Meet Emperor XBy Johny Chhetri
Last week, a man ran through the Hapsburg area of Vienna kicking trash cans and singing really loudly at small crowds of people. That man was Chad Matheny, a former science teacher who ditched school to tour the world as a kind of one-man folk-band; roaming the streets trussed up like Dick Van-Dyke with an acoustic guitar, mic and a million other instruments strapped to him.
But the unorthodox approach doesn't stop there, he's also got a penchant for hide and seek. For his latest album Western Teleport, he buried 41 cassette copies across the US. Matheny says it's something about "attempting to highlight the death of the physical copy of music and the expanding role of marketing in the experience of art" but, y'know, hello! Treasure hunt time!
Anyway, I got to talking with him to about making it in the today's music industry, velociraptors and his habit of gigging in the most inconvenient of places.
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