Interview: ‘My Silent Bravery’ Talks Their New Album
We had the chance to chat with Matthew Wade of My Silent Bravery about his new single and album, their amazing fan support, and what their listeners can look forward to next. He also reveals a new tour is in the works!
Read on for our interview with My Silent Bravery:
Let’s start with the basics! What inspired you to begin making music?
I was traveling in Australia and working out in the gym and ended up herniating a couple of discs in my neck. The injury led me to do a lot of soul searching for pain relief which led to me to spirituality, more specifically kabbalah. As a result of my studies in Kabbalah and working on myself, I realized I wanted to give back to the world at large and music was the vehicle I wanted to use to help spread a positive message. I think everything happens for a reason. My injury was the biggest challenge of my life so far, but from the biggest challenges also come the biggest blessings. The injury helped me recognize it’s important to pay it forward and help others. I want to create music that inspires, helps, and motivates others to overcome their challenges.
Have any other artists inspired or influenced you?
I would say my biggest musical influence is Bob Marley. I love how he promoted a message of peace and unity with his music. It’s something that I try to do. Also, there is a philosophical, spiritual vibe to a lot of his music and lyrics. I have some of that, but within my own way and beliefs. He’s definitely my favorite. In addition, I am a big fan of Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, The Police, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, 311, and countless others.
Is there anyone you would love to collaborate and work with someday?
There are plenty of people I would love to work with out there. There are tons of talented people. Someone I’d love to work with, which might come as a surprise is Eminem. I’m a big Eminem fan. I just think that the guy is a genius in his storytelling. I would love to work with him and come up with something very unique. I’d love to pick his brain a bit and the way he tells his story is fascinating. I think he is extremely talented. Another artist I’d love to collaborate with is Damien Marley.
Where do you draw your inspiration from as a songwriter?
Every song has its own story and inspiration. Most of the inspiration for my songs comes from life experience. I find I need the songs to resonate internally if I want them to resonate with others. For me, each song is a story, and I try to tell the story to the best of my ability. I then hope listeners will connect with the story and be drawn into it and relate emotionally and how it applies in their own lives.
What can listeners expect from your album? How would you describe your sound for someone who hasn’t yet heard your music?
Diamond from Coal is a twelve track CD, which also includes a couple remixed bonus tracks, if you buy it online. The feel and vibe for me is a continuation of where my last record left off, along with some new elements fans haven’t heard before. Overall I think it’s a pop/rock record, but that there are a lot of different styles and genres combined on the record, which keeps the listener guessing from start to finish. Being an independent artist, I don’t really need to fit within one genre. I like to call my music “acoustic driven pop rock with a positive message.” I’m really proud of the record that we made as a whole. I’m still a guy who likes to make albums, not just singles. I still like releasing music as an album because that is how I grew up listening to music. I’m a fan of getting a full body of work not just a piece of it. It’s like a book, you have multiple chapters and with only one of them you aren’t getting the whole picture.
What kind of music are you, yourself into?
I love all different kinds of music. I mentioned a lot of my influences earlier which I listen to often. Some of the current records in my CD player include the latest albums from Drake, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay.
Do you have any plans to tour? What can fans expect from one of your live shows?
Yes! I will be touring this fall with Anna Nalick. You may remember her big hit song Breathe. Fans can expect a mix of MSB favorites and usually a few surprises. I generally aim to please and play songs that I think that the fans want to hear, usually the fan favorites. A lot of times I’ll usually throw in an interesting cover or two, something fans might not expect. I may do a cover of an old school rap song, which is very different from what I do as an artist releasing original pop/rock music. I think it makes it fun and we try to be as interactive as we can. From the first song, we hope fans are very engaged and that they will walk away inspired.
I was actually referred to you after an interview and learning that Cara Maria from The Challenge appeared in one of your music videos. How did that partnership come about?
Yeah, Cara Maria was featured in the first video from the new album for a song called Amazing. Cara and I have a mutual friend who connected us. Shout out to Benny Trouble in Beantown! I thought she would be great for the video and she was into it and I think the video came out great.
Your new single that fans can check out is “On My Side” and it’s a song that means a lot to you. What was the inspiration behind that song?
It’s a song for my friends, fans and family. It’s dedicated to them for really being on my side throughout all my musical endeavors. The music business is not a very easy one and this song is a personal thank you to everyone who continues to support me in my journey. Whether it’s to come out to a show, buy a CD, comment on Facebook, Retweet on Twitter, it all helps and is appreciated. In addition to my connection with the song and its meaning, it is also for listeners to relate it to their own life, with whatever obstacle they are experiencing and people who have supported them. Specifically, the first verse is about overcoming doubt and the second verse is about manifesting your own destiny, choosing your own path and making it happen. The bridge is a shout to my immediate family, but I think anyone who listens can still relate it to their own experience and family. The video is also my most personal one to date, letting viewers into my world.
How has the fan support been so far? Do you enjoy interacting with them on social media?
The fan support has been AMAZING. I feel really lucky and blessed to have such wonderful fans. Yes, I really enjoy interacting with them on social media. ) I think fans want an individual and unique experience. When fans go online to an MSB social networking site, they actually get me. With a lot of artist sites, that is not the case. I find it really important to the process and it gives the fans a unique experience to get actual engagement and develop a friendship with me the artist and person. I think it goes a long way and they appreciate it and respect it
After being featured all over television and as your views and fans continue to grow, what are your hopes for the future?
I have always been motivated and ambitious. As mentioned earlier, I feel it is one of my life missions to help inspire and motivate others. I have a large desire to share my music and the positive message I believe it contains with the world. I am hoping to do it on an even bigger scale and reach millions of people.
What can your fans look forward to next from you?
Next up is some tour dates this fall with Anna Nalick and a release of a new single and video for the song “Forever”. Following that, I have a remix project which is slated for early 2015.
Keep up to date with all things My Silent Bravery by following their official Twitter @MySilentBravery!