For most musicians, scoring a record label deal is a pivotal life-changing moment that influences and inspires the development of your artistry. Taking full advantage of the opportunities at hand to creatively expand, Message To The Masses is morphing into a metal act that rocks a weighty show full of aggression, tension and passion that emits authenticity. I caught up with Matt to discuss their experiences on ‘The Anxiety Tour’, being signed to Artery Recordings, growing up in Arizona, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Message To The Masses?
Message to the Masses is great minds coming together to create an inspirational message and music/lyrics people can connect to.
You just finished up ‘The Anxiety Tour’ with Smoke Signals and We Gave It Hell. What was your experience like?
It’s been really awesome, we all love touring so just being on the road and doing what we love is more than enough to make us happy. It also helps when you’re hanging out with such rad dudes the whole time.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
Well, I’ve been slowly getting covered over the last eight years by the same artist. His name is David Williams, and works at a shop here in Tucson, called Tattoo Artistry. I fell in love with his art instantly and didn’t want anyone else. Plus, he’s probably one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. Anyways, one piece that means a lot to me was the first one, a pirate ship. I got this piece for my brother after he passed away, he loved pirates and always acted like one. Most of our family is from the east coast and we loved the sea so I thought it was a perfect fit. Another piece that’s close to my heart is the last one I got. It’s my band’s logo, the big M with smoke around. Everyday that I wake up and see that, it reminds me to keep pushing harder for what I love, my music and my band. Music has kept me sane and has kept me positive through all the lows. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else other than playing music, it’s my fire, my passion, and my life.
How have your lives changed ever since being signed to Artery Recordings?
Yes, so much has changed and for the better. For me, being signed has made me realize how much more work needs to be done and that we’re just at the beginning of where we want to be. There are some record labels that do screw bands over or don’t really help but, that’s not our case. Artery Recordings is an awesome label, and Shan Dan Horan (Artery Recordings President), is one of the most down to earth dudes I’ve met. They have really helped us get more organized and marketable. Not too mention helping us get out there to the rest of the world!
Is there a follow up to ‘Means to an End’ in the works? If so, fill us in.
I wouldn’t say there is a follow up however, we like to have all of our music connect. It’s as if we are telling a story through our experiences in life and always bettering ourselves or getting to the next level. So, the next CD we come out with will be a full length. It will be what comes after, what happened within means to an end (if that makes sense haha). There is always a new chapter brewing with us…
How has growing up in Arizona influenced your artistry as a musician?
Well being from a smaller town, it has been challenging to noticed by the right people. It has also pushed us to work harder so that we can put ourselves out there more and more. Luckily, we’ve had a very supportive team behind us from where we come from and that has really helped. It has also kept us humble and reminds us of where we come from. Not some big hot shot place like L.A. but, a smaller city down south in the desert that we like to call the Old Pueblo.
If you could tour the world with any two bands/musicians for six months, who would you choose and why?
Personally, I would love to tour with The Beatles and Attila. The Beatles for obvious reasons and because I’ve been listening to them my whole life. Attila would be extremely fun to tour with because I’ve seen so many of their shows and the crowds reaction. Not only are they having fun but, the fans are as well. The energy and pits from what I’ve seen at their shows is what we’re all about.
What do you perceive is the secret to maintaining creative chemistry within a band?
Continuously writing music while seeing the world. Being on tour gives us such inspiration and new ideas. Seeing things and places you’ve never seen I feel opens up the mind. MTTM is always writing new material, exchanging ideas back and forth with one another. These different parts eventually mold into masterpieces that we are all happy with. Also hanging out and doing stuff together, gaining experience.
What do fans of Message To The Masses have to look forward to over the next six months?
Let’s just say there is a lot of big things coming and our fans need to ready themselves for it.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Fans, family, and friends, continue supporting us because it means the world. Message to the Masses will always be here for you to listen to and we are only getting started. We hope any or all of our music helps you to stay positive and always reminds you that you can do anything with your life. You have the power, so let us inspire you to be greater.