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When did you first realize this is what you wanted to do with the rest of your life?
"I think I always wanted to do music for the rest of my life. But it was really right before I moved to Austin. I packed everything into a trailer and moved down here. My whole life, I just knew this is what I wanted to do. But I actually picked it up with some actions of my own by moving. But I always wanted to do this. I dropped out of college and this is the only thing I can do. So, if I don't make it, I'm fucked."

Speaking of which, what are your favorite things to say when you're making love?
1. A little to the right.
2. Is that your hand?
3. Matt! Oh Matt!
4. Dave, Jay, Dean, Dave, Jay, Dean!
5. Quick, get the camera!
6. Call me Julie

Whats the best thing about being in a band?
You don't have to have a real job. I'm a poser! I'm a hack! Ha!

And where is the most unusual place you've ever made love?
I wouldn't know I'm a virgin. No, it was a phone booth, right on the side of the street in the middle of the day. It wasn't very easy.

Do you have any hopes, dreams, aspirations, or plans for the future?
Yeah, I hope to someday have a really big tour bus with all the beer I can drink. And I never want to ever get up before 2.

If you could meet anyone, either past or present, who would it be and why?
Jesus. I'd like to ask him to explain lots of things to me.

Featured Artist of the Month
Matt Roberts

Lead Vocals/Guitar

Age: 27
Birthday: March 10

Where did you grow up?
"Rockford, Illinois. It's a suburb of Chicago.I lived there my whole life, until I moved to Austin in 1995. It's a large city and a great place to grow up. All my family still lives there."

When did you get your first guitar?
"When I was 12, my mom bought me this $89 guitar from Sears. I took that home and learned by playing Quiet Riot for my two older brothers, Seth and Neil. Now, I own 4: an old acoustic, and old Charvel, and a couple of Les Pauls. But the one I use on stage isn't even mine. It belongs to Jay. It's a beautiful Les Paul custom. "

Do you have any hobbies?
I love movies. I collect them. My favorites are Mel Brooks, like Young Frankenstein and History of the World. I also like the Kids in the Hall. I'm a big Bill Hick fan. He died before I moved to Austin. I first heard him on a tool CD. They had a small sample piece of about 15 seconds of one of his shows. It was fucking great."

What kind of music do you listen to?
I listen to everything. I have lots of CD's. I grew up with my parents listening to stuff like Paul Anka, Beach Boys and John Denver. I grew up in the 80's. So, I have all that stuff too. But I like everything - country, jazz, alternative. I may not buy the CD, but I know it's not easy doing this. So I can appreciate the work that went into it. To me, Tool, VanHalen, Beck, Beastie Boys, RunDMC, they all rock!

Who are your musical influences?
My mom. She taught me how to sing. Anytime I was ever interested in anything, she always bought it and made sure I had it. She's always been real supportive. She comes from a gospel background and Aunt Flossie isn't that. So sometimes she may have time with the lyrics, but she's always real supportive.

Do you have any deep dark secrets or something that nobody would ever believe about you?
Matt's reply is hidden somewhere on this site. Finding it could win you cold hard cash.

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