Interview with Matthew Wade
Written By: Ley Montijo
Photo Credit: Michael Sparks Keegan
Matthew Wade once said, “Stay humble and stay hungry. It’s a sprint not a marathon. Surround yourself with a good team. Don’t compare your achievements to other artist’s achievements. We all have our own path.”
Born and raised in Boston, MA and now residing in Worcester, Matthew Wade is no amateur to the music scene. Wade began making music at age eighteen, when he wrote his first song for a high school project. The song, “Side of the Road,” was later featured on the hit TV show One Tree Hill, which gave him his first national exposure. Since then, many other of his songs have been featured in film and television. He has also shared the stage with many industry veterans like Bryan Adams, Billy Idol, Daughtry, Andy Grammer, and more.
His mission is to spread positivity, inspire people, and help them overcome their personal challenges through music. He describes his music as “persistent, passionate, and maybe a little prolific” and hopes it can be “music that inspires, helps, and motivates others to overcome their challenges.” Wade states, “When I write songs or go out and play shows, I have learned that it’s not about me, it’s about the audience. I hope they’ll feel more uplifted than when they came. I want fans to walk away inspired, knowing they can achieve what they set their heart and mind to.”
We had the opportunity to interview Matthew Wade.
Music Addict (MA): What are some important lessons you learned throughout your music career?
Matthew Wade (MW): Stay humble and stay hungry. It’s a sprint, not a marathon. Surround yourself with a good team. Don’t compare your achievements to other artist’s achievements. We all have our own path.
MA: What have you been up to, music-wise? Any new projects?
MW: I am always keeping busy! I just released two new singles, “Without Love” and “Spark Up the Fire.” Both tracks were produced by Russell Ali and Sanjoy Deb. “Without Love” was co-written with Trevor Holmes (American Idol, The Bachelor) and “Spark Up the Fire” was co-written with Mitchell Rose, and both were recorded at West Coast Customs Studios in Burbank, CA — made famous by the TV show Pimp My Ride. I also do two weekly live streams. Every Sunday at 11 AM EST, I stream an online acoustic concert called Sunday Sessions on facebook.com/mysilentbravery. Every Tuesday night, I do an interview series called MSBTV where I host guests [who are] mainly in the entertainment industry. Guests have included members of The Goo Goo Dolls, The Who, Air Supply, as well as American Idol winners, The Voice contestants, music supervisors, etc. The show is every Tuesday night at 8:30 PM EST on Instagram.com/mysilentbravery.
MA: What made you want to pursue a career in the music industry?
MW: For those who haven’t heard my story, I was travelling in Australia when I was 21 and working out in the gym and ended up herniating a couple of discs in my neck. The injury led me to do a lot of soul searching for pain relief which led to me to spirituality, more specifically Kabbalah. As a result of my studies in Kabbalah and working on myself, I realized I wanted to give back to the world at large, and music was the vehicle I wanted to use to help spread a positive message. I think everything happens for a reason. My injury was the biggest lesson and challenge of my life so far, but from the biggest challenges also come the biggest blessings. The injury helped me recognize it’s important to pay it forward and help others. I want to create music that inspires, helps, and motivates others to overcome their challenges.
MA: What do you enjoy most about being an artist?
MW: I enjoy connecting with fans and inspiring people. I want to create music that inspires, helps, and motivates others to overcome their challenges. When I write songs or go out and play shows, I have learned that it’s not about me, it’s about the audience. I hope they’ll feel more uplifted than when they came. I want fans to walk away inspired, knowing they can achieve what they set their heart and mind to.
MA: What first got you into the music scene?
MW: The short version is that I started making music when I was 18. I wrote my first song for a high school project, of all things! Flash forward a few years and that song I wrote, called “Side of the Road,” was featured in the TV show One Tree Hill. It was then that I started to believe I could make a career in music.
MA: Who would you most like to collaborate with?
MW: It’s tough to choose just one artist, so I am going to give you three people at the top of my list! Eminem, Dave Matthews, and Damian Marley. I love all of their music for different reasons. I think Eminem is a lyrical genius, despite if you like what he has to say or not. The way he says it to me is just incredible story telling. Dave Matthews is one of my favorite live performers, and I have been to over 100 shows. Damian Marley is so versatile and has so many styles while staying authentic to himself as an artist. I would love to collaborate with any and all of them — among others!
MA: What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
MW: That is tough to say. I think I still have a lot left that I want to achieve. I enjoy sharing the stage with artist I admire and getting my songs [on TV and in films]. But if I had to pick something, I would say connecting with all the fans whom my music has helped inspire. That is what inspires me to keep going and make more music!
MA: Where were you born and raised?
MW: Born in Boston, MA, and raised there; and Worcester, MA, where I now reside!
MA: What does your music say about you?
MW: I think it tells you a lot about me. I think it tells you that I am persistent, passionate, and maybe a little prolific. It’s my life mission to help inspire others, so hopefully it says that somewhere in there!
MA: Who inspired you to make music?
MW: I think it has more to do with what than who. Having gone through my injury I mentioned and suffering as result, it opened up my compassion for others who are going through challenges, and now I want to make music that inspires people to overcome their challenges.
Matthew Wade thanks everyone for their continued support.