I had the pleasure to interview Matt Brandyberry, of the music group FROM ASHES TO NEW.
Thank you so much for joining us! Matt Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
As I kid I grew up loving music. I knew I wanted to be a great musician, but for a while I was focused more on sports. When I got a bit older and reality set in, sports became more of a hobby. It was then that I decided to chase my dream of being a performing artist. As a teenager I always believed I was going to be the next great rapper. But, growing up in rural Pennsylvania, most people encouraged me to think otherwise. So, I decided to pick up guitar and join a local band. I spent years in that band going nowhere. After finally realizing that it wasn’t going to work, I returned to rap. That is how From Ashes to New was born.
Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?
We have accomplished many amazing things in our career in a very short time, but sharing stages at festivals with bands such as Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, and Bring Me the Horizon is something we are incredibly grateful for. Meeting so many of your inspirations and realizing that you all think very much alike is beyond surreal.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Our album, THE FUTURE, came out in April of this year and we are on the road constantly promoting it. I’m also currently working on a “Mixtape”. I feel it is equally as important to showcase my ability to rap as it is to continue with my career with From Ashes to New. I am really proud to say, my band has mounted a campaign to combat bullying with an organization called LOVE IS LOUDER. We put together VIP experiences that we are donating proceeds from. You can check it all out here .
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I have met and become friends with many people I look up to in this industry. Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach), Ben Burnley (Breaking Benjamin), Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch), Yelawolf and John Cooper (Skillet) just to name a few. But, the most interesting people I have met are our fans. The stories of struggle and how our music has helped them overcome or once again find belief in themselves is what makes what I do so gratifying.
Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?
I’m not sure that I have a particular person(s) who inspire me most. I’m inspired by people of the “Golden Age” and before. To me these people knew the true meaning of hard work, dedication, failure, and success. They paved the road we travel and for that, I am eternally grateful.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
The stage is my platform to spread my message. ‘If I can make it anyone can.’ I truly believe I was put on this planet to help those who feel lost. Helping just one person find their “voice” is success to me. We are taking it further with the Pledge Campaign we are doing. We are fortunate and want to spread that good fortune around.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Be yourself. Stop searching social media for who you should be or how you should look and find love for yourself. Being different is what makes us who we are. We are all beautiful if we believe we are.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Don’t listen to the outside noise. Think back to where you began and continue on that path. Being jaded is a state not created by the artist, but by those who want to change the art.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1. You control your destiny. — Don’t look to others for answers in your life/career.
2. There are many “fake” people out there. — Lots of people will flock to you when you are “successful”, but the moment that train slows down, they jump overboard.
3. From the outside looking in you can’t possibly understand the music industry. You have to live in it to know that it’s not all glamour.
4. You will work harder than you have ever worked in your life. — I have worked many jobs in the past, but nothing has come close to this. Traveling for months on end. Imagine going to work and not going home for 6 weeks. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but it is definitely grueling at times.
5. If you don’t believe in yourself others won’t either. — I found my way into this industry by believing without a doubt I belonged here.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview and be in touch with some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she just might see this, especially if we tag them 🙂
Marshall Mathers/Eminem. I wouldn’t need to tell him how great he is at his profession, but to only let him know that his past was important for my future. As an adolescent, his words helped me navigate some rough waters. Now I’m able to do the same for people. I guess I would just like to personally thank him on behalf of myself and millions of others who he gave courage to.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
They can find us on all platforms by simply searching for From Ashes to New. I go by @MattFATN on Instagram & Twitter and my Facebook fan page is Matt B.