It just affected your mood, the happy songs make you feel good, the sad songs make you feel sad. I don't know what the hell. I think things fall by the wayside, you see it all the time with bands where you see their performances kind of... or the albums kind of, "Meh, I don't think they took this one very seriously." Okay, Jeff, what do you think of this? I'm someone who definitely struggles to find new music but-Matt McJunkins:Cool. They're always talking about shows they had been to or my older brothers were like, "Yeah, this new record came out! The thought never crossed my mind. Yeah. https://poppy.fandom.com/wiki/Matt_McJunkins?oldid=58520. "C" Is For (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here) E.P. Yeah. And that's kind of-Evan Ball:And that led to A Perfect Circle and-Matt McJunkins:Yeah, yeah.Evan Ball:Yeah.Matt McJunkins:Everything.Evan Ball:That's amazing.Matt McJunkins:Yeah.Evan Ball:Let's take a quick break, and when we get back, I want to talk about this awesome new band I just found called The Beta Machine.Matt McJunkins:Fuck yes.Evan Ball:Today's episode is brought to you by the Ernie Ball Axis Capo, featuring a dual radius design that conforms to both curved and flat breadboards, ensuring buzz free play. Whereas, being in Boston, I think I would've felt a lot more isolated and just didn't really know... And I had my buddy Andy, same Andy Fraga Jr. who's good friends with my brother the drummer. And he had a little boombox, and I just remember looking at it and looking in the liner notes, it looked so futuristic and sci-fi and like... Of course, I was very into Star Wars, and still am, and so there was a connection with like that sci-fi thing. Queens had already developed into this fucking rad, big, bigger thing. They were just little rifts and little just bass and drums, but we enjoyed the process of just working and creating together. You can still write the same music, and you can make a choice to play a certain way, even if you know how to not play that way. And of course, being able to play and sing the way he did, I thought, that always blew my mind. I'm holding it down. Early 2011, McJunkins also toured as 30 Seconds To Mars’ bassist. Between all … I guess I'm a drummer. What about vocals?" McJunkins recently completed touring with A Perfect Circle this summer and is currently on a winter tour with Puscifer. And that's still ever evolving. After graduating high school, he went on to study at the world renowned Musician's Institute in Los Angeles. And then, it's his drum kit, so he would get, "All right, get off the thing. Well, I have to pay my rent. You're playing these giant, elaborately staged shows. In September of 2010, his connection with A Perfect Circle led to a fall tour, for which Matt was asked to join on bass alongside co-founders Billy Howerdel and Maynard James Keenan with Josh Freese(Weezer, NIN) on drums and James Iha(Smashing Pumpkins) on guitar. Songs for the Deaf was out. I thought that was great. I think, in some roundabout way, playing with Ashes led to 30 Seconds to Mars. I don't want to do that." It's terrible. Obviously, if you're a fucking nutcase or you have a substance abuse problems or anything like that, that's obviously going to be hard for somebody to deal with. Since then, Matt has been involved in many diverse projects across the realm of rock music. March 19, 1983 So, when did you start playing bass and how did it come about?Matt McJunkins:Yeah, so I started off, I was a drummer. And then, once in a while, he'd be like, "Yeah, I'll show you how to play this ACDC beat or this Def Leppard beat or something." But yeah, I can just focus on that one thing and how that relates to everyone else.Evan Ball:Who are your big influences?Matt McJunkins:When I first started getting into playing bass, what I was listening to at the time a lot was a shitload of Rush, Yes, Primus, a lot of that, I guess you can call it, progressive. Before you got in those bands, you actually moved out to LA from the desert to study music?Matt McJunkins:Yeah. So this is a band that you play bass in and sing, and I'm assuming write most of the material?Matt McJunkins:Jeff and I write the material together.Evan Ball:Okay. If you get to schooled in your instrument, do you run the risk of losing your mojo? Who cares? So, around that time, or just before my brother Eric had gotten his first drum set, and that was a big deal. © 2019 Musicians Institute All rights reserved. That's what I'm going to do for awhile until I get tired of it. That's certainly my priority at the moment, as it is Jeff's. And I guess you could say Primus is progressive, alternative. Program requirements, tuition, and course information for MI's on-campus and online programs. And obviously, bands where the bass took on a very unique role.Evan Ball:Sure.Matt McJunkins:Yeah. Matt eventually also joined A Perfect Circle, which, of course, is fronted by Maynard, the singer of Tool, who also has another band Puscifer, which Matt also joined. Thank you.Evan Ball:Yeah. You want to be an artist, go to an art school because not only are you receiving the information and getting the advice, you're also getting the experience, you're working with other people, you're learning just from your peers, also your teachers. Matt McJunkins, Location Management: Dulcinea. Towards the end of high school, it was very clear in my mind that that's what I wanted to do, is either Berklee in Boston or MI in Hollywood. You have festivals, Coachella [crosstalk 00:09:35]Matt McJunkins:Now, well at Coachella-Evan Ball:... obviously.Matt McJunkins:Yeah.Evan Ball:Who?Matt