Charlotte-raised Matthew Barnes has launched a podcast, appropriately named, “NCLT.”
Anyone in the city will be familiar with the ‘CLT portion, but the ‘N’ indicates that all is relatable and takes place within the “city that buzzes.”
From the first graduating class of Ardrey Kell High in Ballantyne, Barnes went on to spend much time outside of Charlotte. He spent six years studying art and music in Philadelphia, a semester in France and nearly a year on the other side of the world, farming in Australia.
He knows how to compare one city to another, as he’s touched base in some of major cities of the globe: London, Madrid, Brisbane, New York, Ottawa, etc.
So it was with these globetrotting eyes, Barnes was able to see the growth in the Queen City that seemed to take place overnight. As an artist, he sees the thriving arts scene in The Plaza with venues like Petra’s Piano Bar offering feet stompin’ evenings through SuCasa, or the still thrivin’ opportunity musicians and DJs get at Snug Harbor. Breweries and eateries are opening on what feels like a daily basis and now there is virtually no reason to not support a local brewery when going out to eat. He was present at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and is loosely tied to the dynamic politics that (for better or worse) might put the Hornet’s Nest in national view.
To capture the moments as they rise, Barnes has done what he describes as the “Alan Lomax approach” is to take a tape recorder to the people and events that capture the essence of Charlotte.
Not an undisciplined man, the 26-year-old millennial designed the website, logo, came up with the theme and edits the audio as he hosts and produces the show.
There are no limits to who he’s willing to speak with as he believes everyone has a story to tell, regardless of vocation or background.
“I was brought up listening to ‘This American Life’ on the radio, before podcast were even a thing,” Barnes said.”I was disappointed when we arrived at our destination because I often wanted to stay in the car and finish the story.”