In a very special interview on MIMR, it’s not a band in the spotlight this time but a YouTube channel called Matter Of Sound. Who are Matter of Sound I hear you ask..well it’s the combined efforts of Hattie Pearson and Emily Brinnand, the channel is best described in their own words ‘hanging out in Manchester, meeting local and touring bands and having a good time’
In this interview Hattie and Emily talk to MIMR about the channel’s story so far, their favourite records and the future of Matter Of Sound
MIMR: A very warm welcome to MIMR, big fan of the channel from Video 1 to be honest. What made you want to start Matter of Sound and are pleased with its progress and reception so far?
MOS: After a few drinks and chatting about how we could show off Manchester music and what’s happening in the city we decided the best way would be on YouTube. It’s an incredible platform where we can share unheard music, events that people would otherwise miss and get out and about meeting new people.
It’s really fun thinking what we can do on the channel and it’s nice to have total creative control. We’re always looking to develop the channel and thinking what people want to watch and find out about. We love covering new events and this helps us to evolve all the time. We really enjoy meeting bands, promoters, venue owners and music fans. Another element we really enjoy is recording sessions with local bands too.
MIMR: If i have to pick a favourite video it would be the one with DJ Pasta Paul and all them records. Can you remember the 1st record you bought? And whats your favourite records of this year so far?
MOS: First record for Emily was Biffy Clyro and their album Blackened Sky. It was back in their days of alternative rock with a bit of screams in the mix too! Now they’ve cut their beards and merge into the mainstream the love has faded slightly. But I’ll always have a sentimental attachment to the band for the songs Breatheher, Justboy, 57 and Joy. Discovery. Invention.
I also bought
Favourite albums of 2015 (Emily)
Sleater Kinney – No Cities To Love
Stealing Sheep – Not Real
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
ALL beginning with an ‘S’ strangely!
MIMR: How do you come up with your ideas for your videos?
MOS: At the beginning it was all about seeing what was happening in Manchester music wise, grabbing a camera and getting out there.
We now have a few different categories that we try to stick to including Explores which is when we go out and about to different events in Manchester usually with a music focus. We’ve also got our New Band Up North feature, which was developed from Emily’s column on the Guardian so we champion an upcoming and local act. For our Sessions we invite bands to play a live track for us whether it’s outside in the cold or in an iconic Manchester space, including our wonderful session with The Slow Reader’s Club in Manchester Library. Our final feature On The Sofa is when we quite simply sit on the sofa with a brew and chat to our viewers about pretty much anything.
MIMR: We all love the Manchester music scene, the blog has featured many, Horsebeach, Flesh, Bad Grammar to name a few, whats it about this city that enables live music to thrive?
MOS: Manchester has always been a breeding ground for bands and has such a strong heritage and culture ranging from punk, new wave and electronic that it’s the perfect place for musicians to be inspired and create music from the soul.
MIMR: Many of your vids have been staged in the many great venues across Manchester, Do you have a favourite to catch a gig or just somewhere to hang out?
MOS: The Castle on Oldham Street is our fave. We haven’t done anything focusing on the venue itself but we hope to do a specific video soon when we share our experiences of the venue and its’ history.
MIMR: What can we expect from Matter of Sound in the coming months?
MOS: We’ve had a busy time recently including Emily heading out for Record Store Day and Hattie speaking with Hot Vestry. We have lots of plans for the future. We want to make more content for our each of our features. We’ll head to a few festivals in the summer, as well as do a session on a barge hopefully!
MIMR: Thanks for talking to us, MIMR recommends everyone subscribes to your channel, whats been the funniest moment whilst filming any of your videos? MIMR was when Hattie had trouble with the camera that time, sorry Hattie :p MOS: Hattie is always tired when we film at the weekends because she works overnights so often she’ll stumble over her words or just not make any sense. Also Emily does most of the editing and likes to embarrass Hattie
Here’s to more of that!
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