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Sunday, January 07, 2007

A very troubling Matisyahu interview

A very troubling Matisyahu interview

I hope this video interview was modified so that the questions do not fit the answers. If that is not the case I feel Matisyahu needs a break, badly! A very long break, it’s like he doesn’t know who he is anymore. Maybe he is forced to perform so much that he is really worn-out. Maybe religion and the entertainment industry do not go hand in hand, something has got to give.

When asked if religion makes him feel happy he says “no, it does not”.

When asked whether he stopped using drugs he says “pretty much”, pretty much?!

Take a look (updated video)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, no biggie. That's old footage from May before the Amsterdam show. Everyone's human, including Matis. Big deal. Who doesn't have a drink occasionally these days? Who is completely at peace with their religion? No one. If you watched the whole thing you would've noticed that's the last place he wanted to be at that point. The interviewer was shrewd and took full advantage. I though it was fascinating. That's what happens when you ditch the people that built your career. "No Place To Be..."

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Eddie said...

I am a die hard Matisyahu fan and I know find myself doubting him. I don't know if he's drunk or not but man, this so not like him. Tired, worn out, no energy---hello? I just don't get it? I hope Matisyahu himself responds to this footage.

Celebrity status gets to even the best of men...I guess.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Chaim said...

that's horrible ... I don't think that's out of context. I think he thought it would be a different kind of interview and he was giving them short unhonest answers, and its obvious from the end that he cut the interview short. Did they leak this because they were angry with him? This is a very embarrassing interview.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Heavy A said...

I wonder who is Anonymous and how does he know all the info about when and where this interview was taken. My problem with this interview is that Matisyahu, wanting or not, is like the ambassador of Judaism. When you are an ambassador you can not afford to these kinds of things. Matisyahu has returned to religion and these people normally have a stronger belief, but in the interview he sounds like he is having second thoughts. I hope he will come about. It sounds like he needs a long break; sit some time at home with his wife and kid. I was hoping the celebrity life will not affect him.

12:10 AM  
Blogger Tsumaru said...

First and foremost, the video was removed by the user. But I found out the user and checked his videos, and he has reposted it here:

Now, moving along. I'm no Matisyahu expert but something about this really looked wrong. First and foremost - where was he doing this interview? It looked like he was in a house lying down on a bed or something. Seems odd. Secondly, a lot of it is cut out which is a bit suspicious. And lastly, he just really doesn't seem like he's well. From the vids I've seen he's always energetic, now if he was faking that as a showman - why wouldn't he fake it in an interview too?

The whole thing seems really odd and abnormal to me. I dunno.

1:27 AM  
Blogger Heavy A said...

Thanks for the link to the new video. I wonder who has uploaded the video... and why...

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree that this interview does not reflect Matisyahu at his best, however, it does not change my positive feelings about the music he creates. I find his music very uplifting and inspiring. It is through the music that Matisyahu best expresses himself and really shines, not these interviews. I hope that Matisyahu's fans will not take his comments during this interview too seriously.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a different matisyahu than usual how can we take his music as uplifting if hes not even happy

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jews are told to regard service to God as is they were "aved Hashem" which means a "Slave to God." For Matisyahu, and many observant (frum) Jews, "religion" is not a product or something to be judged. It simply "is" in the same way that air simply "is." One does not regard it or judge it in the same way that we judge our car or home ("does it make you happy?") because it is not somethign you are supposed to replace -- it is simply your duty to God. I respect Mati's honesty.

9:53 AM  

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