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I started the dickenz.com to take advantage of the internet’s enormous potential to reach other people, through music and lyrics about real things. To spark a connection with people who are not being offered a creative and more mature foundation of music and art.


Matthew Hirte

I say, “real things” in contrary to what the music industry now is, as well as just about all forms of industry that are only about demographics and shrewd marketing tactics. Music has been turned into a cheep product. It is now controlled by people who think that it’s fashionable and seasonable. Ether the musicians have been weeded out or people have given up on learning from the experience of being one.
Most of what we see and hear is adolescent if not phony. The industry has been overrun and sacked by minds comparable to bankers, hedge fund managers– members of the PTA. Record company executives now are people who see our culture like a piece of meat. They don't understand music or what makes a musician.

They are the kind of people who choose for their own opinion what greatness is after the fact– choosing the Beatles as their favorite band because they were a huge success, not because their music meant anything to them. Saying that there will never be another Beatles is the same thing as saying there will never be another Eric Clapton, Michael Jordan or Einstein.

It shows that our culture has sunk to a level of mediocrity and much more that the pinnacle of the human race has arisen to greed, self indulgence and irresponsibility– which to my amazement seems to be OK with a lot of people. We are a society who lunges for sappy boy/spice girl clone bands and rock bands who couldn't play a guitar to a class of 5th graders. I’m sure there were loads of people that said there will never be another Bach. “No musician will EVER reach that kind of status”, and along came Mozart.


There were many like Beethoven, Johann Strauss and Tchaikovsky, etc… and from Duke Ellington to Quincy Jones. They are all pioneers of an ongoing evolution of music in which they shined more than others. Mozart was the first to really go beyond his piers and that’s why he takes the spot light. His music was rudimentary in a new realm of music and it’s evolution– just like the Beatles. Just because "mainstream" can't produce rock music doesn't make it dead.

What has happened to the recording industry is it has slowly been infiltrated by people who lack respect for our culture and it’s music. They control something which they know nothing about. What’s worse is they have demoralized it and practically closed it off to the “true artist“.

This is what I call threatening. The true artists are the ones walking the walk and, “singing the talk“. They pay the price and suddenly find all their efforts don’t count anymore because a machine, with a strong bias has replaced them. They are saying to artists all over the world that they will never be great. They are saying for every artist that ever made an impression, "We have a template, we don't need artists anymore".
I will speak my mind. I will speak against them. I will SHARE my thoughts to them. I will ROCK until I drop. Rock is not dead. They insult Rock & Roll. Guffaw!

My convictions come from the lessons I’ve learned throughout the good and not so good times of my life and some of those times were quite reckless. But they are reflected by my music as real emotions and thoughts that are meant to make a positive impression.

My opinions have built up over the years by observing each situation that comes my way and asking myself, what’s the right thing to do? Often after I have already done the wrong thing. My life experience has taken me down many rough roads but by making it through those rough times it has made me stronger, making the message of my art stronger. To hopefully reach others by music with the power of real stories and truth in their messages.

Truth can be defined in many different ways depending on how open or closed minded a person is. But even closed minded people know deep down what is right, it’s just that they have learned to ignore it. To interpret something to suit themselves. For a society living in a fairly futuristic age I would say we’re failing miserably.
There are many programs and foundations that have been started up to help scientific research and those in need. But it’s a drop of water in the ocean compared to what it could be, which is mostly caused from greed. This kind of behavior can only be explained in one word: childish. If a person is lying, cheating, stealing or worse, it’s because they are mentally disturbed or they don’t care.

They feel that they are exempt from working or being honest which is mostly a result of parents lacking the respect to raise their children responsibly. When this kind of behavior is allowed to grow with the mind’s of the youth you get what we have today-- a society of people who think that wealth and material goods are what make a person ,and any means to get them are justified.
And while everyone is busy getting rich or trying to, the world falls apart. Being wealthy isn’t a bad thing, it’s just that most people will demoralize themselves for money. Only to waste it and live way beyond a reasonable life style.

When I was growing up, I was told that I could achieve anything that I put my mind to and I did, but what I didn’t realize is that it would be a long frustrating road. Much more than I thought and more than anyone had ever expressed to me.

Not because the road is so rough but because if you don’t watch it, people who you get involved with may not see your vision. You can’t know this so you get involved. Instead of the yellow brick road on the way to Oz, you‘re on the highway to hell with Dorothy the crazy woman, the stupid scarecrow, the conniving tin man and the hungry lion. This is how I see our society.

If we are to plan for our future, then we need to start by dragging our society’s standards out of the gutter and start facing the truth. Rome was the modern world of the ancients. They thought that they were the future and as soon as they lost their way, they crumbled. It took hundreds of years but they crumbled.

So who are we to think that we are the future and that the same thing couldn’t happen to us? This is ignorance and should not be tolerated any longer. My message is to warn those people who choose to live in denial, that they make it harder for all the honest people in the world. All living things deserve respect and the only way we are to survive is to learn from our mistakes and correct them.

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