Dave Matthews talks politics and religion and shares an album update in the SiriusXM interview [Videos] – Live for live music | Region & Cash

David Matthews recently sat down for an interview with SiriusXM‘s Ari Fink at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the state of New York. The two discussed a range of topics ranging from politics and religion to the Dave Matthews Band’s next album and the current summer tour.

The wide-ranging conversation began with an update on new music: “I think we have a great record,” shared Dave Matthews, referring to the forthcoming Dave Matthews Band album. “We finished recording for now and then we mixed and my friend, Rob Evans, who was really the driving force behind the realization and a great one, you know, it wouldn’t have happened without him and was fun to work with. So essentially we just have to put it in our pocket and send it out into the world.” He added, “[Every] When I go into the studio and we listen to mixes, I’m like, ‘Ooh,’ and then, you know, there’s a little song.”

Ari Fink chimed in and suggested: “[That] the last 1% or the last half percent or maybe even when you get to 99.9% the last 0.1% of the record must be so impossible,” to which Matthews replied that one of the biggest challenges was the collection of turning songs into an album.

“It’s kind of, it’s a little bit difficult to clean up and so it’s not even like sweeping things together in order and getting the art and all those things aren’t strictly necessary, but I’m because I’m old.” am, I am 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 update on new album

The conversation then turned from the music to the treacherous subjects of politics and religion. Dave Matthews explained that he sees the justification of government decisions by religious beliefs as a “slippery slope”.

I’m not anti-Christian or anti-religious, but you know, when the way people talk about Christianity and how this government should be governed by Christian ideals, and that we have to weed out these people who are examples of the un-Christian or immoral behavior, that’s a very dangerous language and it might seem like it comes from a good place, but that language can be exploited and it’s a very dangerous language. And obviously people react when that name is mentioned, but if you look at old speeches by people like Hitler or Idi Amin and they talk about fighting for righteousness for the common good to fight godlessness, that’s a potential precursor terrible, terrible, terrible times because you’re listening to the ideas of a small group and that one small group is being exploited by the ideas of an even smaller group, and it’s bringing people from the fringes into the mainstream, but it’s also taking the mainstream into marginal ideas and ideas that should be marginalized, like speaking for God, or speaking for what is right, or speaking for the court, being the judge in God’s name. That’s horrible, horrible, horrible rhetoric, and it’s terrifying to me because things like this don’t happen slowly. We must be vigilant in this country to avoid falling into the hands of people who will not allow it to come back without a much more desperate fight than the one we are fighting right now.

… [As] as soon as morality becomes a tool to marginalize people or to include a small percentage of people and oppress people because they are seen as immoral or wrong, as soon as that happens, as politics, things start to crumble and unfortunately very often in In these cases, the people, the minority, the radicals, who don’t like to be called radicals, are much more eager to do harm and much more eager to pull triggers and use violence, and it’s just something we do more should go away than we hope will, and even if it is our drowning hope, we should do more with it than without.

Dave Matthews discusses the justification of government decisions through religious beliefs

Next, Ari and Dave delved into the issues of guns and abortion rights: “The beliefs of a few people are being indulged while … the rights of many more people are being taken away, whether it be the right to feel free from gun violence in a public place.” or having the right to control your own body, you know, and that’s the part that I think is why there’s a visceral response unless you support those things, your beliefs and yours Hopes or what you think is right or your freedoms are violated, so it has a different stench.”

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He went on to say that the purpose of government action should be to extend rights, not reduce them: “[These] Choices… seem kind of unique to me in that way. Usually the decisions have been in the opposite direction, whether it’s about hate crimes or whether it’s about liberty or about civil rights, or a lot of those decisions that are made increase the number of people protected and that hasn’t been the case. That is not the case now. Hopefully we can get the other governing bodies to take action to protect people from these things. Protect people’s rights.”

Matthews condemned nefarious efforts to restrict voting, saying: “[It’s] frustrating because there is definitely tremendous effort to vote, especially in big cities with more pedestrian traffic, but also in underserved communities to make voting harder. Then it’s even like, well, look, we voted and we had the house, we got the presidency again, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to do anything. It does the opposite.”

He continued:

I understand people saying, “Nothing works, voting doesn’t work,” but I think that this, and I mean, maybe it’s my drowning faith in the potential of the system, but that faith still thinks that if all saying, “Despite your efforts to prevent me from raising my voice through my vote, despite your efforts to enforce allegations of fraud that have never been verified, despite your efforts to make it difficult for me to vote, I will vote anyway” and then , you know, the ground level effort to restrict those enforceable laws that block people from getting to the polls, whether it’s by removing dropboxes or whatever the effort is in different states, it’s different things, please , everyone should go and vote.

Dave Matthews speaks about guns, abortion and voting rights

[Videos via SiriusXM’s Dave Matthews Band Radio/Ari Fink]

Listen to SiriusXM’s Dave Matthews interview with Ari Fink in its entirety on Dave Matthews Band Radio on the SXM app.

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