Watch The Cubbies Do It - Matt B
International R&B star and Chicago, IL native Matt B decided to create a new Chicago Cubs anthem to help the team’s 2015 playoff push. The song entitled “Watch The Cubbies Do It” is a remix of Montell Jordan’s 1995 smash hit “This Is How We Do It”. The video features Cubs fans from all walks of life(including pets) showing their support for the Cubs.
The Cubs are currently down 0-2 in their NLCS series with the New York Mets, but have a chance to set things right on Tuesday when they return to Wrigley Field for Game 3. As a lifelong Cubs fan, Matt B wanted to create something unique that would help boost the spirts of Cubs fans after 2 tough losses.
“I just wanted to do something to show my support for not only the Cubs, but Chicago as a whole. There’s been a lot of negative attention directed towards Chicago because of our crime issues, and I wanted to shine light on something positive that our whole city can appreciate.”
Matt B(www.mattbworld.com) is a Chicago, IL native who has been creating music for over 15 years. He has made waves internationally in Japan for his music under his record label Star Base Records(starbase.jp). Matt’s recent album “Love and War” hit #1 on the R&B album charts and his single “Plain Girl” hit #1 on the singles charts. The album is currently sold in over 1,400 retail locations across Japan. His sophomore album entitled “Dive” is set to release next month.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVhQhBkGc0c
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” - Socrates
Today I made one of the most difficult decisions in my life. I decided to close my baby, my dream, and the bulk of my life for the past 5+ years, Indstruktibl Clothing.
Indstruktibl has taught me more over the last 5 years than all my years of schooling and work combined and I can confidently say that I don’t regret a single minute of it. Despite the countless sleepless nights, ups and downs, successes and failures, it was the most rewarding experience of my life. It allowed me to experience things that most people could only dream about. I met amazing people along the way that developed into great friends and business partners. I worked with some of the most talented athletes, musicians, photographers, and models in the industry today. I saw a brand that I built change the lives of others in a powerful and positive way. I witnessed my creations for sale on the shelves of retail stores. I watched my logo proudly worn on ESPN. The company may be closing, but these memories will stay with me the rest of my life.
What started in the closet of a rundown, disheveled college dwelling, turned into something much more than I could have ever imagined. Throughout this incredible journey, I had the most amazing support system a person could possibly ask for. I would like to thank all my friends, fans, and especially my family for supporting me the whole way no matter how crazy it got. Without that support system, Indstruktibl would never have existed, and for that I am forever grateful.
The decision didn’t come without months of sleepless debate. But in the end, it was the best decision to further my entrepreneurial career. I know that I can build something bigger, stronger and more impactful than anything I’ve accomplished thus far. Later this year, I will be starting a new project to prove that to everyone. In addition, I will be focusing more effort on talent management and expanding my talent roster with my other company Bluprint Studios.
To all my supporters, thank you so much for your support and understanding. All I can say is that there are huge things in the works right now and this was the best decision for me. I will make you all proud again soon.
Indstruktibl will remain open until the remainder of our inventory is sold. We will be running a closeout sale on our site at www.indclothing.com to clear the inventory. Everything in the store will be 40% with promo code “CLOSING40”. All profits will go towards funding my new company.
For the first interview in our series, I wanted to sit down and have an interview with one of the most talented musicians in the industry today, Matt B. I recently did a brand commercial with Matt for Indstruktibl Clothing and wanted to do a follow-up. As his manager, I've had the opportunity to see him grow and build on his talents to truly become a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Matt's recent album "Love and War" hit #1 on the RnB iTunes album charts in Japan and his single "Plain Girl" hit #1 on the RnB singles charts. "Love and War" is currently being sold in TSUTAYA with over 1,400 retail locations across Japan.
Here is our interview:
1. When and why did you start doing music? What was the first song that you learned?
I grew up in the church so music was always a part of my family and life. I could never truly put a definitive date on when I started "doing music", but I remember the first song I learned was "Jesus Loves Me". I would say I truly got serious about music when I was about 8 or 9.
2. Did you grow up in a musical family? Was it competitive in your household with so many musicians?
I grew up in a musical family for sure and there was always some what of a friendly competition going on. As the youngest brother i usually got the short end of the stick, but i think it made me a better artist.
3. At what point in your life did you have that moment where you said to yourself "This is what I was meant to do and I'm going to make this into my career"?
I was about 17 years old and got my first two real jobs. I worked summer jobs with the Chicago public school system but these jobs were legit! I worked them at the same time, one was the electronic department at Walmart and the other was security at Target. Both were full time so I was pulling 80 hour work weeks. After my first pay checks I realized that I wasn't cut out to work modern day slavery.
4. For all the musicians out there who are struggling to balance music and relationships, how do you do it? Any tips/suggestions for others?
This question is probably the most difficult question to answer because there’s no real solution and it varies from person to person. I would say to put your music first above any relationship if you’re not married. Music should be your first true love, and anyone who tries to come between you and it doesn't truly love you. Your partner should be comfortable with being the "other women" if that makes sense.
5. How do you keep that burning desire inside you to keep doing music and continue to improve? What pushes you?
What pushes me is my family and God. I feel like I truly found my purpose in life and knew it for a long time. I want to use the gifts God gave me to shine a beacon of light in a world filled with too much darkness.
6. You recently had the #1 RnB single and album in Japan with "Love And War". Tell us more about your career in Japan. What's next for you out there? Do you speak any Japanese?
I hope to be touring soon, i think my fans deserve one; along with a follow up album. My Japanese is horrible(laughing), I know a few words but that’s as far as it goes. My career in Japan as it stands is a stroke of God/Luck/and good management. I am truly humbled by the opportunity Star Base Records offered me.
7. What 3 musicians (dead or alive) do you admire the most and why?
As funny as this might sound
LL Cool J
I know that’s a very odd combination but I respect these men not only for their artistry, but the fact that they didn't lose themselves in this industry. They know/knew that there’s more to life then how loud someone screams your name from excitement.
8. Do you still get nervous before shows/performances?
I guess it depends on what you would consider nervous. I've never done drugs and never plan on it but it’s my form of getting high. My blood pumps a little faster, adrenaline starts flowing, my senses rise. I just feel in the zone! There’s no greater feeling to me. That’s why I stay away from any stimulants or depressants. I want the full impact of the experience, something I cant get with anything that could impair me.
9. If a young musician walked up to you right now asking for advice and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?
I know this is cliché, but I would say to follow your dreams.
Don't give up, because giving up is the easy way out.
Stay away from anyone who wants to bring you down or destroy you. There are way too many haters in this world and it makes no sense to allow them in your circle. Keep your circle small.
10. Anything else you would like to add?
If you want something bad enough it’s bound to happen, you just have to believe it will. Giving up on your dreams is like giving up on yourself. When you face cross roads in your life, pick your dreams every time.
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