“Every act of creation, by its mere existence, denies the world of master and slave. The appalling society of tyrants and slaves in which we survive will find its death and transfiguration only on the level of creation.” -Albert Camus

“”I don’t want to produce a work of art that the public can sit and suck aesthetically…. I want to give them a blow in the small of the back, to scorch their indifference, to startle them out of their complacency.” –Ingmar Bergman

“The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.” -William Faulkner

About Matt, The Head Honcho At Play It Loud

My name is Matt and I hate bios that give you rank, name, and serial number. If doing so makes me seem less “professional,” then so be it! Me and this crazy website I’ve created is all about bringing some thrills back to music. Not making you and your audience go comatose…..

But I guess I’ll get the boring stuff out of the way first. My hometown of Oxford, MS, in fact, seemed so boring to me when I was 6 years old that I bought a Six Flags travel book detailing rides like the Ninja and the Superman. When I wasn’t reading this book or playing Ocarina Of Time, I was watching Kung Fu movies and shooting things with a BB gun.

There’s the recipe for success right there: boredom, fantasy, and endless roundhouse kicks.

A long time ago I had a much longer bio giving a longer story to how I made this site, but I’m just going to list the highlights in bullet point fashion…….

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There is no school teaching the things I’ve learned……Therefore, Play It Loud’s goal is to help more people  develop a solid foundation for their guitar technique, have more tools to make music with, and connect with their audience through the disciplines of marketing and songwriting.

Read that again. There is no school that’ll break down the lyrics of John and Paul, or the lead guitar techniques of Slash and Jimi Hendrix.

Did you do it? Good.

More than 98.654% of people playing guitar (yep, that’s my statistic!) won’t learn the ways to MAKE MUSIC with the instrument. In fact, the biggest difference between today’s music and what came before Grunge is that the standard of musicianship and songwriting was MUCH higher. No one talks about this enormous elephant that’s in the room.

Play It Loud is about helping anyone who has the dream of making music, whether it’s writing their own songs or mastering guitar technique. PIL will also explore the pros and cons of the music industry’s business practices in the area of marketing principally.

I’ve spent the past ten years of my life attempting to become a good musician, and in the process learned how to tame my own demons. You see, music is more spiritual than it is technical because technique only reveals the dust on the surface. The best kind of music, in my opinion, tells stories that help us get through tough times, celebrate the good ones, and bring us peace and understanding when we can’t find it anywhere else.

I want more people to learn how to make music in order to communicate this! Not how good you can play guitar or implement your wordplays.

I’ve also found a TON of knowledge and expertise that PIL is going to share with you. It’s taken from the fields of guitar tab books and magazines, poetry, psychology and philosophy, marketing, etc. Because I didn’t know how to become the artist I wanted to become, I had to investigate what the people who came before me did.

Here are just a few of the things that make me unique when discussing the art of music:

With Play It Loud, I want to share everything I’ve learned with you. I’m tired of hoarding all this information and insight from the world so I’m hoping that someone like you will use it, and help create brand new worlds of music for everyone to enjoy.