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Matte Namer

Tell us your name and a little about yourself.

My name is Matte Namer, I’m the Producer/Singer/Bassist for The FMs and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I’m an activist, a non-binary loving nihilist, an uber kinkster, and a passionate queerdo.

 

What exactly does your company do?

The FMs, (femmes, female to males, f**k me sillies) Dancing shoegaze machines menacing hymns on the future zeitgeist. Symphonic stoner rock nightmares. The FMs’ bizarro live shows incorporate gender bending interpretive dance with powerful electric insanity evoking a contemporary nihilist take on 1970’s glam antics. Condoms are gifted while demanding folks stop overpopulating the planet. At times everyone tries to twerk. The FMs simply want to save the world without being dicks about it.

We released our debut album “Machinacene Epoch” in August 2017. Our controversial single “Implosion Model” went viral garnering over 700,000 views and has been featured in Louder Than War, Get Out Magazine, Huffington Post, Blackbook Magazine, Pure M, and the Jimmy Star Show. We recently had a featured performance in the closing scene of the new Showtime feature film “Fluidity” which was amazing. We’ve also been building a following from the goth, burner, kink and underground rock scenes through a secret event called SUBVERT held on a 10,000 sq ft. docked ship in the canals of Brooklyn, blending edgy young bands with dungeon spaces, fire performances, burlesque, and other inventive taboos. We shared the stage with members of Devo and Randy Jones of The Village People and played with many other major acts. We also were a featured performer at the 10000+ person Elements Festival in Lakewood, PA festival in 2018 & 2019.

What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?

It can be unbelievably emotionally challenging to put hours of your heart and soul into your music and to have to deal with trying to promote this work in the noisy chaos of 2019. I think for me it’s important to take a step back sometimes and get in touch with my heart. I have to check-in with myself and remind myself what it is I love about doing this. I also remind myself that an artistic journey can sometimes be an adventure of a lifetime, and no adventure is complete without lots of challenges on the road.

 

What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

Don’t try and do it all yourself. Partnerships and mentors are everything in the music industry.

 

Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?

The people I truly admire the most in my life are the women, trans and non-binary people living their best lives and forging new paths of love for us all to follow.

 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

My amazing band-mates deserve a mention here, Frankie Rex (Vox/Guitar) (who in my opinion is actually a much better singer), Michael Butterly (Synths), and Lucas Leto (Drums).

Another person who deserves a mention here is Miss Cherry Delight a.k.a. Cherry Daddy. She is a rising star herself and incredible musician, but still has been unbelievably generous in calling us out on stage and in her social media posts as her favorite band <3 We love you right back Cherry!!!

 

What do you see as your greatest success in life?

Easily my friends, and the people around me that I love and love me back. I’ve done plenty of things, including major accomplishments such as co-founding a major art gallery, and a major charity, built a 100 person art car for Burning Man that has international exposure and given thousands upon thousands of artful rides, released albums, produced movies, and the list goes on. However, by far the thing I’m most proud of is my growing capacity to love those around me.

 

How can people follow your journey? Please list your social media URLs

facebook.com/thefmsmusic
@The FMs
@mattnamer
youtube.com/thefms

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