Dave Matthews discusses politics and religion, shares album update in SiriusXM interview [Videos]
David Matthews recently sat down for an interview with SiriusXMit is Ari Fink at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York. The two discussed a range of topics from politics and religion to the Dave Matthews Band’s upcoming album and the ongoing summer tour.
The high-profile conversation began with an update on new music: “I think we’ve got a great record,” shared Dave Matthews, referencing the upcoming Dave Matthews Band album. “We finished, for now, the recording, then we mixed and my friend, Rob Evans, who was really the force behind doing it and was a big, you know, it wouldn’t have happened without him and it was fun working with him. And so, basically, we just have to put it in the bag and send it out into the world. He added, “[Every] When I walk into the studio and we’re listening to mixes, I’m like, “Ooh,” and then, you know, there’s another little song.
Ari Fink chimed in, suggesting, “[That] the last 1% or the last half a percent or maybe even once you hit 99.9%, that last 0.1% of the record must be so impossible,” to which Matthews responded by saying that the One of the biggest challenges was turning the collection of songs into an album.
“It’s kind of, it’s kind of hard to clean it 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 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 put on the Internet. … Or streaming. I mean, wherever you put it. The whole world is a spider’s web,” Matthews said.
Dave Matthews shares an update on the new album
The conversation then shifted from music to treacherous topics of politics and religion. Dave Matthews explained that he considers the justification of government decisions by religious beliefs as a “slippery slope”.
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. And obviously people react when that name comes up, but if you look at the old speeches of people like Hitler or Idi Amin and they speak for the greater good of justice to, you know, fight ungodliness, that it’s a precursor to potentially terrible, terrible, terrible times because you listen to the ideas of a small group and that small group gets tapped into the ideas of an even smaller group and that brings people from the margins into the mainstream, but it also takes the mainstream in marginal ideas and ideas that should be marginalized like speaking for God or speaking for what is right or speaking for judgment, being the judge in the name of God. It’s terrible, terrible, terrible rhetoric and it’s terrifying to me because this stuff doesn’t happen slowly. We must be vigilant in this country to avoid falling into the hands of people who will not let it return without a much more desperate fight than the one we are fighting now.
… [As] as soon as morality becomes a tool to exclude people or include a small percentage of people and oppress people because they are considered immoral or bad, as soon as that happens, as politics, things start to fall apart and, you know unfortunately very often in these cases the people, the minority, the radicals who don’t like to be called radicals are much more willing to do harm and much more willing to pull the trigger and commit violence and it’s just something we should do more than we hope to do away with, and even if it’s our drowning hope, we should do more with it than without it.
Dave Matthews Discusses the Justification of Government Decisions by Religious Beliefs
Then Ari and Dave delved into the topics of guns and abortion rights: “A few people’s beliefs are, you know, satisfied while…many more people’s rights are being taken away, than what is the right to feel safe from firearms. 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.
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He went on to say that the goal of government action should be to expand rights, not reduce them:[These] the decisions… sort of, to me, seem unique 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.
Matthews condemned the harmful efforts to limit voting, saying, “[It’s] frustrating because there are certainly huge efforts to make voting, especially in big cities with more walkable populations, but also in underserved communities, to make it harder to vote. So it’s even like, well, look, we voted and we got the house, we got the presidency again, and it seems like it doesn’t matter. It’s the contrary. »
I understand people who say, “Nothing works, voting doesn’t work”, but I think that, and I mean, maybe it’s my faith drowned in the potential of the system, but that faith still thinks that if everyone says, “Despite your efforts to prevent me from having my voice heard through my vote, despite your efforts to voice allegations of fraud, which have never been verified, despite your efforts to make it more difficult for me to vote, I’m still going to vote,” and then, you know, the ground-level efforts to restrict those enforceable laws that prevent people from going to the polls, whether it’s removing the boxes of filing or whatever efforts in different states are different things please everyone should go and vote.
Dave Matthews tackles guns, abortion and the right to vote
[Videos via SiriusXM’s Dave Matthews Band Radio/Ari Fink]
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