Interview with Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire September 26, 2012

October 21, 2012 by: admin

September 26, 2012

Memphis May Fire

Matty Mullins (Vocals)

Dallas, Texas

By: Shauna O’Donnell

Hi Matty, thanks for talking with me today. How was Mexico?

Matt: It was amazing. We just got back yesterday. Honestly we didn’t know what to expect because it was our first time there. It was a little bit like what we thought it was going to be, but overall it was much better. We had four shows down there, they were all huge and all sold out.  Luckily, we had a tour manager that spoke perfect English and was able to translate for us, so it was awesome. The food was great too. At one of the shows in Guadalajara, we played with a Mexican band that we had never heard of, but supposedly they are huge in Mexico. They are called Insite. They are phenomenal, like a Mexican Story of the Year.

You have come a long way in such a short time. What do you think has been the biggest help in getting your name out there?

Matt: We have always been a band that has been able to cater to the amount of fans and the type of fans that we have. Back in the day when we were trying, we were with our previous label that didn’t know in what way to push us and we had management that didn’t care quite as much. That left us at a standstill because we had what we had to offer and we knew we had the stuff that kids like to hear. We just didn’t have the opportunity to share it with them because of poor label and management. We have now found new management with Jerry Clubb who is with Ricochet Management.  He has always been a manager that hasn’t had many bands. He likes to just take bands he loves under his wing and grow them. He did the same thing with Suicide Silence. That’s why they are where they are at today. A little ways into our relationship with him we signed to Rise Records, which was also a great move for us. I think that every label has their downfalls and every label has their positive things. Sometimes a certain label and their formula will work for one band or work for another. We realized when we went to Rise, what they do for their bands and what they are capable of is exactly what we needed mixed with great new management. Ever since then it has been skyrocketing. Every day we see something new and we always hit new levels that we hadn’t met before.

I see that you guys post a lot on Facebook, which is really great for keeping your fans updated on what you are doing. Did you hear there is supposed to be a new Myspace coming out?

Matty: Really? I didn’t hear that, but it sounds like a failure from the get go. I don’t know, I guess we will see. I have this bad taste in my mouth for Myspace. It’s going to take a lot for them to come back to where they were.

Recently you released your third studio album titled Challenger. What can we expect to hear on the record? How does it differ from the prior release?

Matty: We saw a lot of success with The Hollow. That was definitely a big growing cycle for our band during that record. It was somewhat a new direction for us, not by choice, but just by growth in general. We just grew a lot during the time between Sleepwalking and when we had to record The Hollow. We were doing the transition between labels and we weren’t touring as much back then, so we had a lot of time to really develop into the band that we needed to be. When we went back in to do Challenger, we didn’t want to say we want to write a similar record or want it to sound exactly the same because it did well. We just went in with the knowledge that we had gained during the last record cycle, but also with the knowledge and skill that came with touring on that record. We went in and wrote songs we wanted to write. With The Hollow, I wrote the lyrics from the perspective of other people that went through things that I know personally, but not from my own perspective. Not necessarily things that I’ve gone through myself. I wanted to write a record like that because I wanted our fans who have been through things that I haven’t to know that. I saw a huge market for that and people that needed songs as an emotional outlet for the things that they are going through in their lives. When we went in for Challenger, I wanted to take a different direction. I wanted to write a record about us and that is what it is. The whole record is about us as people, the things we struggle with, who we are, what we stand for and the reason why we put so much passion into a dying scene. The music industry will never be back to where it was when it was really thriving. That’s not what it is about for us. I personally want my lyrics to be heard and our music to be heard. I think that what we have to say can really inspire and change lives.

“Prove Me Right” has some strongly written lyrics.

