By Jennifer Florendo
Singer, songwriter and one of Vegas’ hottest bachelors shares all with Las Vegas Woman. He performs on Fridays and Saturdays at Caesars Palace in The Gossy Room (Cleopatra’s Barge) at Caesars Palace.
New record deal was finalized the day before our interview. He does have hair. Never had a cigarette in his life. Fancies Glenn Close in “Damages.” Has his own music on his iPod. Listens to Kelly Howe meditation CDs. Loves massages, writing love letters and his dog Alfie. And he takes milk in his tea.
Describe a typical day in your shoes:
A typical crazy is day is … I come into Vegas with a film crew that follows me around for the whole day. Maybe do interviews, then we come back and discuss merchandising with the Caesars people and then I get ready and I do a show and then I do a meet-and-greet and sign autographs. My day usually starts at 8 in the morning and goes until 3 a.m. They (the film crew) actually woke me up today. I am so annoyingly private and I wear an old bandana around my eyes when I sleep. I get “wake up!” and oh no there is a camera in my face.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I try to play video games online with my brother. We don’t get to connect that often but that is the way … we have friends all over the world and we just kind of connect that way. I wind down that way. I also write. I am in the middle of writing a brand new record. When I get any spare time, I write. I play the piano. The Gossy album I love because it is so personal.
If you could destroy any grade school photo of yourself what would it be and why?
I have to be honest. I have the worst photography of me, it wasn’t grade school. But I was a young teenager and I had long hair and I was a “new romantic.” It was so bad that I put it in my book. I don’t think that I’d want to get rid of it because it cracks me up; the stages that we go through that think that we are so cool. It was from the New Romantics times, Duran Duran. It was a bit too fem, but it was glamorous and at the time you thought it was great.
Did you ever have a perm?
I hate you for asking that question because I have to say that yes, I did. When I was maybe 12 … it was that bloody new-romantic thing again. But I do have hair now.
Matt removes his signature hat and assures us that yes, he does have hair.
How many hats do you own and do you have a closet for them?
I own like 30. I do have closet for the hats, but I like … I don’t know there is something about hats that makes it complete an outfit. I love the ‘30s and the ‘40s. I don’t know … I never feel over dressed. I like to have a little bit of an edge, but I love clothes. There’s a few fellas in Vegas … Shawn, John Gray, Bronson and Brother Blake … they are dapper fellas. They are four of the best dressed guys I’ve seen in Vegas.
Favorite guilty pleasure when it comes to anything?
That would be … I would say … I don’t eat a lot of fast food, but I would say that my favorite guilty-pleasure fast food would be a Sourdough Jack burger. Sometimes it’s the only thing I fancy. I don’t eat a lot of fast food, but this hits the spot. I like any makeover show. If I see something really, really terrible that they are going to makeover, I love it. I love “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.”
I love Bed Bath and Beyond. That is another place you can lose half of your day. You go in for an hour and see you four hours later. That is a guilty pleasure. There is a Tempur-Pedic shower mat. I am not kidding you … It’s 19 bucks. It’s the softest velour. Sheets are another one of my guilty pleasures. High thread count. I’d rather be in an old-school hotel with good sheets than a trendy hotel with crispy bedding.
What is on your playlist or most recently played?
It might even be playing as we speak because I do this … I walk around … you can’t even hear it … its just sound. It’s called “Delta Sleep Systems” and I just keep it on my phone all the time. It’s not music I listen to, but I listen to it all the time. “The Chronic” by Dr. Dre, You can’t do without a bit of Donnie Hathaway oh and there you have it … Duran Duran’s “Greatest Hits.” The Roots, we got The Roots as well.
Do you name your hats?
I do not, but I have one glass … I love crystal; this is how I knew that I was getting older when I started falling in love with crystal. I was like ya know what this is kinda sad but … s&*t I am getting into crystal. Next thing you know, I am going to go gray. But I have a glass, my manager has a glass, and I named my glass Harry. So I would say to you, if you had a glass what would you name it, do you know?
I decided to name my glass Priscilla.
I named it Harry after my granddad. So I would say to my manager: Me, you, Raquel and Harry fancy a drink? I recommend to your readers, find a glass … not just any glass but one that you can’t do without. It is so you and then you name it and then you get one or two or three of your friends and then you get together with Harry, Raquel and it’s like your drink, whatever your glass is … a martini, champagne. It’s a nice little bit.
If you could be any kitchen appliance what would it be and why?
I would be a very warm, juicy, ready-to-go turkey baster.
If you were grocery shopping alone what is the put-in-your-cart-when-no-one-is-looking item?
Men don’t think that way, we would put that on the top of our cart … I would probably say a magazine, one of the glossy magazines or Cosmopolitan; a chick magazine. I just like keeping in touch with what is going on. I will still get QG and stuff … I love Vogue. You do get a lot of ideas.
So if you were at Whole Foods, you would pick up Las Vegas woman?
The right answer is … yes? Yes.
Have you ever purchased and “As Seen on TV” items?
No, but what I have done is go to that bloody magazine on the plane, Sky Mall, and I think that I need half of the things in there and I really don’t need any of the things in there. Like the guy crawling out of the lawn. Have you seen it? The guy crawling out of the dirt? I wonder if anyone has that. What did I buy? I bought a couple of things for my dog … the steps, I bought for my bulldog. He’s the love of my life. Alfie. He is seven years old, 74 pounds and needs help getting up the steps. The last thing I bought was an oxygen machine. I used it once and I gave it to my cleaner.
Who are you most often told you look like?
This is so weird to say that. I get told I look like two people and I feel weird for saying it. Who do you think? (I pause … Jude Law comes to mind) and he is one of the guys I get. There is another one … Beckham. (As I agree, Matt follows with …) I want your readers to know that is your opinion, not mine. They are two very decent fellas to look like. I am very grateful to look like either of those guys.
Do you ever get told you look like that guy who performs at Caesars?
Yes, I get that a lot. The best compliment I got was this Halloween a couple of guys dressed as Matt Goss, and that made my night. Another guy went as Matt Goss and had four Dirty Virgins attached to him on a broom. That made my day, too.
Do you ever mess with people when they play the “how do I know you” game?
No, people will say “I’ve met you before. Where do I know you?” and you both know that you haven’t met, but we try to work out where we might have met.
Are you single?
I am single.
Tell us about your ideal woman or date here in Vegas.
I love kindness. When a woman is inherently kind and when you can see compassion. If a woman is kind enough and womanly enough to understand … It’s very intimate to get to know somebody. When you have a bad day and when you want to share that with someone. When the woman starts here (the feeling in your belly) and “ohhh she’s in my belly” and then if it moves to your heart … that is what I am waiting for: That movement to get to my heart. That is a recent thing for me, only in the few months have I been ready.
The good thing about being single is that I don’t have to compromise myself in anyway. I do want to get married and I do want to find someone who could take my breath away. I want to look her in the eyes and say I want to make life with you. Not make love, make life with you. That’s such a present moment when you know that. I want it to be very conscious and very deliberate. That, to me, is probably the most profoundly romantic thing, for me anyway.
Date wise … I don’t like planning the whole … I think that a beautiful meal still stands up and sharing food and a good glass of wine, conversation. I think that it is best not to look, it will just find you. I think that the perfect date is when you can’t wait for the next one.