Dave Matthews Talks New Album, Tour, Politics & Announces New Shows With Tim Reynolds
There’s a lot going on in the world of Dave Matthews.
On Thursday, July 21, Matthews announced that he and longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds would be returning to Riviera Maya, Mexico for the duo’s sixth annual beach event in the area.
These shows are scheduled for next year, February 17-19 at the Moon Palace Cancún. Additional performers will be announced for the shows, and all-inclusive packages go on sale July 27 at 4 p.m. ET HERE.
Matthews also recently sat down with SiriusXM’s Ari Fink at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York to talk about a number of topics, from the US political landscape to Dave Matthews Band’s upcoming album to touring. summer 2022 of the group.
And fans can check out clips and previews below.
Dave Matthews shares an update on the new album
David Matthews: I think we have a great track record. I was like, we finished, for now, the recording and then we mixed and my friend, Rob Evans, who was really the force behind doing it and was a big, you know, that wouldn’t be didn’t happen 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.
Ari Fink: It goes in the bag.
David Matthews: Yeah, so I think it’s in the bag, but, you know, I gotta pull myself together. I’ll, you know, I just have to, ’cause it’s, yeah. Anyway, I’m really excited about it, but every time I walk into the studio and we listen to mixes, I go “Ooh,” and then, you know, there’s another little song.
Ari Fink: There’s a lot of good stuff and some of your bandmates have even, you know, discussed here on the air how fun it is to go back and play some of this material and how interesting it would be even under a pseudonym. I think that was Rashawn’s suggestion. I thought of 10 on the fly, but we don’t need to use any of them, but you know, there’s so much music you’ve done.
David Matthews: Just turn it off. It’s something else, you know.
Ari Fink: But we’re streaming it on SiriusXM. I mean, we can hear him live on Friday nights and shout out to Rob Evans who has his hands on the mix here on SiriusXM every Friday night.
David Matthews: Oh that’s right. Yes, of course. Of course I knew that, but I, you know, making connections isn’t my forte.
Ari Fink: Well, 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 when it comes along. 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.
David Matthews: Yeah. This is the game. It’s kind of, it’s kinda 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.
Ari Fink: It could be a few, it could be…
David Matthews: Or streaming. I mean, wherever you put it. The whole world is a spider’s web.
Ari Fink: Dave, you can put them anywhere or anywhere. It’s yours.
Dave Matthews sees justification of government decisions by religious beliefs as a ‘slippery slope’
David Matthews: 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 a- 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 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.
Ari Fink: Absolutely man and when you parse the language it’s really terrifying because we’ve seen this movie before, I mean, all the way through history like you mentioned. It’s just crazy and I’m so glad you’re here to participate.
David Matthews: Right? Morality is not something, 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 it happens, as political, 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 support pull the trigger and commit violence and that’s just something we should do more than hope will go away, and even if it’s our hope that drowns, we should do more with it than without it .
Dave Matthews demands government action in the wake of increased gun violence and the overthrow of Roe v. wade
David Matthews: A few people’s beliefs are, you know, satisfied while a lot more people’s rights are taken away, whether it’s the right to feel safe from gun violence in a public place or to have the right to controlling your own body, you know, and that’s the part that’s kind of I think the reason there’s a gut response is unless you support those things, your beliefs and your hopes or whatever you think you’re right or your freedoms are being trampled on, so he’s got another stink.
Ari Fink: Because they call it freedom?
David Matthews: Well, and when it breaks, that’s the game, you know? It is the reduction of rights. So those decisions are kind of, to me, seem unique in that way. Usually decisions have been in the opposite direction, whether it’s about, you know, hate crimes or liberty 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 the rights of people.
Ari Fink: It is true that anything can be done. Please we are crossing our fingers and I know people are tired of hearing “Get out and vote, get out and vote” you know whatever it takes I’m totally with you .
David Matthews: Yes, and 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. He does the opposite.
Ari Fink: It doesn’t look like it. Our rights are restricted.
David Matthews: Yeah and so I understand people who say, “Nothing works, voting doesn’t work”, but I think that, and I mean maybe that’s my faith drowned in the potential of the system, but that faith always think that if everyone says, “Despite your efforts to prevent me from having my voice heard through my vote, despite your efforts to pass allegations of fraud, which have never been verified, despite your efforts to make it harder to vote, I’m still going to vote,” and then, you know, ground-level efforts to restrict those enforceable laws that prevent people from going to the polls, whether it’s removing boxes filing or whatever efforts in different states are different things, please everyone should go vote.
Ari Fink: It’s true and I’m glad you’re hopeful about it. It gives me hope and I mean, what else is there? At this point, we don’t have that many options. Might as well try to keep a little optimism and look for the good in humanity.
David Matthews: I called it my drowning.
Ari Fink: Your drowning hope, which seems fair.