MG&V Interview: SXSW 2010
The term supergroup seems to get overused these days. But when you gather the driving forces behind three rising-star bands on one stage, you make some exceptions for cliches. Such is the case with MG&V. The group gets its name from its three main songwriters: John McCauley, Taylor Goldsmith and Matt Vasquez, lead singers/guitarists for Deer Tick, Dawes, and Delta Spirit, respectively. Joining the trio of frontmen are drummer Griffin Goldsmith, brother of Taylor and drummer for Dawes, and Delta Spirit keyboardist, Kelly Winrich.
MG&V played its first official show as a band at SXSW 2010, and Spinner caught up with Matt Vasquez afterward to talk about the band's formation, their debut performance and the SXSW experience.
How did you guys form?
We're all friends and all in bands about the same size, and we have a lot of the same friends. John was recording and hanging out in Nashville, and he had Taylor come out. Taylor and Ian, John's manager, we were all good buddies. And I didn't really know John too much, but they were like, "Matt, you just have to come out." And I was, like, okay. The day I landed [in Nashville], I had an hour of sleep. We had mixes from the Delta Spirit record and I had to download some programs, so I only had an hour of sleep.
We stayed up until 4AM the night I landed. I cracked a beer on the way from the airport to the studio. We drank until 4AM. Next day, 5AM. The day after that, the sun was up and we had 13 songs in three days. Then we did a little more in the week, and we had 22 songs tracked. We all had so much extra material from records we had been writing and from the experience there. Taylor and John were able to write a lot in that circumstance. And how we set it up was just everybody had at least some part of it. One person's playing bass