Based out of the legendary Los Angeles music scene, Heartist is a young band whose career is just beginning to take flight. Now signed to Roadrunner Records, Heartist is unleashing their debut EP entitled Nothing You Didn’t Deserve. A shredding mixture of metal, melodic hardcore, and blistering rock and roll, Heartist is sure to appeal to music fans across the board. We recently conducted an interview with drummer Matt Marquez to find out more about this exciting new band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Heartist, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Matt Marquez, I play drums in Heartist. The band has been together for about a year and a half now.
Where is the band based out of and what is the music scene like there?
Were based out of Orange County but were from all over Southern California. OC, LA and IE areas. It’s a very popular and competitive scene out here especially with so many awesome venues. New friends, bands and connects are made with musicians out here all the time. It’s honestly a great and welcoming place for new music and musicians.
What local bands from the area could you recommend?
We would definitely have to recommend the guys in One Last Look, Behind The Fallen and On Being Human. 3 different bands but all of them have some great talent in their music and I think will have some great things coming at them in the future!
How did you wind up being signed to Roadrunner Records?
We’ve all come from various projects in the Southern Cali area and have made a lot of friends through shows and networking. We put up demos late last year on YouTube and send them to various connects that we had been acquainted with. Once we got an email from a Roadrunner A&R, the rest was history.
Is there any story of concept behind the CD title Nothing You Didn’t Deserve?
The title comes from one of our songs which actually has the same title. The song itself has a slightly similar meaning but the album title comes from the defining of emotion and the actions caused by those emotions let it be fear, happiness, anger, sadness… We all deserve something. But what we deserve can mean anything to anyone.
Select two songs from Nothing You Didn’t Deserve and what inspired the lyrics.
Some of the lyrics were inspired just by “testing the waters” of other possible content vs. the usual expected lyrics for songs. The title track Nothing You Didn’t Deserve puts an interesting twist to an age old problem of heartbreak and potentially losing someone you love with all your heart… But the twist on is is that the person talking in these lyrics has a split-personality disorder. One personality who would want to work it out and another very unstable personality who could easily kill for the sake of nobody else being able to have that one love he could lose.
The song Disconnected is another awesome track. This song is about the spirit of a dead man still being stuck here and not being able to move on to the afterlife until he finds out why his life took an unexpected turn for death. He can see and hear people and try to make his presence known, but ultimately he is on his own in finding answers that could bring him closure to finally move on to the afterlife.
How easy or difficult was it to pretty much produce Nothing You Didn’t Deserve on your own?
Doing it ourselves was actually pretty fun. I know that Tim and Jon (guitarists) both were writing constantly. Doing a DIY record was because of the band overall wanting to say “we’re doing things out way”. That’s where the music takes its shape. There is something different about each song. We didn’t want to lock ourselves into just one sound for a whole EP or LP. We all came from a variety of music backgrounds and wanted to show that through this record instead of being another new band in the scene by just sticking to one song formula.
What could one expect from a live Heartist show?
Live shows we are constantly trying to figure out new ways to visually appeal to the crowd but first and foremost is our sound. We work hard to make sure our live shows resemble our recordings and from that comes the excitement for us of playing the music live, instead of hitting play on an iPod. That excitement makes for an energetic and engaging live show.
How much touring have you done so far, and do you have any strange or scary stories from the road you could share?
As the band Heartist, we honestly haven toured yet. But that is going to change soon and we definitely can’t wait to share some crazy tour stories!!
How close is Heartist to releasing a full length?
This band is constantly writing new material. As far as releasing a full length. It’s definitely going to be sometime in 2013.
If the music of Heartist was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
My pick would be a maple bar. Heartist is made up of some of my favorite people in the world to make music with. And if I had it my way, a perfect box of donuts would be filled with nothing but maple bars. They are my maple bars. Haha.
What’s up next for Heartist?
Tours, writing, recording and making new fans. There’s a whole world this band has not seen yet and were ready to see it!
Any final words of wisdom?
Whatever passion or ambition you have in life, pursue it, work hard at it no matter how tough it can be sometimes. Succeed at it and stay true to yourself and your beliefs of what you are pursuing. Don’t let anyone else try to steer you in a direction that you know you aren’t meant for. Work hard, stay the course and stay grounded.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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