable. If you can kind of balance that out with income from other places, I think that's really doing your fans a service, rather than having to only make all your money from their pocket. I don't think fans should get mad about bands doing [commercial syncs].
Exposure can be so helpful. Again, I'm so thankful to all the brands who've taken chances on us. You've always just been the two of you. What's it been like working with one other person that you also live with, and spend all this time around? How do you guys manage to not kill each other? On paper, the amount of time we spend together—we should have murdered each other many years ago.
But, this is an answer I've tried to give before, but I think it comes down to the two people. They also engaged in a two-month nationwide tour from September to November. They released their third studio album, Sidewalksin November on the Fader Label. This was the duo's first album to not be self-produced. Instead, Ben Allen, who had previously produced albums for Gnarls Barkley and Animal Collectivewas one of the co-producers.
When comparing the budget for the "Cameras" video against the one for "Lessons Learned," Johnson noted, "We spent 10 times as much money to make this happen. The duo released their fourth studio album, Lightningon the Fader Label in October They premiered the lead single from the album, "Get It," with an accompanying lyric video in January The band toured extensively upon the release of New Glow, commencing with a U. I think it might be a scientific fact that men cannot multitask.
So we needed our own workspace. Matt isn't very organized at all. I organize everything in our place except his computer. I'm the kind of dude that when the desktop gets full, I just drag it all into one folder called "desktop. Did you know for sure that you wanted to stay in Brooklyn? We both grew up in the Northeast, so it's nice being a few hours away from where we both started out. I don't know, it's a weird addiction. Did you tell her about how you proposed when we were looking for a place?
You guys are engaged?
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No, not proposed like marriage-proposed. After a year of looking, we were hanging out in LA and went over to my friend's place, which is a great house in Silver Lake. So I peeked at some real estate—it's so much more affordable than it is here. I was like, "Kim, we should move to LA. And I said, "Hell no, thank you!
You weren't serious, were you Matt? I was kind of serious. I think it was a desperate feeling. Yeah, not to get all serious but We don't see our families or friends a whole lot.
We hadn't found a place, we were stuck living in the place we're in now and things just seemed to be getting worse than they'd been in the past six years…. But luckily, we've had a good year. Is it ready to move into, or are you going to do any major work first? We're moving the kitchen from the downstairs to the upstairs, so that's a big job. It's a fully gut-renovated building, so it's a good slate to start with.
The dream is not to have a practice space anymore and just be able to have a room set up in our apartment. So we're talking about soundproofing…. Are you bringing any of the furniture you have or buying all new stuff? We have some finds—like a couple of old '50s tables and some cool, old chairs—but we're definitely looking forward to getting new things. We'd always see things we wanted and not be able to get them because we cannot fit another thing into our [current] apartment. We live in less than square feet now, and the new place is around 2, or 3, We're at the point where we're thinking about what's going to go where, and every day I'm going to the store to buy another home magazine….
I'd definitely like to get rid of all our [low-end] furniture. I think that's another grown-up step. Is there anything you've seen that you can't wait to get? There are a lot of great stores around [Williamsburg]. But I also know that in Vermont, the used furniture market is a lot less expensive.
We want to take a road trip with a box truck and see what we can find. We want a giant kitchen table, one of those really big tables with a thick wooden top.
Yeah, my brother and I did our homework at our kitchen table every day. We didn't go to our rooms. So the table's one thing. And we need a bed frame. We definitely need a really good couch. I want either two couches or a sectional because we're always competing and trying to fit when we lie down.
A Q & A with Matt and Kim’s Matt Johnson
And I always get the bad end of the deal. He just takes up the most amount of space. It's a very "old country" feel. The first time I went to Matt's parents' house, I loved it.
It's a Vermont-style house that just has this nice homey feel with, like, clapboards on the bottom and… What do you call that? You're not going to be able to explain this! I don't know, we like things that feel…like [exposed] beams and chipped paint… We like the old personality of places rather than super-new, super-clean.
It has to have a feeling of history or whatnot…. We're going to coin that. I don't think we can coin that because I think it exists. Do you like to decorate with personal stuff or buy made art for the walls?
We're definitely buying a lot more art now. In art school, we'd trade pieces, so we started building our collection that way. Now we're buying stuff. I'm really into buying stuff at galleries. He doesn't like to go to museums because he can't buy the stuff.
Like, they show it to you but you can't buy it? What are you most looking forward to about the new place? Well, it's just so gross in the building we live in now. Tell her what I saw in the hallway M: Kim looked through the peephole one time and thought she saw someone pissing in the hallway. But no, it wasn't that.
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It was two people having sex right outside of our [apartment] door. We were just about to leave and head out on tour and There's this drug dealer who goes up to our roof. And I like to play detective and write down every time I see him going up to the roof.