Emperor X (real name Chad Matheny) plays one-man pop songs, sometimes with little more than an acoustic guitar and a port-a-mic. Typical descriptions of his sound often include the words "electronica" and "indie", but a more fitting one might be experimental indie-folk. In live shows, Emperor X often includes motley
and mercurial backing musicians, usually Matheny's friends and acquaintances.
Most Emperor X songs riff on Matheny's life, usually straying into the realm of the future or his obsession with mass transit (see "Everyone in Jacksonville", "Right to the Rails" and "Edgeless").
Matheny tours the United States very frequently, and recently completed small tours of Mexico and Canada.
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