“MUSIC Matters has opened doors for me that I didn’t know existed; it has solidified my desire to be in this business.” -Matt Ladis, President of MUSIC Matters
Matt Ladis is a senior, Miami-born music lover, and is majoring Economics with a minor in Music. While he now oversees all of MUSIC Matters as president, as a freshman he entered the overwhelming, maze-like, student organization showcase that is ~Festifall~ and saw a big sign that said “Bring Grammy Winning Artists to Campus.” He signed up and has never looked back.
Even though MUSIC Matters tends to overtake all of our lives, Matt is also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and Wolverine Support Network, and he’s not too shabby at intramural basketball either. His passion for music doesn’t fall far from the tree – Matt’s dad used to book concerts in college too. After playing guitar for eleven years and saxophone for eight, it’s evident that music is a constant in his life. Some of his favorite memories and experiences with music include spending four full days at the Electric Forest festival this past summer and seeing Roger Waters’ “The Wall” tour sophomore year of high school with his dad.
Right after SpringFest 2016, he knew he wanted to be a leader in the organization and took up the position of treasurer the following year. After being fortunate to have been awarded a spot on the annual MM trip to LA in 2017, he knew he wanted to set his sights higher. As the current president, Matt hopes to create more opportunities for students interested in the entertainment business and help them discover ways to get there. And, you know… selling out the evening SpringFest concert and increasing MM’s overall brand awareness on campus would be cool as well.
Matt’s favorite experience with MM was attending the trip to LA in January of 2017, and he is thrilled and humbled to to have been selected to return on the trip again this November. For someone interested in the entertainment industry, Matt says it is the trip of a lifetime. He couldn’t encourage up and coming MM members more to apply for this trip, and after all, our alumni do pick up the tab 😉. Matt is “1000% pursuing a career in the music/entertainment industry” after he graduates this spring, and couldn’t be more grateful for the doors MM has opened.
“Surreal” by Louis Futon
“Finest Ones” by Rakim
“I Used to Love H.E.R.” by Common
“rockstar” by Post Malone
“You Enjoy Myself” by Phish
“Somethin’ Else” by Cannonball Adderley
“Crazy Dream” by Tom Misch
All time favorites and classics
“Reminiscing” by the Little River Band
“I’ve Got the World on a String” by Frank Sinatra
“Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix
“Going to California” by Led Zeppelin
“Shine on You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd
“Bye Bye Blackbird” by Miles Davis
“Peace Frog” by The Doors
“Just Friends” by Charlie Parker
“Crossroad Blues” by Robert Johnson
“Thug Mansion” by 2Pac
For game day: Come on Eileen