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Emperor X
Chad-matheny-2016.jpgMatheny in 2016
Background information
Louisville, Kentucky
OriginJacksonville, Florida, United States
  • Alternative
  • noise pop
  • noise rock
  • lo-fi
  • folk
  • indie folk
  • Guitar
  • keyboard
  • vocals
Years active1998 – present
  • Bar/None Records
  • Discos Mariscos
  • Snowglobe Records
  • Bakery Outlet Records
  • Burnt Toast Vinyl
  • Plan-It-X Records
  • Tiny Engines[1]
Associated acts
  • The Cadets
  • Applied Communications
  • Beatcancel
  • Neosporin

Chad R. Matheny, known professionally as Emperor X, is an American singer and songwriter.


  • 1 Early life and career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Full-length albums
    • 3.2 EPs and singles
    • 3.3 Tour-only releases
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life and career

Matheny got his start in music when he was given a Casio SK-1 by his grandparents at age 9, and managed to record his first album on a Tascam four-track before the age of 20.[2]

Matheny tours across the United States regularly and performs around the world as well, including tours in Mexico, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the European Union.[3]

In a self-described attempt to "address the diminishing utility of physical copies of music and the expanding role of marketing in the experience of art",[4] Matheny often hides or buries one-off physical copies and associated visual artwork of b-sides at GPS coordinates and posts them online as a part of a geocaching game to unlock MP3 copies of the audio. For the release of the 2011 Emperor X album Western Teleport, 41 "translucent purple audio cassettes" were buried across North America, many of which remain undiscovered.[5] This received a feature on NPR's "Weekend Edition" program.[6]

Personal life

Matheny was a former high school science teacher,[7] and in 2004 he stopped his pursuit of a master's degree in physics in order to dedicate his career to music.[8]

Matheny is a testicular cancer survivor. [9]

Full-length albums

  • The Joytakers' Rakes/Stars on the Ceiling, Pleasantly Kneeling (1998, self-released)
  • Tectonic Membrane/Thin Strip on an Edgeless Platform (2004, Discos Mariscos) [10]
  • Central Hug/Friendarmy/Fractal Dunes (2005, Discos Mariscos)
  • The Blythe Archives Volumes One and Two (2009, Burnt Toast Vinyl/self-released)
  • Western Teleport (2011, Bar/None Records)
  • Nineteen Live Recordings (2013, Plan-It-X Records)
  • The Orlando Sentinel (2014, The Bomber Jacket) [11]
  • Oversleepers International (2017, Tiny Engines)

EPs and singles

  • Wuss/Strike/River/Preacher/Magnet/God/Unwuss (2006)
  • Dirt Dealership 7" (2007)
  • Defiance (for Elise Sunderhuse) (2010)
  • Wasted on the Senate Floor (2016)

Tour-only releases

  • Gasheater/Raytracer (2004)
  • East Coast and Freedom From/Freedom To (2004)
  • Everyone in Jacksonville (2006)
  • Australia Tour Tape (2010)
  • Several New Songs in Various Digital Formats (2011)


  1. ^ "Tiny Engines biography page". Tiny Engines. 
  2. ^ Ubl, Sam. "Tectonic Membrane/Thin Strip on an Edgeless Platform Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Matheny, Chad. "A POORLY-FORMATTED BUT COMPLETE LST OF EVERY EMPEROR X PERFORMACE EVER SO FAR". Emperor X Official Website. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Wasoba, Ryan. "Emperor X On Stock Responses And Performative Marketing". Riverfront Times. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Matheny, Chad. "Western Teleport Nodes". Western Teleport. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  6. ^ NPR feature
  7. ^ Deusner, Stephen. "The Most Underrated Albums of 2011". Salon. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Emperor X Biography". Bar None Records. 
  9. ^ "Indieheads Podcast interview". YouTube. 
  10. ^ Ubl, Sam. "Tectonic Membrane/Thin Strip on an Edgeless Platform Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  11. ^ Eakin, Marah. "Emperor X tries to put Orlando on the map (again) with a new single, EP". The AV Club. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 

External links

  • "Weekend Edition" Story on Matheny's Burial Project
  • L Magazine review
  • Interview with Artist Connection Podcast

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