Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra x Erratic hat
You know how I started with my Australia throwback posts about Brisbane recently? Well, there’s a good reason for it. 🙂 When I was couchsurfing there 3 years ago, I met Matt and his now wife Freya, two of my absolute favourite couchsurfing hosts (a post about my stay with them is coming soon).
Matt is a composer and multitalented musician, who creates music with all sorts of weird and normal instruments and is essentially a one man orchestra. He plays over 20 instruments and even does that live with the help of loop pedal, so his music acts are truly unique and amazing to watch. For him pretty much anything can become an instrument and since I love his innovative approach to music, I asked him if I could use one of his compositions for my Erratic hat podcast intro. His music is always soul-inspired, beautiful and unpredictable, so I thought it would be a good fit. Luckily, he kindly agreed and now my podcast has an intro song!
We made a short video interview to catch up after 3 years and you can hear the song I’ll be using as an intro in it. It was midnight for me in Slovenia and 9am for him in Australia, so come watch tired me say “awesome” a 100 times and listen to Matt deconstruct the instruments he used for this song below:
P.S.: The video freezes for the first 3 seconds for some reason, which didn’t happen before I uploaded it to YouTube. I only realised way after I already went public with it, so I guess mistakes happen, ha? Sorry!
Another thing I love about Matt’s music is that he released his albums on a shirt instead of on a CD, so when you buy his work you’re actually getting a T-shirt with a download link sticker and I think that’s awesome. As you can see, I have two Matt shirts now and I’m wearing both in the video. He also did some great songs with social commentary topics in collaboration with other artists, like Welcome to the Neighbourhood song that we talked about in the video, In Colour about experiences of diverse Australians and women-inspired Birdnest hair, and I feel like his music always addresses the right questions.
So, what do you think about my new intro music? Is it erratic enough?
Thanks again for the music Matt! <3
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