Matty: Absolutely! That song is about multiple people, multiple companies and the music industry as a whole. When I was growing up and wanted to be a musician, the fantasy that I had of what the music industry was is so wrong. The more I learned and the more I see, it starts to become very evident that no matter how much certain people claim to care about us, we are just a number and a dollar sign to a lot of these people that we need unfortunately. At the same time we have been able to gather a team of people who we really do trust and that we really do think have the best intentions for us. They really do care about art and I just don’t see much of that anymore in the music industry.

Which of the songs off of Challenger do you recommend new fans listen to first?

Matty: I guess it just depends on the person. A new fan could be a country fan that heard us on some sort of random station or saw us on Facebook. A new fan could be a death metal fan, you never know. I think we captured a lot on the new record. For fans of heavy music, I think “Miles Away” is a good introductory track. It is a song that I wrote about my wife and the hardships of being on tour and being away from her, but also knowing that this is what I’m called to do and I need to do it. I think that would be a good one even though it is not a heavy track.  For kids that do like metalcore and heavier style music, I think “Prove Me Right” is a great track. “Alive in the Lights” is a song for any musician that has family or friends that don’t believe in him that wants to succeed in this industry. A lot of kids that come to our shows and listen to our music have the same dreams. They want to be us when they grow up.  So, I think “Alive in the Lights” is a great anthem for them to be able to say “No one has to agree with this. This is what I want to do and I’m going to do it.”

What about the song “Legacy”?

Matty: “Legacy” taps into not just the music industry, but any career or life choice. I think a lot of people feel so much negativity from their peers and the people they need to support them in their lives. I think people need to focus on the right things and realize that everybody does have a purpose and everybody deserves to feel of value. That’s what “Legacy” is.

You have the Monster Energy Drink Outbreak Tour with Asking Alexandria coming up. Have you toured with most of these bands before?

Matty: We did a tour with Asking Alexandria a couple years back, but we have never toured with Suicide Silence or As I Lay Dying. We have done multiple tours with Attila. Two of the other four bands we have toured with and are good friends with as well. I think that tour is just going to be mind blowing. I haven’t seen such a solid line-up in years. I think a lot of bands these days let their egos get in the way of tour line-ups, so you can never really get four or five solid career bands on the same tour. I think our booking agent was really able to do that with this tour. He was able to bring five bands together that are all solid. The thing is about this tour is that a lot of the venues are venues that we’ve never played. When you play a different venue in a city it really does feel like you are in a different city. Sometimes certain venues have certain crowds, so playing these venues will definitely be a different experience than any tour we have been on before.

Thanks so much for the interview. Would you like to add or say anything?

Matty: Please pick up Challenger, even if you don’t pay for it, I just want you to hear it. Come out and see us on the Asking Alexandria tour.

The full itinerary features appearances in:

11/16   Edmonton, AB                                                           Edmonton Events Center

11/18   Calgary, AB                                                                MacEwan Hall

11/19   Vancouver, BC                                                           Vogue Theater

11/20   Seattle, WA                                                                Showbox Sodo

11/23   San Francisco, CA                                                      Regency Ballroom

11/24   San Bernardino, CA                                                   California MetalFest VI

11/26   Salt Lake City, UT                                                      In The Venue

11/27   Denver, CO                                                                 Ogden Theatre

11/29   St. Louis, MO                                                             The Pageant

11/30   Covington, KY                                                           Madison Theatre

12/01   Cleveland, OH                                                                       Agora Theatre

12/02   Chicago, IL                                                                 Congress Theatre

12/03   Detroit, MI                                                                  Royal Oak Theatre

12/05   Montreal, QC                                                              Olympia

12/07   Philadelphia, PA                                                         Electric Factory

12/08   Worcester, MA                                                           The Palladium

12/09   New York, NY                                                           Best Buy Theatre

12/11   Baltimore, MD                                                            Rams Head Live

12/12   Raleigh, NC                                                                Disco Rodeo

12/13   Atlanta, GA                                                                The Tabernacle

12/14   Nashville, TN                                                              Warfield

12/15   Jacksonville, FL                                                          Edge

12/16   Tampa, FL                                                                 Cuban Club

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