Behind the apron: One chow hall member trades the spatula for the stage

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  • By Senior Airman Emerald Ralston
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
During the day he can be found making wraps and grilling chicken to order at the 92nd Force Support Squadron's Warrior Dining Facility. But at the end of the day, Senior Airman Matt Baumann returns home to his guitar and performs his music all over the Spokane area. 

The musician, who has been playing guitar and writing lyrics for nine years, said his primary goal is to produce a good product, both in the kitchen and the studio. 

"I like being a chef because I like making a good product," he said. "I like it when people bite into my food they're like 'mm!' It's kind of the same with my music. I like it when they can relate. A lot of my songs are about relationships and relationship problems, so I'm pretty sure most people can connect to one point in their life with one of my songs." 

While he admits he has never really been in a serious relationship, a lot of Airman Baumann's lyrics revolve around heartbreak and love. 

"I never mean to but a lot of the time when I'm writing it just gravitates to the subject of relationships,' he said. "As my style matures a little bit, I've been trying to mix it up and writing more about life, happiness and moving on - the girl phase is in the process of fading out a little bit." 

His catchy pop music has roots in some of the music he listened to in high school, such as Dashboard Confessional, Anberlin, Jack's Mannequin and Taking Back Sunday. 

Airman Baumann started playing open mic sessions around Spokane in the past couple of years, and has played at various bars, wineries, restaurants and coffee shops since. 

Catch Airman Baumann's set at 108 N. Washington St., Spokane, from 8 to 11 p.m. tonight and Saturday night.