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Feature: Music & Gaming: Matt Johnson, Matt & Kim
Written Monday, May 11, 2009 By James Parkin

Matt & Kim. Who are they? Well, they're a duo from Brooklyn, New York who're starting to appear in all sorts of things. From video games, to TV commercials. Lets take some time to hear a little more from the band.

 

 

 

 

First off, can you start by giving us a bit of history on Matt and Kim?
 
Well I mean, Kim and I have known each other for years… about three years before we played any music with each other. We were seeing each other for that amount of time, and then sort of by accident because Kim was trying to figure out how to use this drum set that she was given, and I was trying to figure out how to use this cool keyboard I had found and we just started doing that together. Then a friend of ours found out and made us play a show, we were like, “We don’t have any songs… We don’t even have a band name”. We were just two people screwing around in our bedroom; we just got listed as our names. Except for at the time “Kimberly and Matthew” they listed us as, but we kind of shortened it and switched it around. Then we started traveling really early on, and just never stopped.


Have you ever been tempted to change your name from Matt and Kim to some weird wacky band name?
 
Well we were trying to come up with a band name for a long time, it’s just so frickin hard. The one closest one we got to was “The Scream Team”


*laughs* Oh really? How did you come up with that one?
 
Well, funny enough, when Kim was a little kid maybe you know 6 or 8, I don’t know, pretty young. Her and her brother and a couple of her friends had a fake band where I believe Kim played the tennis racket, and her brother sang into the pool cue and they called themselves “The Scream Team”.


Where do you get the inspiration for your music?
 
I think the inspiration to make, I don’t know, to be doing this is part of it I think is just a lot of people we know who are doing rad stuff. I think when people who are around you that are doing cool stuff no matter what. You know, what that’s involved in, like whether its music or I know a lot of people who do film stuff, that’s what I went to school for, or writing, photography, whatever. You know, when they do rad stuff, you’re just like, ‘Man, why am I sitting around? I need to do rad stuff too!” It keeps you working hard.


Are there any bands that influence you? Where do you get your musical inspiration from?  
 
Well, I find it that bands that defines genre, or music that can appeal to all different kinds of genres I find really inspiring. Like when that song “Crazy” by Gnarles Barkley came out, kids loved it, parents loved it. You could hear it at the club or you could hear it at the grocery store. Kim and I have been lucky in that we haven’t been cornered into one specific type of show to play. We’ve toured with hip hop acts, punk rock bands, DJs. Basically whenever people go out to dance and have a good time. I think that’s more important than the musical genre, just that sort of vibe.


In your opinion, who’s the best band you’ve supported?
 
I can’t think of a best... we really liked being on tour with Against Me, that was really fun. But like, there’s a band called BEST FWENDS that we toured with that we brought along with us. They were just so fun and so phenomenal. I don’t know, we’ve been lucky to tour with a lot of people we really enjoy. We did shows with Cool Kids, who is a hip hop act we love. Girl Talk, who’s a DJ people just go buck wild for.


What’s the most “Rock n’ Roll” thing you’ve done while on the road?
 
Most Rock n Roll Thing? On the road Kim and I tend to... Well, I guess we loosen up here and there. I don’t know, people tend to be like “Ah yeah, you gotta come to this after party it’s going to be sick” and Kim will be like, “Oh yeah, we’ll totally be there, just look for us we’ll be in the front dancing!” Then I’ll just and be like “Kim, I need to go to bed. I can’t handle this.”


Wow, you really are turning old.
 
I know I know. I’m really a big fan of sleep. I get a lot of sleep, well, I try to get a lot of sleep… unfortunately I don’t.


Why did you choose to sign with Artwerk? Did you contact them or did they contact you?
 
Well, I guess somehow through our manager and his longtime friend at Artwerk. There was someone he vouched for at their UK office and he was like “I would trust anything in my life to this fellow here.” That’s so important in this day and age because you talk to these different people and you don’t know what they want from you and what they want you to do. You get into these things early and you sign a contract and you know, how many times have things gone downhill so quick for bands. But there was someone running this office that our manger had known for years and felt so good about that it just felt like a good business relationship to start like that.


When you got your signing bonus for Artwerk, what was the first thing you went out and bought?
 
*laughs* Well, we haven’t been delivered that yet, so we’ll see. Lets see, what will be the first thing?


What’s something on the top of the wishlist?  
 
Okay, here’s one thing on top of the wish list. Health insurance.


