An Interview with Matt Keller // Lydia
Written by J-Bøp on May 28, 2016
The interview begins a couple minutes into the podcast, the songs played after the interview are listed below. To listen to the interview you can use the soundcloud player at the top of the page, or you can listen by clicking the ‘Click here to download’ near the bottom of the page to download and stream the podcast.
I had the pleasure of talking with Matt Keller, keyboardist of Lydia, [and towards the end you can faintly hear Justin Camacho, guitarist for Lydia] before their sold out show at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre, in support of PVRIS. We talk about how the tour so far is going, and discuss their latest album Run Wild. I also learn that the band is in the very early, initial stages of a new Lydia album, planning on another U.S. tour in the Fall, and will be releasing a music video for the Run Wild album closer (and one of my favorites on the album) – ‘Georgia’. Matt and Justin also let me ask them questions from my interview segment, temporarily named “Real Talk”. We talked about why NSYNC is the superior pop group, Pat Kirch’s beautiful hair, guilty pleasures in music, and Britney Spears. It was a wild time, listen to the podcast for the whole interview, and make sure you follow Lydia, me, and KPSU on all the social media type places below!
Lydia’s show tonight was incredible, as expected. As Matt discusses, they switched up the setlist and made some changes to the live versions of their songs. And these guys went hard at the Hawthorne. The changes to Past Life, the addition of the instrumental bridge to Georgia, and more, did wonders to their set. I saw them the last time they were at the Hawthorne, on their Run Wild tour, and was still amazed by their performance a second time. They absolutely delivered, and I forgive them for not playing Paper Love at either show I’ve gone to. They even turned a Portland crowd who came for PVRIS, and had many leave as Lydia fans. The crowd was unbelievable, clapping and dancing along to the songs, many pulling out their phones to record video, quite a few fans in the crowd were singing along, and, of course, the band had some new and old fans waiting after the show to talk and take pictures. If Lydia comes back to Portland in the Fall, I highly suggest people to attend that show. This is a very special, and very talented band that you don’t want to miss.
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