Q&A

Matisyahu: My Relationship to Judaism Has Grown and Changed

Matthew Paul Miller, otherwise known as Matisyahu (translated to "Gift of God" in Hebrew), has been putting out his blend of traditional Jewish themes, reggae, beatboxing, alternative, and slightly psychedelic rock since 2004.

From the beginning, he was known for his signature beard and Hasidic garb, and strong Jewish faith. Four albums later, he's moved to L.A., left his yarmulke by the wayside, and dyed his hair blond. While he still may be religious, he says he felt locked in by the Hasidic life, and felt he needed to expand to discover his own truth. Which, coincidentally, has worked quite well for his musical style.

Currently on tour after finishing up his fifth studio album, Matisyahu is ready to take his career, and sound, to the next level.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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