Rob Thomas Learns to 'Love the Biz'

Published: 2007-05-07
My Secret Record or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Biz is the title that Rob Thomas' new documentary holds. It was filmed throughout a two year span and focuses on the change from being the frontman of a leading band, Matchbox Twenty, to going it alone as a solo artist. The film has been premiered at the Nashville Film Festival.

At the beginning, filmmaker Gillian Grisman was making a little memento for Thomas to carry with himself on his new trek into solo stardom. As the year rolled on there was more than 350 hours of Thomas' life on tape. This triggered Thomas, "That was when my wife and I decided to take over production and the payment of the film," Thomas told Billboard.

The film captures the narrow line between how someone can be a musician and an alt-pop star at the same time. Rob explained the difficulty he found with that concept to Billboard, "For me it became about a person who considers himself a songwriter. That's what I do. I come down in the morning, I sit down alone with a cup of coffee, and I sit at the piano or with a guitar in the studio and I write. I got to go out and find that line between being a songwriter with integrity and being a force on the radio."

The plan for the film as of now is to have it broadcast by the Independent Film Channel or a company of the same sort where people have access to the documentary.

Writer: Lindsey Peterson



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