Roll Call with Mattiel Brown

The singer, songwriter, furniture builder, and conceptual artist is a walking sponge

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Who are you?
Well, right now I’m a living person. But tomorrow? Who knows.

Describe yourself in three words.
A walking sponge.

If you could start one trend what would it be?
I’d bring back country line dances. Imagine walking into Opera and they’re playing “Panda” by Desiigner and people are doing Triple Steps and Charlestons in classic line formation.

If you could end one trend what would it be?
The worship of money and commerce. That one’s pretty tired.

Beatles For Sale? Or Rubber Soul?
Rubber Soul. I remember pulling it out of my mom’s closet and there was no vinyl in the sleeve, but I just loved it for the cover. I used to stare at it wondering how they stretched the photograph.

What song do you wish you had written?
"Hand Springs" by the White Stripes.

What monster scares you the most?
I don’t fear God much, but I’m pretty afraid of the white Baptist male.

Who in Atlanta deserves a raise?
Any person with enough balls to ask for one (and the brains to justify it).

Mattiel Brown plays the Star Bar on Fri., Sept. 23. With Veiny Hands and Black Linen. $8. 9 p.m. 437 Moreland Ave. N.E. www.starbar.net.