*laughs*
 
I think we’ll put that, or drop that right. Kim and I have banked true success when we have health insurance. So I think that’ll be out first goal.


Sensible idea! Back to Artwerk, what kind of help and support do they offer to upcoming artists?
 
Well I mean, we’re just looking for someone that, you know it’s cool they’re different… you know they have these different… we like anything that’s outside of the box in a way. I mean, they have ties into actually our publishing, which is… wait. I mean… Artwerk, yeah, that is… they are our publishing company as well. Wait, I was thinking Netwerk for a second… I get confused, Netwerk is the label we’re not in much though, in Europe. Then Artwerk is our publishing. But we released out album here in the US on XXX. But Artwerk because they’re part of EA, a video game company, they have these new connections to these new media forums, you know. In this day and age you can’t expect everything to be how it was 10 or 5 years ago. And people who are their business plan is build on more forward thinking than trying to keep older things alive. Like the fact that to utilize or blood related stuff, like video game stuff now, I don’t know. I guess to think in new media terms.


Do you feel your partnership with Artwerk is a platform into future game releases or just a way to launch your career?
 
Well, no, I think it’s cool to get involved in the video game stuff and the whole other world where it’s becoming I don’t know. A lot of people when they think of video games they think back to the 8-bit Super Mario Brothers and the Nintendo thing and how it’s such an outlet these days. So many bands… oh sorry I’m getting a little distracted here.  Wait... um... but uh... But I mean again, that’s not the only thing, you know, now that were talking about Artwerk and early I thought you were talking about Netwerk but yeah there’s a lot of people at Artwerk again that our managers really have been connected with for a long time. And just again finding someone just finding that place that we feel comfortable and we trust and it’s exciting and it’s not tumbleweeds rolling around the offices and no one at the reception desk because we’ve seen that thing in the record industry at a couple companies now. And just places that’re still growing and building new waves. More or less it just seemed like a good partner all around.


So are you guys into games?
 
We recently got a Wii, so only on the side of drinking and having fun with more amateurism games. You know there’s obviously way different levels of games but were a big nature gaming variety. I’ve been addicted to playing Touch Grind on my iPod Touch.


Oh that’s fun
 
We spend like nine months out of the year on the road so we’re hardly home.


So your song “Daylight” from the album Grand will be featured in FIFA 10. How does it feel knowing millions of people will be listening to your music while playing games?
 
I mean, I think that’s like, just thinking about, you know, I’ve played things like Tony Hawk games where you hear the same songs SO many times, but if the song fits right and whatever it just keeps working. You just never have to turn the sound off. I like the idea; it’s one of the true tests of your music. Like, will this be too much for people hearing this so much, or will it be like something that just fits, just works. It’s amazing thinking of those numbers, it hadn’t even occurred to me.


Have you got any more plans on getting your music into any future games?
 
We’ve discussed a thing of two, so there is plans, but I don’t know at what extent I’m allowed to discuss that.

 
*laughs* Ok fair enough. Time for a shameless question, is there any chance you guys would make us a jingle for our podcast?
 
A jingle?


Yes.
 
Of what sort?


I’ve got no idea. Just something weird and wacky and wonderful from Matt and Kim that we can use.
 
Well, I will peruse, my… I have a bunch of stuff I’ve just been dabbling with little pieces with this and that. Maybe I can find a little piece. I can’t guarantee, but I’ll definitely check.


Ideal! Thank you very much. So have you got any words for advice for people looking to get into the music industry?
 
It seems today that if you just make good material it gets respected. Before, ten years ago, if you wanted world wide distribution you had to have all these suits behind you, you had to be Brittney Spears, whatever. It wasn’t the people who decided what they wanted to hear, it was someone in an office who decided. These days, you just put it on the internet like a MySpace page and you have world wide distribution.


Yeah
 
So like, as long as you do that. But I think the real deal clincher, just as much as being on the internet; you’re not real until you’re in person. Like travelling and doing shows. Kim and I, we started doing that early on. Playing in basements of houses for five people, then coming back and playing to fifteen, and then coming back and playing for one-hundred. Just have your goal to be always having fun. I think the second people decide they have this goal, like; this is where I need to be next year. You’re just setting yourself up for possible disappointment. But if you’re just enjoying every small success along the way, having more people at the show, hearing your first song on the radio, whatever. All of those are successes, just enjoy all that and keep moving.


Cool. Lets be nice and give you thirty seconds to plug in Matt & Kim, off you go.
 
