Bearcast Media’s annual music festival, Live on Short Vine, is quickly approaching! I suuhhhhpoke with singer/songwriter Matt Schneider, who is performing at the Mio’s stage at 9 PM, about his upcoming EP, the band’s plans, and who he’s most excited to see at Live On Short Vine.
How’s the recording of the new EP “Easier Said than Done”?
The new EP has been a challenge because I have around 30 or 40 songs competing for 5 slots, so making cuts on my own tunes is never easy. Right now we’ve got it down to about 10 songs and I’ll make the cuts soon on which will make the album.
Can you explain your songwriting process? Where do you normally get your inspiration?
Like a lot of people, there’s no formula for songwriting. Some songs get finished in 15 minutes, and some take weeks and never make the cut for the record. Most of my lyrics come from watching other people and trying to put their stories into my music. The songs and melodies are coming from just sitting around and playing to myself. Then something just seems to stick and I archive it till the right lyrics come around.
What’re some of the influences we will be hearing on these new songs?
The main influences musically are coming from artists like Gary Clark Jr., Hozier, and Jason Mraz. This has been mainly from friends pushing certain artists on me and also some older guys I really looked up to like Mraz and seeing what they’ve been putting out in the past few years.
You have a large variety of influences, if you could collaborate with one artist, who would it be?
The thing about collaborations is that all of my heroes would intimidate the hell out of me and I’d end up sitting there watching them the whole time. But Paul McCartney has always been my songwriting idol so it’s an easy choice.
What is your favorite song to cover?
Lately I’ve been hung up on a song called “Sideways” by Citizen Hope. I first heard him doing it with Santana and my heart melted so I was playing it the next night at a show.
Who’s currently in the band?
The band is all over the place now. Of course Charlie Andrews is still playing drums from me; he’s been my go to for about 5 years now and we’ve just got a solid feel for each other. Ryan Fitzgerald is a new addition to the band. He’s a finger style acoustic guitarist from Phoenix and he’s been adapting too doing some electric playing with me. He’s just a great fit for me; our guitar parts always seem to weave in and out of each other without clashing. And the newest member is bassist Chandler Hoffert. I’ve had my eye on him as a player for a few years now from seeing his band “Inglorious Neighbors” and when I found out they were taking a short break I started calling him till I could get him into a rehearsal and he’s made a big difference in the group’s feel.
What does this summer hold for you and the band?
The summer is going to be a lot of fun with the guys. We are doing some traveling and putting the music in some new ears at festivals. Also we are just tightening things up for a tour we are planning now in August and September.
What other groups are you looking forward to hearing at this festival?
The entire lineup looks fantastic, but I got really excited when I saw Jim Trace and the Makers on there. I recently did a benefit show with them over at the Southgate House and I couldn’t get enough of them. So I know where I’m going when I walk off the stage after my set!
Matt recorded an exclusive acoustic version of his song “Sweet on You,” which is available below. Check it out and come see him rock the Live on Short Vine stage at Mio’s at 9 PM.