McJunkins:Check please. Essential by Soulwax, Seeds by TV On The Radio. And I think it shows. At least I know one guy out here in this fucking massive city. And I'm very, very, very grateful for that. You just have more skills. It was like, "Okay, I have all this information, I have all these new skills. Matt McJunkins Eagles of Death Metal / A Perfect Circle / The Beta Machine “ I love having pedals that have a unique character to them. Thanks again to Matt McJunkins. And yeah, I really enjoyed it. I was like, "Oh my God, that is the most genius thing that I..." I just didn't think about it. We'll also get the backstory on his band, The Beta Machine, which he founded with drummer Jeff Friedl. And yeah, absolutely. It's always on. He went on to play in his high school marching and concert band. Matt McJunkins, welcome to the podcast.Matt McJunkins:Thank you very much for having me.Evan Ball:I'd like to start in the beginning, when did you start playing?Matt McJunkins:I was born.Evan Ball:Yeah, how did your grandparents meet? ... all-region and all-district as a senior ... coached by Rick Hickenbottom.• Also on the baseball, golf, and track teams. Just kidding. Available in four finishes, get your Ernie Ball Axis Capo at your favorite guitar store today. But if you're cool and just mellow, you will find yourself working. Like, "No, I have my own fucking drum kit." Matt McJunkins Eagles of Death Metal / A Perfect Circle / The Beta Machine “ I love having pedals that have a unique character to them. It gets everybody. "Matt McJunkins:Another thing, this should be obvious, but be able to put in the work. He is best known for being the bassist for the rock band A Perfect Circle, as well as a touring bassist for the Eagles of Death Metal. But the most skilled person can still make a piece of fucking garbage if they have poor taste or what's considered to be poor taste to someone else. Good stuff.Matt McJunkins:Yeah, man.Evan Ball:Matt McJunkins, thanks for being on the podcast.Evan Ball:Thanks again for tuning into Striking A Chord. In today's episode, I'll be speaking with bass player Matt McJunkins. I think Pictures was the first one and-Evan Ball:Great song.Matt McJunkins:Thanks, man.Evan Ball:Yeah.Matt McJunkins:Thank you.Evan Ball:On the EP.Matt McJunkins:Yep. Personal• Born: July 6, 1983 ... Major: Management ... Parents: Johnny and Daryl McJunkins.• Hobbies include fishing, golfing, and hunting ... would like to meet Brad Paisley and George Strait ... would like to travel to Colorado ... favorites include 8 Seconds (movie), Tom Hanks (actor), and the Green Bay Packers. Our admissions department is available to answer your questions, give us a call! I think I was probably complaining about it. I just scoff at those things because you're still going to be you. We'll also discuss going to school for music. I'm here with Matt McJunkins, bass player of A Perfect Circle and The Beta Machine. Occupations And I graduated 2001 from high school, and I moved out the next year. Someone needs to pay me to play gigs." Musician And then, the more we thought about it, the further down the road we got, we were like, '"This is going to be a fucking pain in the ass. I love the newest Failure record. Twitter So, I think it was just a natural... And both my brothers and my mom and everyone just listened to music all the time. Matt McJunkins on stage with Puscifer. Guess what? Matt McJunkins is an American musician. Welcome to Striking A Cord, a podcast presented by Ernie Ball. Because that's the other thing, too, is like once you do play with a band like that, people go like, "Okay, this guy's like... You can-"Evan Ball:You can rely on this guy.Matt McJunkins:Yeah.Evan Ball:He's a professional.Matt McJunkins:Exactly. And so, I would just sit there with him while he's playing drums. It was for my birthday. Quick single-handed operation allows for fast and accurate key changes. 22.5k people follow @mattmcjunkins's Instagram account. 2002• Played in two games in 2002 ... saw action against North Alabama and West Alabama ... missed much of the season due to a knee injury. It was very inspiring to be around other people.Evan Ball:Yeah, and your immersing yourself.Matt McJunkins:Yeah.Evan Ball:Yeah.Matt McJunkins:Being around other people that are doing the same shit that you wanted to do, I think is very helpful, very inspiring. And that's with Billy Howardel from Perfect Circle, as well. Previous School• Played center and defensive tackle at Mineral Springs High School in Mineral Springs, Ark. Listened to those guys for a long time. How do you think about your different bands?Matt McJunkins:I mean, yeah, they're so, obviously, different in those very obvious ways of the sized shows that we play, but I mean, yeah. This is kind of fun." Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Where am I?Evan Ball:So, let's see, so Ashes Divide, was that-Matt McJunkins:[inaudible 00:14:43] on a journey. Where can listeners look up your stuff, follow you?Matt McJunkins:Somewhere over the rainbow and also online on all the things. Or if a band needs a rolodex of instrumentalists or singers or whatever, he's the guy to call, and he has been for years. Coachella, I think the first year of Coachella was '99, I think. Yeah.Matt McJunkins:Better to have webbed feet than be an arsonist.Evan Ball:Yeah.Matt McJunkins:At least he's not. I don't know, do something in film. Matt will also talk about growing up playing music in the desert. Matt McJunkins has emerged as one of the most sought-after bassists in American rock music today.
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