Here’s episode nine of Sweetman Podcast now – my chat with Matthew Couper. Matt’s an artist, Hawke’s Bay born, now Las Vegas based. Matt’s also my oldest friend, in that we’ve known each other since we were three. We went through kindergarten, primary, intermediate and high school along the same strip in Havelock North.
We went to different cities after school but met back up in Wellington – and we’ve enjoyed a friendship where we talk to each other about shared goals and artistic pursuits. We’ve long had a love of music
and pop culture and there was a worry, from both of us, that in sitting down to record a conversation for this podcast we’d both end getting wildly side-tracked. You’ll hear a bit of music talk in here, but as with other chats I’m mostly interested in
knowing where Matt’s come from – where the work and art world of Matthew Couper was born and how it developed. The difference here, I guess, is that I know a few of those answers already and have lived through some of it with him. So this also came about perspectives, versions of the story/stories, how we had come to understand one another.
But that made this a really fun chat for me – we talked about criticism, how to deal with it, what it means. We talked about our shared love of the Songs for Drella album, we talked about how important travel has been in his life and work – and how crucial it’s been gaining a perspective outside of little ole New Zealand (“when you’re growing up in a small town…”)
We talked about his work. He’s my friend. But I’m also a huge fan of the work that he produces, the way he does it – and that’s really what this was about, the things that have shaped him. The stories around the work – why he does it, how he does it, and now of course where he does it.
I hope you enjoy the ninth episode of Sweetman Podcast.