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Recently, Dave Matthews sat down with Sirius XM’s Ari Fink to discuss a wide range of topics at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. In a conversation that can be streamed on YouTube in separate segments, the musician shared an update on Dave Matthews Band’s upcoming album, their current tour, and current issues facing American politics.
In a dialogue between Fink and Matthews, the artist gave an update on his band’s latest studio attempt: “I’m really excited about it, but every time I walk into the studio and we listen mixes, I’m like, ‘Ooh,’ and then, you know, there’s another little song.
Fink replied, “You guys are very focused on the album that we’re enjoying and we know these things take time and, you know, we look forward to new music whenever it comes. I imagine that last 1% or last half a percent or maybe even once you hit 99.9%, that last 0.1% of the record must be so impossible.
Matthews added: “Yeah. This is the game. It’s kind of, it’s kind of hard to clean it all up and so, you know, it’s not even like sweeping things together in the sequence and getting the art and all those things aren’t, you know, necessarily necessary, but I’m because I’m old, I’m attached to the idea of a collection. Maybe the next collection of songs will just be songs that we post on the internet. He continued, “Or streaming. I mean, wherever you put it. The whole world is a spider’s web.”
Their conversation then turned to politics, and Matthews offered his perspective on justifying government decisions by religious belief: “I think this is a very serious time. I’m not anti-Christian or anti-religion, but you know, if the way people talk about Christianity and how this government should be run by Christian ideals, and we have to weed out these people who are examples of non-Christian or immoral behavior, this is very dangerous language and it may seem like it comes from a good place, but this language can be exploited and it is very dangerous language”
Senior director of music programming at Sirius XM Fink replied, “Absolutely man and when you parse the language it’s really terrifying because we’ve seen this movie before, I mean, through history like you mentioned it. It’s just crazy and I’m so glad you’re here to answer it.
The conversation continued with Matthews adding some thoughts on the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, who once granted women in the United States the right to legal and safe abortions. He also spoke about gun control in the wake of the increase in violence, saying, “The beliefs of a few people are, you know, satisfied while the rights of a lot more people are taken away, whether it’s the right to feel free from guns. violence in a public square or the right to control your own body, you know, and that’s the part that’s kind of I think the reason there’s a visceral response is unless you support those things, your beliefs and your hopes or what you think is right or your freedoms are violated, so it smells different.
Fink asked, “Because they call it freedom?” To which Matthews replied, “Well, and when it breaks, that’s the part, you know? It is the reduction of rights. So those decisions are kind of, to me, seem unique in that way. Usually the decisions have been in the opposite direction, whether it’s about, you know, hate crimes or freedom or civil rights or a lot of those decisions that are made kind of increase who’s protected and that’s not was not the case. This is currently not the case. So hopefully we can get the other branches of government to act, to protect people from these things. Protect people’s rights.
The two spoke at greater length about these topics, and the full conversations can be streamed on Sirius XM’s YouTube channel now or below.