My Silent Bravery is Matthew Wade. The Boston-based artist will be releasing a new album this year titled Diamond From Coal. The new LP serves as the much anticipated follow up to his third record, Can’t Quit. Taken from the album, its first single Amazing is currently available on iTunes. To know more about Diamond From Coal and My Silent Bravery, we spoke with Matthew about the influence of Beastie Boys, the new LP, and maturity and growth. Read our interview below:
AMBY: Hello My Silent Bravery, welcome to AMBY. Please introduce yourself to our readers!
My Silent Bravery: Hello there! This is Matthew Wade from MSB. Thanks for taking the time to chat!
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
My Silent Bravery: Acoustic driven pop rock with a positive message!
AMBY: You’re currently putting the final touches on your full-length album Diamond From Coal. What can fans expect to hear from the record?
My Silent Bravery: With this record I think listeners will hear what they have come to expect from an MSB record, but with an added maturity and growth. This record is different for me because it was produced by two different producers. Half the cuts were produced locally by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Guster) and half by Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt) out in LA. Resta has actually since moved to LA as well. I think that heading out to LA to record was taking the next step for me. It took me outside of my comfort zone which is important for growth.
AMBY: When is the set release date for Diamond from Coal?
My Silent Bravery: No release date set just yet, but it’s looking like this summer. I am hoping it’s this summer!
AMBY: The first single from the album, Amazing, has hit close to 80, 000 views on YouTube. What’s the story behind the song?
My Silent Bravery: The story behind that song has changed for me, a little bit, from when I initially started, which I find pretty cool. When I went in to record “Amazing”, my initial goal with that song was a fun, happy-go-lucky type of song that people hadn’t really heard as much from me. A lot of my stuff has been a little deeper, with spiritual deeper tones and heavier subject matter. So with this song, I wanted a fun, go out and have a good time type of song.
When filming the video for Amazing, the meaning behind the song changed for me and for the better. Now, to me anyway, the song is about making the most out of what you’ve been given. You have to embrace whatever comes your way and enjoy the moment without the expectation of what you have in your mind. When things don’t go your way you have to kind of think that that maybe that’s the way they were supposed to go and make the best of the situation, make it amazing!
AMBY: If you could have your music featured on any show or film, which would it be?
For movies, I would love to have a song in a Coen Brothers film. I love how they have been able to use their soundtracks to enhance their movies. For TV, a show like Greys Anatomy or Nashville, something with a big and loyal fan following would be awesome in terms of exposure to a new audience.
AMBY: What was the first record you bought, and do you feel that album had an influence on your music?
My Silent Bravery: The first album I ever bought was Beastie Boys “Licensed to Ill” and I still love that record! My mom actually bought it for me as I was only 5 years old. I was doing some sort of skit at a summer camp for the song “Fight for your Right”. It definitely influenced me and still does as I continue to fight for the things I believe in.
AMBY: Who have you been listening to lately?
My Silent Bravery: I am a little behind the eight ball on new music as I have been focusing a lot on creating music recently. A few albums that have been on rotation in my car are the latest records from Drake, Ed Sheeran, and Eminem.
AMBY: What has you most excited for the rest of 2014?
My Silent Bravery: I am really excited for everyone to hear Diamond from Coal already! Until then, I am working on getting the second single from the album “On My Side” ready to go. I recently filmed a video for the song at Mechanics Hall, same venue where I recently played with Daughtry. I plan to tour behind the album and am working on getting some dates on the books as well!
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about My Silent Bravery that nobody knows yet?
My Silent Bravery: Hmm. Well, nobody knows yet that I just took on a new manager who has been in the music business for a long time and has worked alongside industry greats like Clive Davis. I am excited about this and hoping this new partnership will help me get my music out there to an even larger audience.
Thank you My Silent Bravery, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout