Toby Fournier spoke to Matty Mullins of MEMPHIS MAY FIRE about the band's latest album, faith and fish and chips
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Matty: I think different pockets of it have absolutely and people like to do that. People like to say that "this is progressive tech" blah, blah, y'know? Who cares? I hate it when people really try to bind us to a genre. I think that doesn't help anything for everything to be so itemised and stylised in its own little thing when we should all be trying to enjoy it as much as we can.
Toby: How important is radio to you now, do you think? Being played on the radio verses streaming?
Matty: It's very important. I think streaming is very important as well. A lot of people are discovering music through playlists on Spotify and Apple music. Discovering music through those platforms is something every artist needs to embrace but I don't think it's taken away from the importance of radio. There's nothing more convenient than getting in your car and turning the radio on and just setting it and forgetting it. It's a random playlist that you have nothing to do with, you just get to enjoy it. A lot of people are still discovering music on radio. A lot of people are still using radio to find out what they love and so for the band and for my solo project, radio has never been so important.
Toby: Are you optimistic about the future? The planet, faith, the big issues. Are you optimistic?
Matty: The planet? No. I think we have maybe 300 years tops before this thing is done but I think God has a plan so I don't worry about it. And as far as the future of Christian culture, it's not my weight to hold. It's not my weight to bear. I think that you can be sad if you really feel like you know something so important and you want other people to know but they don't, you can be sad about that but it's not a weight to bear. We can go and tell people all over the world just by our lifestyle, just by the way that we live and interact, we can shine, right? But if I was so worried about the future of Christian faith and the future of the world then I don't think I'd be letting God do his job. Let God be God.
Toby: What question would you really like to be asked?
Matty: What do you want for dinner? And to be able to answer however I would like.
Toby: And what would you like for dinner?
Matty: A proper fish and chips. Extra vinegar on the fries.
Toby: Do you wait to come to the UK for fish and chips?
Matty: Yeah. I never eat fish and chips in America. Over here we've had some really good stuff. And kebab. Donor.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.