It’s not often that the creme de la creme when it comes to handpicking rockstars out of bands come together to form a metal supergroup for the ages. Travis Johnson from In This Moment, Darren Badorine of Six Ounce Gloves, and former members of Five Finger Death, Skinlab and more have come together to form Invidia, which is a metal band set to make a splash in the music industry throughout 2017. I caught up with bass guitarist, Matt Snell, to discuss what’s in store for 2017, the release of ‘As The Sun Sleeps‘, tattoos, and more.
Congrats on the upcoming release of ‘As The Sun Sleeps’. Tell us about the conception of Invidia and if you guys had a past history that brought you together into the supergroup that you are today.
Yeah. Travis and I go way back. We’ve been in and out of bands and I’ve made a couple records for his other bands. I’ve also known Brian for a few years as well. I lived in Vegas for awhile and they were talking about making some music and I caught wind of it while they were figuring out who was going to play bass for them, so that worked out great for me. I live in Reno now and I hustled down to Vegas and we put a record together.
Fantastic. Are you guys gearing up to head out on tour or are you currently on tour?
Matt – We are going to tour a lot in 2017. I don’t have the ability to announce anything at the moment, but we should have an answer for that in the next few days. We want to tour the record extensively. One thing that musicians enjoy the most is being able to perform, and we want to get out and meet our fans. We are a very accessible band when it comes to touring. We don’t charge for Meet and Greets, we take turns at the merch booth every night. It’s a good time for us.
Yes. It’s so important these days to be accessible because there are a lot of bands that hide in the shadows and don’t show face as often, which upon circumstance, can be a bummer for the fans.
Yeah. As you become a larger band and start playing larger venues, it becomes increasingly difficult to be accessible. We don’t agree with the paid meet and greet. I’d rather someone win a radio contest than having to pay for a meet and greet. Right now, we are playing smaller areas, so to me, being locked up in the back imprisons you and makes the tour not as fun. I like to get out as much as possible. I like to talk to people, I’ve always been a people person.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
I started collecting tattoos a long time ago. I had my whole right arm completely redone about three years ago in Las Vegas. A friend of mine, Rick Trip at Trip Ink Tattoos, has done both of my sleeves. He has been really great with me in ensuring that I get tattooed what I want done. I do a lot of research with the art that I try to put together. I have one that is black and gray and one that is all in color, and he is presently tattooing my left leg. He is a fun guy and a great talent. He knows what I like, and he runs with that. He is tattooing my wife as well, he has done about seven or eight pieces on her as well. I’m in the process of opening my own shop as well in Reno. It’s going to be a new endeavor for me on the business side of it. I’ve got a couple artists here and we are going to be bringing guest spots in, but now I’ll have tattoos accessible whenever I want them!
Yeah, that’s awesome! Do you have any details pertaining to the shop or is this just being brought to life from scratch at the moment?
Right now, I am waiting for the guy to relocate here, and he is sending me over everything that he needs to get it squared away. We are looking at six-eight months until we open doors. It’ll be a print shop, supply, universal shop. The whole thing. There will be a rehearsal studio in the back attached to the building as well.
Wow. Mixing all the artistic mediums is a smart business move these days. Congrats. Off topic, do you have any words of wisdom for kids picking up an instrument or the mic for the first time in hopes of starting up a band?
The most important thing is to realize that it isn’t easy. It is not supposed to be easy, and you’ve got to put the work in. You have to have a good work ethic and be able to focus all of your energy and attention on your goal. Music is supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to be enjoyable. Don’t be afraid to experiment in the beginning, and never ever be afraid to sing. Even if you are only singing test tracks for your singer, do it; it makes you an overall better performer.
Yeah. And being vulnerable as an artist is clutch. Seeking different techniques and communication amongst the band is key.
Yes. You have to leave your ego. You can’t have an ego. That is the most detrimental thing to music. If you are going to do music with other people, you have to abandon your ego. Just abandon your ego overall; that’s just a given, but most people don’t. When it comes to music, don’t ever do something, become successful and have a giant ego; you have to play from the heart. It’s been my experience that the music turns out better when all of the people are open and receptive to trying out different things. Have a positive attitude about it. Learn to change with the way the industry changes. Put the time in and learn how the industry works.
Your attitude really does determine your altitude. You get what you put into it. Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Stick with us. Our record comes out on March 31st, and we’re going to be announcing tours soon. Please come to the shows, come out and see us! Come up to the merch tables and say hello. We want to meet you. We want to know what you have to say. We are not shy, this is a big year for us, and we’re ready for you.