Wait just a free form?


Yeah, just convince people why we should listen to your album.
 
Well... We’ve just... Okay, let me start again. Kim and I… I know I’ve never worked so hard on something in my life as I did on our album Grand. In so many ways, we did all the technical aspects ourselves just because we wanted this album to be completely us. From working in the winter cold in an attic that had no heat in it in Vermont in zero degree weather, to sweating in my bedroom in my New York in August mixing this thing since we had no air conditioning. It just, the things you worked hard on feel like they pay off the most in the end. I’m just really proud of it.


What’s your favorite song on the album?
 
Well, they’re all my babies, I can’t have a favorite. But I think right now, one that deserves some appreciation is um... a song called uh... uh… oh my gosh... “I’ll Take Us Home.” *Kim’s voice in the background* I’m on a little muscle relaxers; Kim wanted me to mention that. I’m a little out of it due to that back injury I mentioned earlier. But yeah, there’s a song called “I’ll Take Us Home”, the tenth song on the album, that I think is just a really well put together song. But it’s not something we’ll push as a single or anything any time soon. I just think it should get some respect.


Well thank you for your time and I hope all goes well for you.
 
Thank you very much.



And there you have it! If you'd like a bit more information on the song Daylight, watch the music video below.

 




 
 

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Comment #1 by MAXIBHOY
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 03:46:20 PM
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Not too sure about them, seem a bit wierd.
daylights good though.


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Comment #2 by xSiNx RaMpAGe x
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 03:59:08 PM
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yoyooyoyoyo


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Comment #3 by JustAFriend
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 04:33:39 PM
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strannngggeeee


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Comment #4 by gumppy12
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 04:41:35 PM
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is that really considered music?


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Comment #5 by Zmoke
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 04:43:21 PM
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These interviews are nice, go go!


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Comment #6 by Filter x360a
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 04:51:54 PM
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Matt & Kim are AWESOME!!!!! So cool you got an interview! Super jealous!


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Comment #7 by xXI A ROD IXx
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 04:53:03 PM
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I like it alot. Its werid but makes me want to listen to more.


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Comment #8 by xxXI Dave IXxx
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 05:15:27 PM
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And suddenly it has dawned on me that I have the talent to be a musician! The song isn't too bad, but the video is very weird. I would be willing to listen to a few other tunes, but must admit I'm a tad skeptical.


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Comment #9 by CoruptAI125
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 05:19:03 PM
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I always enjoy listening to something that breaks away from the traditional, way to go.


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Comment #10 by GOG909
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 05:24:59 PM
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i like it


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Comment #11 by Seiryu
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 05:25:57 PM
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Really? How exactly did the site go from having a member of a known, established band that just released their 5th major label album to having a person no one has heard of for their second interview? So they're on a record label owned by EA, great. So they have a song in the new FIFA game, wonderful, why should I care? They don't even play games!

It would be a much better idea to get musicians that actually are gamers and can comment on the industry for these interviews rather than getting people who have their music in a game, since 9 times out of 10 bands that put their music into games know nothing about the gaming industry and only did it for the money.


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Comment #12 by Seiryu
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 05:35:06 PM
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Oh, and another thing. On the unlikely chance that Matt Johnson actually reads these comments, this interview reads as if you speak like a valley girl. You may want to tone down the number of times you use words like "like" and "you know". Also, you don't have to say "I mean" constantly, considering you are the one saying what your saying, we kind of assume that that's what you mean. I'm normally not one to complain about a persons grammar, but reading this interview actually gave me a headache from trying to decipher what was meant at some points.

As for the video at the bottom, it's really not my kind of music. Usually I can accept the fact that just because something isn't my style doesn't mean someone else won't like it, as everyone has different tastes, but this is a case in w


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Comment #13 by Flyin' Chipmunks
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 05:42:34 PM
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fags


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Comment #14 by Seiryu
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 05:46:30 PM
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(Continued from #12)
which I really do feel that that song is just bad. It's far too repetitive and shows terrible writing, you think you could use the word "daylight" in it a few more times? The video wasn't anything impressive either. It's not often that I see a singer "overact" in a music video, but you managed to do it. The way you were moving you head constantly it felt like I was watching a bobble head doll, and I don't know if you ever actually made eye contact with the camera. The video made no sense whatsoever either, and not in the artist "it's not supposed to make sense" kind of way, but in they "hey, let's put a drum set in a refrigerator" kind of way. I can honestly say that there was nothing that I found appeal in the least about that song or that video, and I can't fo


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Comment #15 by Seiryu
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 05:47:32 PM
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(Continued from #14)
for the life of me figure out why anyone would enjoy this.


