In this month's Customer Spotlight, I caught up with someone I think a few of us might recognise....What more of an introduction does a true Ambassador of Metal need? He's the singer and shares guitar duty in one of the biggest, most successful metal bands around; which he joined at 12!!!! Oh yeah and just had a Grammy nomination! Meet Matthew K Heafy from the Florida based metal band Trivium. Matt has a very successful signature line with Epiphone, but he's become quite the fan of Aristides guitars and because of this, I'm admitting him into the hallowed Arium Addict category. Let's see what he had to say.
Tell us about how you first came across Aristides Guitars and what stood out about them?
Ihsahn from Emperor has become a close friend and mentor of mine (in addition to being a lifelong hero) and one day he mentioned that I had to check out Aristides guitars.
Ihsahn set it up for Pascal to visit all of us during a show in Amsterdam to let all the bands on the run test out some guitars. I tried an 080s for the first time - and that 8 string played unlike anything I’d played in my life.
I've heard rumours of a solo project, possibly involving some 8 string brutality courtesy of an 080s. What can you tell us about that??
Mrityu! Mrityu is my side project I have actually been working on for the last 7/8/9 years or so. It’s actually finally getting closer to the final stages. As of right now, there aren’t any 8 strings on Mrityu - but - on my daily twitch streams people can see me rocking the 8, using it on making pop songs super heavy. I have been talking about making some music with FaZe Temperrr as well from the legendary eSports giants, FaZe clan. We’re talking about mixing ultra heavy guitars and modern rap.
Your live sound with Trivium is absolutely crushing, what's the secret? What's the difference between your road rig and your home setup?
The secret is minimalism.
People think you need boatloads of giant gear to make a big guitar sound. It’s actually quite the opposite. I’ve always thought that the less between my fingers and the listeners ears - the better.
My rig is simple. Guitar - wireless - Kemper - PA. That’s it. Our Kemper’s are absolutely integral to our streamlined modern minimalist approach to a live show - and I can say our tone crushes bands with walls of cabs and pedal boards and fridge racks.
Less crap between our fingers and the listeners ears.
Those who follow you on Twitch know you're a very busy guy and very passionate about your music; so when you get some down time, what kind of music do you play for yourself? Is there a song or artist you always gravitate back to?
I’m all over the place. I find it important to immerse oneself in everything. I’ll listen to Post Malone and Power Trip, Fit For An Autopsy and Frank Sinatra, Rameau and Rammstein. Right now, I’m listening to the Global Top 50 on Spotify and I’ll probably chase it with some Nightside Eclipse by Emperor.
Congratulations on being a new father by the way! Apart from being a Dad, what's the coolest thing you've ever got to do? Any bucket list items crossed off yet, so to speak?
I think the fact that I have two full time jobs that are absolute digressions to the conventional jobs is pretty insane. One job that involves playing guitar and singing to people live; and the other job is performing to people online and playing video games while people chat along and watch. That’s a pretty insane concept.
Finally, say Iron Maiden needs a fill in guitarist for Download and James Hetfield calls you to cover a show in Brazil the same date. But you also have a Trivium gig that night. Are you playing Number of the Beast or Master of Puppets haha?
I’ll jam out 1/4 of Maiden, fly the plane myself to go jam with Metallica for 1/4, streaming the show in the meantime - then hologram broadcasting myself for the 1/2 of the Triv gig.