Meet Matt Mathis

8 May

I met Matt Mathis 2 years ago behind the counter of Extracto, where he taught me everything I know about coffee. His wit and charm make him irresistibly love-able and his passion for the silver screen has made him the newest member to the MS.MS. team. Check out At The Movies in our features section and read on to learn more about the guy we call Matt Mathis:

Where are you from and what brought you to Portland?

I hail from Wisconsin A beautiful place. I ended up moving to Portland because of 24 years in Wisconsin.

As a vinyl dj, where do you go to score new stuff? What section do you check out first?

I always first raid the ‘Just Arrived’ section of record stores. It’s like Matt-vinyl porn! Always something impressive to me. I think the best curated places are Mississippi, Clinton St, and Exiled. But there’s always something to spazz over upstairs at Music Millennium. And digging in thrift stores can change your life. There’s one record in particular that I thought I’d never find. I couldn’t even find evidence of its existence online. And then, one day, there it was at S.M.U.T. For $6. Perfect shape. I wrote a poem about it.

You’ve been a barista for (enter number of years), who would you go to for the perfect drink and what would you have them make?

I go to the Albina Press or Fresh Pot and have them make me an italiano. They know how to make hair bender even better than Stumptown.

As a devoted fan of cinema, what’s the quintessential scene?

There’s too many. I did once write a piece the you can read here. But as far acting goes, the quintessential scene is near the end of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, when Kim Hunter tells Brando to go wash up hands and face; to which he replies, after a few seconds of motionless silence, by slamming his hand down on the table, tossing the cutlery on the floor, then standing up and calmly saying, “Now that’s how I’m gonna clear the table”. Nothing was the same in movies after that.

I know you love a good sandwich, where do you go and what do you get?

For me, no deli sandwich beats New Seasons. Great breads. Great meats. But we all know Bunk is a tear jerker.

Plaids or stripes?

Straids. It’ll be really hot next year.


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