My Exit: Matt Gwizdala

My EXIT Photo - Matt Gwizdala.jpgMonday is My Exit day at WEXT -- the day one listener gets to program an hour of music from their favorites. It's like meeting someone new and asking, "What's on your iPod?" It can be a fun way to discover new music or remember old favorites.

Tonight's musical journey takes us from The Rolling Stones to Sharon Van Etten, with some Stevie Wonder in between.

There's more about this week's My Exit DJ and some of what you'll hear on his show, after the jump.

Who?
Hey my name is Matt Gwizdala. I'm a 26 year old living in Albany. I work for a construction/bidding website called ebidboard.com. In my spare time I love painting, photography and just recently picked up the bass. When it comes down to it, I'd have to say that music inspires every facet my life.

What types of music do you enjoy?
I listen to music everywhere I go, whether it's at work, in my car or at home on my turn table. Music gives me something to look forward to. My musical tastes range from the depressing to the sublime. Jazz, folk, hip hop, rock and a whole bunch more in between tickle my fancy. I love to see live music and dance so I guess I'd have to say I like whatever keeps me moving.

Five Songs from Matt's My Exit:

"Tumbling Dice" - Rolling Stones
For me, this track embodies everything that the Rolling Stones represent. A raucous mingling of biting, bluesy riffs interlaced with raw vocals and extremely catchy harmonies, this song excites me every time I hear it. This is just one of the few wonderful tracks that make Exile on Main Street a classic.

"All I Can" - Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten is one of my favorite artists on the scene today and this track off her second full length album, Tramp, is another track that just gets me. Her brutally honest lyrics and haunting vocals draw me right in. It starts slow and as it moves along, each instrument is layered on one by one, leading to a wonderfully satisfying climax.

"Please Don't Go" - Stevie Wonder
What can I say? Stevie is simply one of my favorite artists. I chose this song as the closer for my set because this track also ends his album Fulfillingess' First Finale and I felt as if it was a perfect closer. This track includes every element that ultimately make Stevie Wonder a true musical legend.

"To Be Alone With You" - Bob Dylan
This song is short, sweet and straight to the point. Dylan's nasally vocals cruise smoothly through this jaunty lament to his lover. This album (Nashville Skyline) isn't one of my favorites, but this song definitely is.

"Feel Like Makin' Love" - D'Angelo
This is definitely my favorite track off of D'Angelo's album Voodoo and is one of my favorite covers of all time. If you haven't heard this album then I would highly recommend it. In my opinion, D'Angelo's incredibly smooth vocals and tight band created an instant classic with this recording. I (and I'm sure countless others) only wish he would come out with another album.

You can hear Mike's My Exit show Monday night at 11pm on 97.7, Saturday at 8 am, or at exit977.org.

Here's how to schedule your own My Exit show on WEXT.

Comments

Wooooooooooo! Matt! Great kid, with great music taste.

YA GOT HILLS!

I've known this guy for many years and he has impeccable taste in music. Rock on Gwiz!

Go Gwiz! A wonderful My Exit setlist indeed! Way to go buddy, keep up the awesome work! Much love to 97.7 all the way from Denver xo

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