Matt Smith

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

It what I was put on this earth to do. It gives me so much joy!

What is your music dream?

To spread my music across the world and find my superfans!

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

The economy.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

George Jones - Hi-Tech Redneck

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Killswitch Engage, Periphery, City and Colour, Thrice, Deftones, Soilwork, Tech N9ne, Blink-182, The Civil Wars, My Morning Jacket, Circa Survive, I could keep going...

What inspires you to make music?

My kids, my family, life events, trials and tribulations, addiction, recovery, love, loss, death, the unknown.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Life isn't so bad. Let's all stop fighting so much and get back to enjoying the little things in life. I remember a time where you could ask a neighbor for a cup of sugar. Sugar is good. We need that.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Excited, nervous, powerful, in-tune with the universe.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

It's actually becoming a very exciting place. Things are starting to happen to turn the tide back towards the artists and away from labels. The money game is changing very slowly but artists are starting to figure out how to make a living again. Labels are failing. However, streaming services need to PAY ARTISTS MORE.

What do you think of Drooble?

Literally the coolest social media network I've ever been on. Thank you all.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

All the things that I don't know yet in this vast sea of knowledge. Working on learning every day though! I even learn in my SLEEP. #sleepmask

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I used to a lot more than I do now. I don't even do many shows now because no one ever comes out. People are becoming overly introverted and social media has a big role in that. Online performances are the future.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Honestly, it's simple. PUT IN THE WORK. Never stop grinding. You can't just put your music out online and HOPE people will hear it. You literally have to dedicate time AND money to getting your music into people's ears. Treat it like a BUSINESS.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Litost. MC Revenant. Casual Diving. There are lots of great up and coming bands around the world. Keep your eyes and ears peeled, people!