Matt and Kim sweeps Melbourne off its feet

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Thousands of students and Melbourne locals crowded into Downtown Melbourne to hear the youthful anthems that Matt and Kim played into the night on Nov. 6.

Many danced, some people crowd-surfed, drenched in sweat at the front of the stage, as some sang along to the alternative dance duo.

Hawaii-based band Casey Turner Music opened for Matt and Kim as well.

There was something for everyone during the Melbourne Friday Streetfest, which went from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Local vendor tents held beer and food as well as arts, crafts and other items for sale, and many of the bars and restaurants were open until 11 p.m.

Matt and Kim entered the stage at about 10:30 p.m. and sang popular songs, danced and played bass-heavy music. Kim walked out onto the crowds hands toward the end of the performance.

Earlier in the day, Matt and Kim sat down with WFIT’s program director, Todd Kennedy, on Friday afternoon for an exclusive interview before the Homecoming Fest concert.

They talked about Kim Schifino’s sexy Beyonce dance moves and Matt Johnson’s transitions in genres of music.

Photo by Nathaniel Asthon
Photo by Nathaniel Asthon

They both had advice for any students that are following their dreams, or looking for some inspiration.

“Don’t make expectations,” Johnson said. “I never thought it was possible to make a career out of music. It wasn’t about being good. It doesn’t matter what major you take, when you finish it, don’t feel like you need to stick with it. My thing is — don’t feel handcuffed.”

He laughed about how students probably also shouldn’t follow Kim’s advice, being that she’s the edgy, outspoken, kind of reckless of the two.

But Schifino’s advice, aside from the warning to parents, was this:  “You have to do what you love,” she said. “I want to say this, but if you are in a major that you aren’t happy with, get out now.”

She went on to talk about how she switched jobs, majors and careers before finally falling into her passion: music.

And then it clicked, and they made it to where they are now.

The down-to-earth, fun pair that are both so full of life had New Haven Avenue charged and bustling late into the evening on Friday night.

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