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Barefoot Interview (pg. 2)

Sindy sat down to talk with Matt Fellenbaum from the hot new band, Barefoot.
Courtesy of Papa Joe Records

Sindy: What did you most enjoy about your time in London and Sweden?
Matt Fellenbaum: Just going over seas. I'm glad I wasn't a solo artist by myself cuz that would have really sucked. Just the fact that I'm with my four best friends, traveling around, going to Europe to play music I think that was the coolest thing about going over there. The fact that we are actually getting the chance to record an album and work with these amazing writers and producers, that have worked with some of the bands that I grew up listening to and just love, is so cool.

Sindy: Did you guys get any sightseeing in?
Matt Fellenbaum: A couple of the guys did. Chris Pearson and Clay - we were in Stolkhom for three months and we had two weeks off - they took a trip to Paris.

Sindy: What has been your favorite place that you've traveled to?
Matt Fellenbaum: I like Portland a lot. Portland was a really, really cool city.

Sindy: Where in the world would you like to travel to that you haven't been?
Matt Fellenbaum: Hmmm... Hawaii sounds nice! Hawaii or Egypt. I know that sounds kind of weird, but I would love to go see the pyramids. That would be awesome.

Sindy: What do you like better - recording or touring?
Matt Fellenbaum: I like touring better because we are able to play live shows as a band and meet the fans and stuff like that. And just be out every night. When you're recording your just in the studio all the time and it gets very monotonous after a while.

Sindy Do you ever get homesick while you're on tour?
Matt Fellenbaum: Yeah, I definitely do get homesick. I love hanging out with my dad, so it's kind of a bummer when you're on the road for three months or however long and you don't get to see your family.

Sindy: Do you have any cures for homesickness?
Matt Fellenbaum: Uhhh, cell phone. Cell phone and iChat. They are definitely cures for homesickness.

Sindy: So you've had the opportunity to work with Joe Simpson. Have you been able to meet Jessica and Ashlee?
Matt Fellenbaum: Yeah, we've met them both a number of times just being around Joe's house. And we actually opened for Ashlee once last year. So yeah, we've got to know them better the longer that we've been with Joe. It's really cool getting to know them cuz they're really, really good people.

Sindy: Do you have any celebrity crushes?
Matt Fellenbaum: I think I have the same crush that every guy has, which is Jessica Alba. She's very, very pretty. Other than that, Rosario Dawson is pretty cute. I think I have a few celebrity crushes... I could probably go on for a while. Yeah, Christina Milian, that's the last one.

Sindy: Do any of you have a girlfriend?
Matt Fellenbaum: Two of them do. Chris Munselle and Jason Dering. They are very, very lovely girls.

Sindy: What do you look for in a girl?
Matt Fellenbaum: I personally look for, just a good sense of humor and just a great attitude. Someone who's really loving towards family and friends and no ego - just really easy to get along with.

Sindy: What would you describe as the perfect first date?
Matt Fellenbaum: Probably just connecting with the person really well. I'm not big on where we go or what we do, it's more about getting to know the person and trying to connect with whoever I'm with. I know that sounds kind of cheesy but...

Sindy: What do you like to do when you have some time off?
Matt Fellenbaum: When I have time off - I just bought a dirt bike - so I am on that thing whenever we're home, I am riding my dirt bike.

Sindy: Cool! So, one last question - What advice would you give for kids wanting to get into the music industry?
Matt Fellenbaum: Don't change for nobody. And I don't mean be stubborn, I mean like don't fall into the newest trend or whatever. Just be who you are and play the music you like to play. And have fun with it. Just have as much fun as you can because it's totally not worth getting caught up in all the stuff that comes along with it.

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