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Interview: Trivium’s Matt Heafy – “We’re the only band that had to come out and grow up in the public eye”

With a new look, new attitude and eating habits, Trivium rolled into Glasgow as one of five Defenders Of Faith alongside In Flames, Ghost, Rise To Remain and Insense. The Floridian metal giants, supporting the release of their fifth studio album ‘In Waves,’ returned to their regular Scottish venue and before they took to the stage I had the opportunity to sit down with frontman Matt Heafy. Read on as we discuss the band growing up in the public eye, cliché metal, his desire to set a good example, the possibility of a quick follow up to ‘In Waves’ and more.

Song: In Waves

EspyRock: Are you surprised with the turnout tonight as they have shut off the top level and you have previously sold out this venue several times?

Matt Heafy: We kept hearing before we came over [to the UK] that tickets were not going to sell well but we’ve just came from two sold out shows and all the shows that haven’t sold out, the pre-sales were extremely high with a lot of tickets then being bought at the door. I don’t think people have money to buy tickets ahead of time or they can afford to spend £30 for a ticket but then they are unsure if they have to work that night. We then have five other tours to compete with just now, for example Machine Head were here just last night. If I were a music fan then I’d have an extremely tough decision picking between In Flames or Machine Head, Trivium or Bring Me The Horizon, Rise To Remain or DevilDriver. We have been told to expect some rough nights but so far it has been really good unless you just jinxed it.

Yeah this is the week for gigs here in Glasgow. We have Every Time I Die with Trash Talk here tomorrow and then on Friday we have Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Steel Panther.

It’s ridiculous just how much is going on here this week. Everyone is suffering because of all the bands that are here this week. You need to make the decision that you can only afford one or two shows at most. It doesn’t help bands as we’re just competing against each other for fans and money and we all end up losing something. If it does turn out that the top floor is closed tonight then I won’t be upset about it, there are just too many good gigs this week in Glasgow.

How many years is this in a row that you have either toured with In Flames or featured on the same festival line-up as, around five or six?

I think so. They are one of my favourite bands and have been since I was around fourteen years old. It has been amazing touring with them and I think we’ve done five tours together and we have another three next year.

“Defenders Of Faith” is the name given to this tour by Metal Hammer so what does that mean to you?

We’re just incredibly excited that Metal Hammer is up to promoting and supporting bands still. There are so many magazines who used to be about bands who were about something, if you get what I mean, but nowadays they are just tabloid flavour of the month type things and they don’t dedicate their time to real bands. It is nice to see that some people are still backing career bands. For us, we’re a band who are not about the cliché of what a metal band is meant to look and sound like or be. Our thing is all about bringing outside influences of everything to allow metal to become something different.

Did you ever worry in the early days, as you set yourself out to be a career band, that the statements you released about being the biggest band who come back to haunt you?

No I think it was a good thing because all of these bands who came out and said “we’re just happy to be playing in front of fifty people” are gone now. We were the only band who had the balls to say that we were going to be the biggest band in the world and that’s why we’re still around. We are still working our way towards that goal and we don’t aim to slow down. All of the other bands who hated on that and weren’t happy with us saying stuff like that are all gone now.

As you had that statement following you, and people used it to criticise you and what you were doing, do you feel you that forced you to look at yourself and think “I have to grow up, I need to mature” so you could handle what was to come?

We’re the only band that had to come out and grow up in the public eye. There were no other bands progressing in the way we were at the age of eighteen with our first record, they were all in their thirties, so we just had a little more time than everyone else. Nowadays the only time I will ever read anything about our band is if I know it is 100% positive because there is no need to read anything negative, it doesn’t matter.

I was going to ask you if you read the comments online and what people were currently saying about yourself or the band.

It’s a waste of time and really it doesn’t matter. We’re doing exactly what we want to do for a living so there is no reason to ever think about or doubt it or let someone’s negativity cloud your mind around that. There are people who love what we do so even if ticket sales are not good or there aren’t as many people as there should be, there will still be people there, people who love it and want to have a good time and that is all a band needs to concentrate on.

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