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  • Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Rocker Matt Jaffe

    Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:00:29

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Rocker Matt Jaffe - Get to know him

    Rocker Matt Jaffe, come on down! You're not the next contestant on The Price Is Right but in the Take Aim ring.

    Twitter-size your bio -- your choice of 140 words or characters, if you want to get technical-- and tell us everything we need to know! GO!

    Matt Jaffe & The Distractions are a rock band based in San Francisco, recording with Jerry Harrison, reinventing the past in the image of the future.

    If you were not doing music, you would be...

    Biking around the world trying to understand its magnificence through some other medium. Music is my favorite coping mechanism, but other art forms (graphic novels, paintings, poetry) work well too.

    Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?

    I'm very interested in environmental causes. I've been a vegetarian for about two years and have commuted by bike for the past three. These activities are just personal pursuits and may not have any tremendous influence, but if nobody thinks they can make a difference, then nobody will.

    Pick ONE song on your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?

    One of the songs, 'Girl from Buenos Aires,' is based on a terrific short story by Jorge Luis Borges, which is about a traitor in the IRA who betrays his comrades to the British. He then flees to South America with his blood money, along with a scar across his face to remind him of his eternal guilt. At the same time (and I suppose all the time), I was listening to a lot of The Clash's records. Many of their songs expertly combine a certain romanticism with a genuine rebelliousness, perhaps because of the convergence of Mick Jones and Joe Strummer's contrasting songwriting styles ("Spanish Bombs" is a great example). With my song, I was trying to merge the edge of a Strummer lyric with the flow of a Jones melody. I think that divide is clear between the verses and chorus. They aren't exactly about the same thing, but they tackle entwined issues and provide outlets for those two different muses in the context of Borges' work.

    Finish this sentence: Matt Jaffe is the artist that...

    ...combines the basic instinct to survive with the urge to write and perform music.

    Check out "Young Enough" below:

    —Amy Sciarretto

    Did you feel "Young Enough?"

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