Matt Styler (left) and Derek Jordan Gregg.

After Andrew Allan-Bentley was appointed the rabbi at Temple Sinai in Palm Desert, the Hive Minds was without a bassist for live shows—that is, until Matt Styler came along. Styler’s bass-playing has definitely given the Hive Minds sound a boost. Visit for a list of upcoming gigs. Styler was kind enough to answer The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

Tom Petty, but I wasn’t quite born yet. I was still in the womb.

What was the first album you owned?

My first album was All Killer, No Filler by Sum 41. I got it when I was in third-grade, and I distinctly remember that the parents of my friend who lived across the street wouldn’t let him listen to it.

What bands are you listening to right now?

I’m always listening to Primus. Besides that, I’m really digging Vampire Weekend, Tame Impala and Glass Animals.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Lil B. I really don’t get the appeal at all.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

If I could somehow see Pink Floyd, I’d probably lose my mind in the best way possible.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Tough one. I’d probably say Gotye or Hozier, but I don’t feel too guilty about it. They’re talented!

What’s your favorite music venue?

The entirety of the Coachella festival. Best venue on the planet!

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker,” from “The Joker,” Steve Miller Band. I just learned how to play that song on the bass, and now it absolutely will not leave my head.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

I would say that goes to Flea and/or the entire Red Hot Chili Peppers. Listening to them and hearing Flea’s basslines are what got me into playing bass. I wanted to re-create those funky lines.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I’d ask Flea if he could hook a fellow bassist up with a fast-track to success! Ha.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Definitely something that I’ve written. As soon as I write something good enough to play at my own funeral, I’ll let you know.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Disclaimer: This answer will probably change in the morning. Pork Soda by Primus.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Everyone should go listen to “Hazey” by Glass Animals. It’s a great song. (Scroll down to hear it!)

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Brian Blueskye

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...