Matt Pinfield is a human wikipedia of music history and information. Very few people I can think of know their stuff better than this guy. I grew up watching him on MTV, and getting schooled by him as a viewer. I used to wonder if he’s just well-prepped by a staff or something, but a few interviews with him reassured me that he is exactly as sharp as he seems.
Now, every time we see him to do an interview, I look forward to it. I feel confident that the questions are going to be smart and well-researched, and it’s going to dip into some topics that most interviewers don’t know enough to ask about. Because the dude knows his stuff, and he shows artists the respect of knowing about them well before he sits down with them.
That said, it’s awesome that he’ll be returning to 120 Minutes on MTV. Good call, guys. Matt is one way to put the “M” back in MTV.