Photo by Kevin Eisenlord
Interview by Dave Cotton
Taco fest, Diecemberfest, Matt Bayles, the Whammys, Dixie Dave, Burger fest-the list goes on. These are but a small sample of the people and events that have been graced with the association of musician/promoter Johnny Matter. A long running fixture of the Vancouver music community, when Johnny isn’t playing in one of his three bands (sludge/doom five piece BOG, avant soundscape duo ELEVATOR COMPACTOR, and the noise punk outfit MESS) you can find him founding or curating a festival with his Apocalypse Sunrise productions moniker, at a show, or helping other bands. Today is a particularly meaningful day as it marks the eve of the inaugural “Whammys” awards being held tomorrow evening at the Wise Hall. Johnny and Rob Stewart from Suna studios came up with the idea as a means to recognize local artists in Vancouver and in the process- throw one hell of a diverse, debaucherous party. I’ve been wanting to pick the mans brain for awhile about all things music related, so lets get to it.
Svbterranean: I’d like to ask you first about your current sludge/doom band BOG. Your drummer Poib referred to the band as “the Captain Beefheart of doom” can you elaborate a bit for us? What are you presently working on?
Johnny Matter: BOG is a sludgy, discordant doom band that does things a little different than most of bands in those genres.
JM: We try and jazz things up a bit with the song writing with multiple parts and tempo changes. Our newer songs we are working on at the moment are a good example of that direction we are going. We all come from different musical backgrounds and listen to different things and I believe that’s what makes us sound a bit unique.
I’m the vocalist and noise maker in the band. We are currently writing our 2nd full length that will turn out late 2016 early 2017.