Under The Spotlight

Published on June 14th, 2015 | by Sonic Bandwagon


Mathew Hibbert – Under the Spotlight

Mathew Hibbert is our next featured guest on Sonic Bandwagon on 20th June 2015. He will be talking about the upcoming gig he’s organised at The Ritz, Manchester on Friday 26th June, which promises to be a huge night of Manchester orientated up and coming music.

The bands being featured that night will be Death to the Strange, and they will be supported by The Moods, The New Southern Electrikk, Great Rhythms In Mind, and John Reynolds, with aftershow party entertainment coming from MC Tunes, Vince Vega, Butty and Recca.

Mathew has gone ‘Under the Spotlight’ for Sonic Bandwagon to tell us a little more about his personal tastes, where we discovered that he’s quite the traveller , and has a fantastic ideal dinner guest table. Read on to find out more.


What are your top 5 favourite songs? ‘Vincent’ – Don McLean, ‘Wonderful World’ – Louis Armstrong, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – Dire Straits, ‘Idiot Wind’ – Bob Dylan, ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ – Leonard Cohen.

Who are your top 5 favourite bands/artists? Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Dylan, Springsteen, Herman Dune

Who is the greatest rock star of all time? Bruce Springsteen

What song best describes you? The Manchester Rambler

What is your favourite song lyric? “Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, There is a crack in everything, That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen, Anthem

What is your favourite thing about being in the music industry? The people

What’s been your most rock n roll moment to date? Too many to mention, none that I’m particularly proud of!

Name one underground/unsigned band that deserves to make it? Everyone on the bill for The Ritz gig I’m promoting.

What has been the best gig you’ve attended? Any Springsteen gig

If you’re a musician what is the best gig you’ve ever played? The first one I ever did.

If you could perform at any venue in the world where would it be? Royal Albert Hall

What is your karaoke song? I hate Karaoke  


TV / Film / Literature 

What are your top 5 favourite films? Pulp Fiction, Amelie, Coming To America, The Godfather, Being John Malkovich

What are your top 5 favourite television shows of all time? Only Fools and Horses, Father Ted, Match Of The Day, Sopranos, Escape To The Country

Which ‘Binge TV Box Set’ are you watching at the moment? None, no time!

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? A young Bobby DeNiro

What is your favourite music related film? Once

What is your favourite line/speech in a film/TV Show? Ezekiel 25:17, Pulp Fiction

Which fictional character would you most like to date? Lisbeth Salander (Millennium Trilogy)

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Robinson Crusoe

What is your favourite book? Crime and Punishment/Roots/Papillon

What are you reading at the moment/last book you read? Moby Dick

What would you name the autobiography of your life? The Traveller  


Name one of your favourite quotes? “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy?”

What is your biggest fear? Failure

What is your proudest accomplishment? The amount of travelling I’ve done.

What makes you laugh the most? A good quick witted pun.

Describe yourself in 1-5 words? Honest, loyal, sarcastic, witty, reflective

What is your life mantra/ultimate goal? Happiness

Who is your hero/idol? Leonard Cohen

You can choose your last meal. What will the menu consist of? Steak, egg, mushrooms, tomato, peas, onions, chips

Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world? A secluded Greek Island

What place would you like to visit that you haven’t already? New York

What’s been your favourite holiday? Australia

What’s your first drink on a night out? Beer 

What’s your last drink on a night out? Beer  



What superpower would you have for one day? Ultra quick speed reading talent

What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? Travel

If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? Reality TV shows would be banned

What one item would you take with you on a desert island? Guitar

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Play the Piano

If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?” what would it be? Chicken and egg

If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self? Grow up!

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be? Future – Man City winning the European Cup

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be? Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Charles Bukowski, Oscar Wilde  


Inside the ‘Pure Studio’

What is your favourite word? Yes

What is your least favourite word? No

What switches you on? People

What switches you off? People

What sound or noise do you love? Sounds of nature

What sound or noise do you hate? Idiots driving cars/bikes really fast/loud

What is your favourite curse word? All of them

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Travel writer

What profession would you not like to do? Anything on a mass production line

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? The beers are on ice, make yourself at home!


About the Author

Andy Barnes, Nigel Cartner & Mike Ainscoe collectively post under the Sonic Bandwagon profile. Our individual pieces of written reviews can be found within SB Press

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