EMQ’s with UNVEIL THE STRENGTH
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Unveil The Strength, an International Heavy Metal/Rock band based out of Austin, Texas! Huge thanks to bassist Matt Snell for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Matt Snell – Bassist. I have known Mark Wolfe for several years. We have discussed working on music together and our schedules finally matched up. I flew out to Austin Texas to work on our EP at Marks studio. While we were working there we recruited Tim Hassemer on drums and soon thereafter Matt Guillory came on board on keys/synth. Matt G. was speaking with Andy James about the band and he was really into it. Our EP quickly became a full length album with the addition of Andy. We are quite pleased and feel we have a solid record.
How did you come up with your band name?
Unveil the Strength is the mantra of Mark Wolfe’s entire life. It is quite an epic journey and the driving force behind the band. Mark has seen first-hand the horrors of war. He was homeless, and suffered not only physical injury, but PTSD. He has literally risen from the ashes. It is within all of us to find and reveal our inner strength.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Myself, Mark, Tim and Matt G are all from the States. Andy James is from England. Here in the States the “scene” is alive and well. It is ever evolving. The club scenes in some towns are maybe down a bit, but when you see a full scale proper show brought to an area it is sold out. People say it’s dead, but that just isn’t true. It’s an exciting time to be in the music business!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our record “FOUNDATIONS” is complete. We have released 2 songs so far. ‘Vengeance and Misery’ has been out a bit and we just released the video for our new single ‘Hells Never Over’.
You can watch it here!
Who have been your greatest influences?
As a bassist, I have to go back to my roots. Cliff Burton – Steve Harris – Frank Bello – David Ellefson. When it comes to bands, it is a different question. Are we influenced by success? Are we influenced by Technical proficiency? Are we influenced by Image? For me it would be Opeth. While their style doesn’t translate into Unveil the Strength, they are a testament to an ever evolving “we do what we want to do” attitude and I still to this day after listening for 20 years, stop when I hear them and listen. I can’t say that for many bands.
What first got you into music?
I was raised in a household that supports the arts of all kinds. As a kid I had piano lessons which turned into Saxophone lessons which turned into guitar lessons and then I found Bass at around age 17. For me it was what I was meant to do. Music is in my family. It is a truly amazing gift to be able to do what I do and to have seen all I have seen. I am truly Blessed.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
That’s a tie hahaha… Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed. Everything they do is a home run. They are some of the best people I have known and toured with over the years and it would be a lot of fun to work with them!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Again, it’s a tie! A 3 way tie… Download – Rock Am Ring and Rock Am Park. Having played these festivals a few times I can say from experience, they were defining moments in my life. I can only work to get back there again!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
People send gifts quite often. I never received anything weird that I can recall. I’m guessing the tour manager took all the weird stuff. If you knew him you would understand. Fans taking the time to make gifts, bring food etc. are so far beyond kind! It really shows something about the good world we live in.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Always be true to yourself. Have empathy and never be afraid to reach out if you are struggling. Life is a marathon, not a sprint and we don’t always have the answers and that’s ok.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
One? Really? There’s so many. In the past year alone so many have been lost! Well if it is just one, I would say John Lennon. Aside from the massive catalogue of amazing music, he was bringing a message of love, unity and peace.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love performing. That’s really the whole reason we do this. The time on stage regardless of how big the venue is the gift! I don’t hate. It is a practice I have worked on for several years, and it is gone from my life here on earth. I have no room to hate anything, except mushrooms…they can go directly back to hell!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would love to see a shift in concept where all music should be free. The current generation was raised with so much access to free music that the concept of “buying” music is lost. People will work their lives away to pay for anything they want but seem to feel art has little value. It really isn’t about “money” in my pocket; it is about the sustainability of an industry and the concept that art of all kinds has value in our lives.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Opeth – “Ghost Reveries”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
All of em! whatever you like…. and you forgot 8 track!!!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
2010 – Donington Park UK with 5FDP! Was a great day!!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I run a Tattoo shop here at home. I flipped houses for a while and was quite good at it. Otherwise recreation for me here in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is Skiing – Hiking – Mountain Biking and Boating on Lake Tahoe. I searched for a home for most of my life until I found this place.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
My Wife Shannon, Thich Naht Hahn, George Carlin, Winston Churchill and John F Kennedy!
What’s next for the band?
We are currently in pre-production for our next video and are actively working to secure a set of tours to support our album “FOUNDATIONS”.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They’re gross that’s what they are – Orange and chocolate ‘DO NOT’ belong together…fight me..!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for chatting with me. Some great questions here!! Please take a second to follow our social media sites to keep up on all the news and check out our videos on YouTube!!! Share em! It’s such a fun easy way to find new music with your friends!!
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