Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) on giving yourself permission to be creative – Attention Engineer Episode 50

Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) on giving yourself permission to be creative – Attention Engineer Episode 50


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Matthew Caws has been playing guitar, singing and writing songs in Nada Surf since 1994. He is one half of Minor Alps with Juliana Hatfield. He’s from New York City but currently lives in Cambridge, England. Find out more at nadasurf.com.

Nada Surf’s new EP “Cycle Through” is out now, a companion piece to their 2020 album “Never Not Together”. They’re on tour in the US in November 2021 and Europe and the UK in 2022 – get tickets here.

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In this conversation, we discuss:

  • how anxiety gets in the way of songwriting
  • the anomaly of artists being financially successful
  • what it’s like listening to the music you made a long time ago
  • how to keep writing interesting material when you’re happily married
  • ageing with your audience – when your existence is a mirror to their years gone by
  • John Cleese’s 90 minute creativity rule

Matthew’s song suggestions:




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