Born in Philadelphia and raised in Prescott, Matt Faulk is a drummer and songwriter who has lived in Tucson for 20 years. He is a member of the Tucson prog/instrumental group Stareater, which is playing on Tuesday, April 12, at Plush, with Maserati and Kenseth Thibideau.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
The first rock concert I ever saw on my own was Living Colour on my 16th birthday. My parents took us to many other concerts when we were growing up.
What are you listening to these days?
Oceansize, Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up, a ridiculously good album and, sadly, probably their last; Miles Davis, Kind of Blue; The Mars Volta, De-Loused in the Comatorium; Mew, And the Glass Handed Kites.
What was the first album you owned?
Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life. A masterpiece from the first to the last note.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?
Most Top 40 music. ... I can't stand the current Auto-Tuning and overproduction craze. Music should have flaws, breathe a bit and be performed by imperfect musicians. In Stareater, we integrate electronic effects and loops, but we create them live onstage.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
Failure; Fantastic Planet is one of the greatest rock albums of our generation. Any of the jazz greats from 1930 to 1960. Any jazz combo featuring Elvin Jones.
Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Björk, some of Paramore's music, Dixie Chicks, The Cure. Yep.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
John Coltrane's rendition of "My Favorite Things"; my brother, saxophonist Dan Faulk's cover of "I Love Paris"; Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay"; Tool's "Lateralus" and "10,000 Days."
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
John Coltrane. I was amazed that you could hear his emotions when he played.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Tool's Lateralus. A rare combination of exceptional musicianship, vocals, lyrics, dynamics and composition.