I have been a longtime fan of Matt Hires’ music. I caught him for the first time this summer while he was on tour with Parachute. He put on an amazing show to an energetic crowd as he played fan favorites as well as tunes from his 2013 release, This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We can Pretend. In late January Hires issued this statement on his Facebook, just 5 months after his second full length release on Atlantic Records.
Hey. It’s a new year. Wanna do something new? Me too… This month, I’m going to be parting ways with F-Stop/Atlantic Records and trying my hand at being an independent artist. (gulp) Striking out on my own is a little frightening, for sure, BUT it’s also pretty exciting and freeing. No label. Nobody looking over my shoulder. No expectations. I’ll be able to try new things and be creative in ways that I wasn’t able to before. I’ll be able to release new music whenever I want and work with fans (you?) to give you more of what you want. Sound good? Good.
I want to make this year (and hopefully lots of the years after this one) about you. I know I haven’t always been good at releasing a lot of new music… My bad… I think that’s gonna change. In 2014, my goal is to write my ass off, record my ass off, tour my ass off, and interact my ass off. My ass will be off… for you.
The wheels are turning, and several parts of this plan have already started moving along. TOMORROW, I’m taking some of my new songs into Emissary Studio in Orlando, FL and making sweet, sweet music. Instead of having to wait 6-12 months (or longer) after recording these songs to get them into your ears, I’m going to do it as fast as I possibly can. Seriously, as fast I possibly can. Because I can do whatever I want.
Know what else I want to do? I want to play some shows for you fine people in your own fine cities. I think I’ll do that. How does Spring sound? Sounds good to me.
Hope you’re starting to get the picture. My goal is to release a lot more music this year, maybe do some Google hangouts, maybe put out some new merch, maybe a lot of things. Have any ideas? Let me know. I like ideas. I like you. See you soon.
Two days ago I received two copies of his independent album, Heartache Machine. One was for my personal collection and one was a copy to “pay-it-forward.” On the ship-to information Matt wrote a little note: “Thanks so much for getting the new music! You’re Awesome. Seriously.” I’m here to thank Matt Hires. This is what music is really about. Making it and getting it into the fans hands. Sharing art. It takes a large set of balls to leave a label and go out on your own. While it may alleviate some stress for him, he is doing it for the fans. For music. I encourage everyone to check out the Florida native, Singer/Songwriters music as well as his live show. You can stream/download/order Heartache Machine HERE.
“Then I said Matt, You just got to get back to those nights that you sat on the causeway. All you had was six six strings and a heart that beat and you knew that it had to mean something.” – When I Was Young – Matt Hires