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Comment #16 by allen t is on
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 05:48:09 PM
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wow i like the song for some odd reason


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Comment #17 by allen t is on
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 05:49:51 PM
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like the stop motion too


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Comment #18 by zr122
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 05:59:47 PM
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The stop motion thing at the end was pretty cool, but the rest of the video screamed "we have no money and this is our actual apartment." The song wasn't that great either; I'd have to agree with a lot of what Seiryu said, actually. Matt needs to learn how to use less words but get the same message across.


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Comment #19 by Islandweller
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 06:00:43 PM
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Catchy tune!


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Comment #20 by Its Fooga
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 06:07:26 PM
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Lol Seiryu. Yeah he was a bit off but he was on pain killers so I guess that makes sense. The music was alright but not something I'd go out and buy.


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Comment #21 by L1E
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 06:14:57 PM
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#11, 12, 14, 15

Way to complain about every conceivable topic you could. I mean, really? You wrote a good 5 paragraphs about how much you hate everything on this page. I'm actually kind of impressed, you wrote your entire useless opinion. By the end of the first paragraph, I would have thought to myself, "Who cares what I think? I'm just wasting my time." Here is my one complaint about this interview: it's a direct copy-and-paste from the podcast interview. Other than that, it was an interesting read, and the stop motion in the video was pretty cool to watch.


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Comment #22 by Barry619
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 06:34:58 PM
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Utter gobshite.


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Comment #23 by Darkjay7991
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 06:35:46 PM
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@#11-14. Really you don't complain about people's grammar? You seem to complain and put in detail about eveything. 1 paragraph of your opnion would have sufficient.damn.


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Comment #24 by lazer9888
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 06:36:42 PM
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this is an alright song but i think id be annoyed listening to it in fifa....


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Comment #25 by alex31991
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 07:53:35 PM
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That thing is a girl???

Goddamn!


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Comment #26 by Darkjay7991
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 08:07:08 PM
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LOl @25. I see what you mean.


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Comment #27 by killercp13
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 09:20:13 PM
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What happens in the daylight again?


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Comment #28 by Lonsta DaMonsta
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 10:38:19 PM
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Seeing songs like this succeed gives me new hope that I can make in the music industry, seeing as how I can write more than a few chords and words that progress into actual choruses and bridges.


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Comment #29 by Hammer 5O2
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 11:41:19 PM
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Daylight is catchy. I think it fits well into a soundtrack for a FIFA game.


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Comment #30 by sam03mckay
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 01:05:27 AM
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damn it Seiryu, that was exactly what i was gonna say :P

anyway, the song was wank and so was the video


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Comment #31 by Blaze1983
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 05:30:53 AM
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maybe im missing the point here but what the hell does this have to do with xbox / gaming / achievements?.......



* Next week we show pics of jumpers grannies have Knitted!!!*


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Comment #32 by allen t is on
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 05:39:17 AM
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stop being haters their music makes me happy


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Comment #33 by dylanmannen
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 07:39:23 AM
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i liked the iterviw with chimaira. it's a realy good band. but Matt & Kim wasen't my type of music but it was cand of cool. i tryed to lisen to it on spotify but i think this isen't my caind of music. mor metal :P


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Comment #34 by Opayk
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 07:40:09 AM
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@Seiryu
And the last interview wasn't an obscure metal band? Or did I miss something?



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Comment #35 by kawakisatn ya
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 10:17:40 AM
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These are americas version of the ting tings. you can rant a rave but idk america seems to like copying other countries. Hate this type of music even though i admit it is catchy but as i said its just the ting ting but with the man singing and the women playing drums anyone know what i mean?


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Comment #36 by Filter x360a
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 11:33:24 AM
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@ Seiryu

I love the fact that you've done SO MUCH with your life that you can just sit back and criticize everyone else. Regardless of 'it's just my opinion' or not, be constructive.

A LOT of people have heard of M&K, just because you haven't doesn't mean no one has...and you don't have to care, no one asked you to - so don't read the interview if you are not interested.

You are FAR to critical. You must be a very depressed, sad person...someone needs a hug!


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Comment #37 by Freshmaker
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 09:32:12 PM
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???who


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