That’s Detroit—it always makes you feel like it’s on the verge of tipping toward being successful and booming. And that’s what keeps people there. And when you’re in Detroit, you feel like you own it. It’s your city, you’re there, you’re the one bringing in art and events and doing shows. You’re meeting people who are also doing their version of what their creative interest is…It makes you feel that you’re doing something for its success, and whether it was in the ’80s, ’70s, ’90s, it always has that mystique. It lures you in, it’s this kind of siren city that just kind of takes over and makes you feel like, “if you stay long enough you can fix me.” The city is hypnotizing in that way, it’s fascinating. It’s a great place for artists.
Musician Matthew Dear on Detroit.