Saturday: Hopper tries not to fall asleep at the wheel |

Saturday: Hopper tries not to fall asleep at the wheel

Special to the DailyMatt Hopper plays the South Park Music Festival at 4 p.m., Saturday at Fairplay's Park Bar Stage. The show is 21+ and admission is free.

Matt Hopper drives a 2000 Chevy Blazer that has doubled as his home for more than 80,000 miles and 365 days.

Breaks from tour have been short stopovers in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

His cell number boasts a Seattle area code. Not that that he lives there ” unless you call couch-hopping a residence ” it just happens to be the port he was at when he finally gave in to his girlfriend.

“When I got off that first tour,” he said, “my girlfriend was so pissed at me that I didn’t call.”

She’s got plenty to be upset about now that Hopper’s been around the states a couple times.

“I got a couple bands. I got a couple girlfriends,” he said. “They’re just all situated all over the place.”

Hopper’s backing band of choice for his South Park gig, Saturday, is the Matt Lewis Band out of Provo. Hopper likes the way Lewis drops alt-country licks on top of his tunes.

When Hopper’s not gigging, drinking or chasing tail, he’s dreaming of developing Hatcher Pass Records, his independent label with a rapidly growing roster.

In its present state the label is hardly more than a sticker a select number of bands stamp to new releases. The SUV-dweller doesn’t have money to back any of the bands on the road and the label doesn’t pay for any of the recordings ” at least not yet.

“It’s more like a collective,” he said. “But it’s still people that I like. I’m a pretty picky guy. Everyone in the label I’m pretty stoked on.”

Hopper envisions hiring someone to book and promote bands’ tours while he pursues his own career and acts as the label’s CEO or some other “decision-making position.”

He’s looking forward to the day when a Hatcher Pass band walks away with a major-label gig ” even if it’s not him.

“I really can’t do anything for these guys … I would be stoked for anyone on our label to sign with someone with money,” he said. “A lot of people think I’ll be the first one. It’ll be awesome whatever happens.”

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