This is my interview with Matt Hires at his show on October 27th in Akron, OH. He is an awesome musician and after seeing his show, I am definitely a fan. Here are links to his videos for his radio hit “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzA_0fbeNh4 and “You in the End”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nicRqEGAHHc. Check out this interview on the BRAND NEW JBRINLINGINTERVIEWS HERE: http://www.wix.com/12brinlingj/jbrinlinginterviews#!__matt-hires
How are you?
I’m doing good.
Are you enjoying the tour so far?
I am. This will be the third night of the tour. But the first two nights have been great. So it’s been fun, good shows.
When you are on tour, what do you do to stay busy?
Usually there’s plenty to do with like driving, loading in…
Me: Hunting down your merch bags. (Matt had accidently left the bags at the venue the night before)
(Laughs) Hunting down my merch and stuff. But I do read stuff and watch TV shows on my computer and on our days off we usually do something fun.
Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
The best advice I can give is to practice as much as you can and try to be as good as you can at whatever you do, play, or sing or whatever.
If you could give yourself advice 5 years ago, what would you say?
I would say to make sure you don’t quit and keep at it because there have been a couple of times when I almost threw in the towel.
If you could co-write an album with anyone, who would it be and why?
Tom Petty would be great and why…because he’s freaking Tom Petty. (Laughs)
Do you have a favorite song to play live?
That’s a tough question because I like playing all of them. I like playing “Out Of The Dark” a lot because it has a whistling part that I like to do.
Do you have a favorite place to play?
There are a lot of fun cities. I had a lot of fun in Chicago last night. Chicago is always a fun time. San Diego and New York and there are a lot of good cities around.
Who’s your favorite band or artist that you’ve toured with?
A band called Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers. They’re actually playing in Cleveland tonight. Yeah they’re really good dudes and they make good music too.
Is there a song that you wish you performed live?
There’s this song by The Belle Brigade that I’ve been into lately called “Losers.” Actually, Rachel and I almost covered on this tour but we did…before going on this tour we put a poll up on Facebook of four different songs for people to choose from.
Are you glad “All These Things I’ve Done” is the winner?
Yeah, we were hoping that it was going be The Belle Brigade song but it turned out that The Killers song is fun to play too. So, I’m okay with it.
You also recently posted a photo with your van and its name possibilities. Have you decided on a name? Have you compromised?
We think it’s going to be “Van Gogh.” I think that’s what we landed on (Laughs).
Is it strange to hear “Honey, Let Me Sing You A Song” on radio and some of your other stuff on radio and TV?
Yeah, it always is. The first time I heard it on the radio was a weird thing and then the first time I heard it out somewhere, I think it’s the only time I heard it out somewhere, it was in an airport in somewhere in California in some small town like Bakersfield or something like that.
Me: Did you start freaking out and go ‘this is me!’
(Laughs) No, I didn’t. I was just by myself flying somewhere. I stayed calm and listened. But yeah a lot of those TV shows have been pretty cool too. It’s always fun to hear it on that.
What’s your greatest memory in music so far?
Well my best memory so far has been playing my first big nationwide tour. I was out with Eric Hutchinson and we were traveling in the same bus together, it was him and Meaghan Smith who was supporting and I was opening acoustic and we all traveled in the bus together for two and a half months. It was really great because we all got really close. Everyone was really cool. It was a fun tour to be on.
What are your plans for the future?
Keep on making music and after this tour I’m going into the studio to start recording album number two and hopefully put that out summer of next year.