During this time, Matthew was also composing, recording, and gigging with bands in Japan’s underground music scene. Necessarily, this exposed him to the wealth of hidden talent in Japan’s underground art communities, and also the many fail points that keep it from breaking onto the world stage.
In Tokyo, Matthew experienced a wide range of business and social activities. Paired with his experience in Miyako, this eventually coalesced into a unique understanding of ecosystem dynamics.
With a sincere desire to support the artists he worked with by leveraging his business acumen, Matthew decided to move to Seattle. There, he simultaneously worked in cryptocurrency and established U235, an LLC devoted to spreading the good word of Japanese music.