Keeping up with our premiere week, we got the exciting Matt Dobkin who has return with the release of his new single “They Warned Us.”
About the song, Dobkin comments:
“They” in the title refers to Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, and Stevie Wonder, all of whom railed against similar political issues decades ago. Nothing has really changed since the late-1960s; hence, “they warned us.” This song makes specific musical and lyrical reference to these four artists, verse by verse.
Artist and native New Yorker Matt Dobkin is not going to take it anymore. A veteran musician, journalist, author, editor and Metropolitan Opera marketing executive, Dobkin pulls his talents from his diverse background to create his fourth studio album, entitled Six Songs of Protest. Like many Americans who were shocked by the 2016 Presidential election results, Dobkin felt compelled to take action. He decided to channel his emotions and thoughts on today’s political landscape into six songs about organizing to effect change, with an emphasis on a number of issues that remain relevant from past decades into the present. The album addresses White House corruption, police brutality, environmental issues, and gay cruising, and also features a Phil Ochs cover about hope.
Dobkin joins a number of engaged American artists across various disciplines who are using music, literature, visual arts and other forms as a means to channel and express their frustration with the current state of political affairs. As he says in the lead-off track, “Organize”: Calling on the people / take to the streets / raise voices loud / drown out the Tweets.
With a New Year around the corner, Matt Dobkin plans to release his new body of work, Six Songs of Protest, in the spring. Look out for his first single, “They Warned Us,” coming out on January 11, 2019.