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Dave Matthews Interview

July 13th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

On June 1, the Dave Matthews Band partnered with Hulu to offer the first live stream concert on the site. The intimate performance from New York’s Beacon Theatre featured new tracks from the band’s seventh studio album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, plus a mix of DMB favorites, including “Ants Marching” and “Everyday.” You can capture the spirit of the concert anytime with the full concert available on demand here on Hulu, plus music videos and behind-the-scenes footage. The band is currently on tour in Europe, but Dave Matthews recently answered a few questions for us over email, even giving us his take on Jimmy Fallon’s impression of him on Late Night. — Rebecca Harper (), Editor

Hulu: How was making Big Whiskey … different from your previous records?
Dave Matthews:
This was the first time in a long time we were all in it equally and unified. No apologies, this is us at our best. We did it on our timetable with no interruptions, with love and confidence.

How did the song “Why I Am” come about?

It came out of an improvisation at the beginning of the Big Whiskey session. Roi loved it. The phrase “Why I Am” is the only lyric that came from that first groove. The song grew over the session and ended
up being lyrically dedicated to LeRoi.

How did you find Danny Barnes, the banjo player who accompanies you on the album?

I heard him in a club in Seattle more than 10 years ago and more recently he came on the road with us while he was touring with Robert Earl Keene. He is outrageously talented. He’s putting his next release
on A.T.O. Records. It’s phenomenal.

How did recording in New Orleans influence the band and record?

It’s impossible not to have been inspired by New Orleans. There is no city in the world like it and no city in America that has contributed more to the culture of America.

The Beacon Theatre benefit concert streamed live on Hulu. What made you consider doing a live stream on Hulu?

It made sense with the timing. Hulu is where television is headed.

Are you a Hulu user (when you’re not on tour overseas, of course)? What are your favorite shows?
SNL, The Daily Show and The Office.

In your off time between albums, you were a guest star on FOX’s House and acted in a few movies. Tell us about those experiences. Is there more acting in your future?

I enjoy being around creative people. If I get an opportunity to do something in film again, I will.

You were also on Jimmy Fallon in early June, where Fallon did his best impression of you. (It’s now one of the most popular Fallon clips on Hulu.) How do you think he did?

I saw him do an imitation of me on SNL ages ago. He does me better than I do.

Last comment: Jul 14th 2009 1 Comment
  • thegrimmling says:

    Hey Hulu,

    Why are you now blocking my PlayStation 3 from viewing your videos?

    I live in the USA and was even a beta user of the site and I would like to have vadeos play again on my PS3.