MATT PRYOR performs the song "I WONT BE AFRAID" for BalconyTV.
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In March of 2012, singer and guitarist Matt Pryor decided to give up music for good. After seventeen years of writing, recording, and touring with a handful of bands—including emo ambassadors the Get Up Kids and folk-tinged indie troubadours the New Amsterdams—Pryor was exhausted, so he took some time to search for himself. First, he spent a few months working on a friend’s organic farm, then serving sandwiches from a food truck, but these he discovered, didn’t scratch any of his itches.
Instead, Pryor’s “a-ha!” moment happened as he readied a resume—something he had never needed to do before. “I’ve been a touring musician since I was eighteen,” he says, “and the last job I had was in a record store. So I put together this resume, and I realized, on paper, it looked like I hadn’t had a job since 1998 when, in fact, I had been running several successful companies for the last fifteen years.” That’s when it occurred to him that maybe he was meant to make music. “It was like, ‘Oh, maybe this is what I’m supposed to do,'” he remembers. “I’ve worked my whole adult life to build this into something and, what, I’m going to piss it away and start over?”
It was this “dark place” that drove Pryor to turn his back on music for good. Six months later, though, he’s ready to release two new records—a turnaround he attributes to exploring a world apart from performing music. At the end, though, he found that he was where he needed to be all along. “This is who I am, and this is what I do,” he says. “I just had to go off the deep end and try other stuff in order to figure it out.”
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