Photo by Shervin Lainez
The fourth Three Six Five Live Session features Matt Sucich, who met up with me at the Hotel on Rivington during CMJ. As a fellow Queens resident, I was excited to speak with Matt about CMJ and finding inspiration in New York City.
The Ruckus: How does it feel to be a born and bred Queens artist in the New York music scene?
Matt Sucich: I think it's great! I don't really see the whole battle like some people do between boroughs. Like when people turn their noses up at Queens, I mean I get that it isn't the easiet to get from Queens to Brooklyn or the other way around, but if we're going to Manhattan, it'll take us the same time and I might get there a little faster from Astoria?
TR: Is there a Queens music scene?
MS: It's small because there aren't tons of venues around, but there are a lot of bands in Queens, whether they were originally from here or not. Last night, I played the Outlaw Roadshow and after I played was another band called Hollis Brown and they are from Queens too. So the talent is there, but there's talent everywhere. Being from Queens is great since I don't really have the desire to live in Brooklyn or Manhattan but I'm still in this amazing city. Plus, I'm getting more space for less money!
TR: You've probably had the conversation where you introduce yourself as being born in New York to someone not from New York.
MS: Oh yeah, like hundreds of times! It'll be like "oh, I'm from Kansas, where are you from?" and when I say Queens they are like "no, but where are you from?" and when I say Queens again, there is a look of surprise on their face.
TR: Would you ever consider leaving?
MS: I left for a bit after college. My friends and I kind of bummed around and we drove across country together, ending up in San Diego for a year. It was great, one of the best years ever, but I knew I was coming back home. I'm spoiled living here. This is home and New York City as home is weird, but there's so much going on so I'm never bored. I find a lot of inspiration living here. When I ride the train, I seem to get ideas for songs all the time and it isn't necessarily because of something that's happening but a lot of songs started there and I'll write those ideas down.
TR: So you've done CMJ before. Aside from performing, do you go to some of the shows?
MS: I get to see a lot of my friends perform and maybe find something new too. There's a lot of energy out there and it's a great time. So I can do all that and perform but still get to sleep in my own bed.
TR: You released a song earlier this year, are you working on anything new?
MS: "Lonely Dreamer" came out around March, but since then I've been working on new songs for an album. 2015 is hopefully going to be a big year with a new album and a tour. I'll be playing at the Bowery Ballroom opening for Lewis Watson on November 16, so I'm really looking forward to that, especially to debut new songs.