From Pawtucket, Rhode island, Matt Tarro recently moved out to Los Angeles to grow his career in digital media. His passion for photography and content creation is unrivaled. He is a guy that is always down for adventure. His spontaneous, on the fly, lets go mentality keeps everyone around him stoked. Matt has found a rad niche in shooting and working at night using long exposure. Here is an interview with Matt on his day to day rad-ness and night crawling tendencies. Enjoy!
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
What do you do?
I'm a digital ad operations manager for NBC Entertainment. My job is to ensure quality and I just made partner at GroupM, the world’s largest advertising media company. I don't love working behind a desk - but at least this desk is in LA.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I pull from so many sources of inspiration - but my strong family is number one. I try real hard each day to stoke myself up to the point of creating inspiration.
Describe art in four words or less...
Is there one project that you've done that really stands out to you?
The first GoPro edit I made for a bike company out here - 6ku. I bought their bike while living in NYC and stocked up a whole year of footage.. overall I trimmed 100 hours of footage from LA and NYC into 2 minutes.
Favorite brew, food, story, band.
I've really stopped drinking since I've moved to LA - but I love a good local IPA of any variety. I'm a type 1 diabetic, so I really like foods I can eat a lot of and not have to take insulin for...like MEAT. I once did a front-flip on a snowboard. Totally didn't mean to though. THE LEGENDARY ROOTS CREW.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Extrovert.. Poster Boy.
Who's your creative idol?
Chuck Anderson changed my fuckin life - I found out about him while I was graphic designer for my college's student run magazine.
Tell me about a cool adventure you've had..
Driving 3,000 miles across the country with my 80 year father... While moving out to LA, I only had room for one other person on my journey. The obvious choice was Bob, my father. It took a cool 6 days since we had to stop and gamble in Vegas. Best trip I've had.
What does design mean to you?
I love taking an idea and creating something from that thought. It could be my idea or yours - I'm just usually excited to have the opportunity to help create something. Design drives creativity.
What does RAD mean?
Stoke level is 1000.
What's your favorite downtime activity?
Love listening to music, but I'm always busy doing something.
What's your Pet Peeve?
Lack of manners - it's so simple.
You've done some stuff for UB, how is it working with them?
It's great working with people who are similar to you and still so different. My younger brother went to college with Mat and JP, and we're similar ages - so it was a good transition moving out to LA when I didn't know anyone. I get excited to work with people who are so passionate about being positive and doing good things.
You have been shooting a lot of RAD long exposure photography lately. What inspired this category of picture taking and where do you see it going?
I really got into long exposure shots when I bought the GoPro Hero 4 Silver before moving out to LA. It's got a Night Lapse setting and once I started it was hard to stop. I have been riding my bike all over and a compact setup allowed for me to crawl around with my gear. I just bought the Pixel Stick and I'm working on working out settings and custom art now.
You work and collaborate with some talented friends in LA. Tell us about your crew you shoot with! Guys like Nate Polta, AJ Johnson, Ryan, etc.
It's a dope crew, gaining traction... Good college buddy and I have worked on projects together in the past, Ryan lives up in Santa Clarita. We shot the first UB Sails 2 Stuff video together, naturally using way more of his shots than mine.
More recently been starting up some projects with AJ (@RandolphBinks) and Nate (@NatePolta). Nate grew up with my old roommate in NYC of 3 years, so we met awhile ago. My younger brother went to Pepperdine so I can directly attribute a lot of my friends in LA to him - AJ and being one of them. A true philosopher and photographer it's an honor to work with guys who push my creative goals. Working with guys that all operate at a similar pace makes the end result that much better.
Shooting, producing, and editing all of this rad content takes time. How do you find the balance between your day job and your passion projects?
Ah man, I wish there was more time in the day!! I usually get home around 7pm from my day job - but it pays the bills and has provided me a lot of opportunity so I cannot complain too much about that. I used to go out and drink after work in NYC.. now I come home to ride my bike, shoot, edit and produce a :15 or :30 second spot in a night. I love the hustle and constantly challenge myself to do more with less.
What's on tap for @PHARROO in 2016?
Time to rise up and make some noise. Jeep adventures, Drones, and remote locations.