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Matt Maeson: Captive and Captivated Audiences


Matt Maeson stopped by the NV89 studio to perform a few songs and entertain Gia DeSantis and guests with stories from his road to success, which started with his parent’s musical prison ministry. Maeson picked up a guitar at 15 and a couple years later was playing the “emo” songs he wrote on his acoustic guitar in front of large crowds of inmates.

Maeson caught the attention of the music industry after the first two songs he posted on Soundcloud were reposted by thousands. At the time he was working as a loan processor, a job he felt highly unqualified to do. Maeson told DeSantis, “I dropped out of high school and they let me manage people’s bank accounts, which is so crazy to me still.  And I remember in the interview of that he asked me what are three of your strengths... and one of my strengths was skateboarding.”

Within a few months Maeson was using his lunch breaks to talk to record labels and industry executives. He quit his banking job when Communion Music offered $3,000 for a small tour. In order to save money on the road, Maeson would sleep in his car. He did manage to sleep on the top of an abandoned Wendy’s in Iowa, where he wrote ‘Me and My Friends Are Lonely’ which he performed on The Biggest Little Stage. He also performed ‘Hallucinogenics’ and his hit single ‘Cringe.’

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Maeson and NV89’s DeSantis got into a healthy debate about Shake Shack Vs. In-N-Out Burger, Maeson says “Shake Shack all day.” Maeson also revealed the only person he follows on twitter: Betty White. 

Maeson is currently on tour in support of his LP Hearse and the EP Who Killed Matt Maeson.

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