Check out this great interview I did with Matthew Wade, the mind behind My Silent Bravery. Check it out here!
Where does the name “My Silent Bravery” come from?
I used to tour under a prior band, and we used to go by the name “MSB”. I think it was about 2008 or so when I decided to switch over to a different name, but keep the “MSB” intact. A friend of mine suggested the name My Silent Bravery. I thought that really sort of embodied the message behind the music, and it stuck.
This is going to be your fourth album, “Diamond From Coal”. Tell me how the recording and writing processes for this record differ in comparison to anything you’ve worked on before.
This record was different because it was produced by two different producers. Half of the cuts were done by the gentleman that did my last record. His name is Anthony Resta. I’ve been working with him for several years. He’s done Collective Soul, Elton John, a lot of big names like that. He did half the tracks. The other half of the tracks were Warren Huart. Warren’s out in LA (subsequently now, Anthony has moved out to LA). I spent a fair amount of time out in LA for the recording process. Other times I was here in Massachusetts recording. Warren has recorded artists like The Fray, Augustana, James Blunt. He recently engineered the new Aerosmith record. I think that the writing, for the most part, was a similar process, but it was still different. Most of my recording was usually done locally, but I think that heading out to LA to record was, you know, taking the next step for me.
What did each producer bring to the table, musically and production-wise?
First, they’re both great at what they do. They’re both very creative, intelligent and great people. I felt very honored to work with both of them. I did my whole last record with Anthony, so there was a whole comfort level there with Anthony. He knew what I wanted to go for. When working with Warren, it was a little bit of trying something new. I’d respected a lot of the work that I had heard from him. Warren worked with lead engineer Phil Allen, and he had Aaron Johnson mixed some of the stuff as well. We were at Swing House Studios in Los Angeles, where The Fray did their record. We were in a side studio as well through Epic Records, where they recorded the piano for Adele’s “Someone Like You”. You kind of feel like you’re a part of history in the making, and you hope that one day your project will end up in the same likeness as those artists with a lot of hard work.
Where does the name “Diamond From Coal” come from?
“Diamond From Coal” comes from a lyric in one of the new songs. The song is called “Stop And Go”. The idea is that diamonds are formed when there’s enough pressure that’s put on goal. It’s like finding a diamond in the rough, you know? But it takes a lot of work to get to that diamond. For me, that’s sort of what it embodied; the hard work and the persistence that it had taken for me since day one of starting this dream out, to the place where I was at with this record. Hopefully people think it’s a diamond.
Also, in my spare time, I’m pretty involved with spirituality. It’s also sort of a spiritual concept that I had learned about and wanted to incorporate in there. It’s sort of an artist thing, too. I believe that when Michaelangelo did [sic] the David, he said what he did was he’d already seen the sculpture there within. He took his chisel and took away the outside and what was around it.
Tell me a little bit about the song “Amazing”, the first single. What is the story behind the song?
The story behind that song has changed for me, a little bit, from when I initially started, which I find pretty cool. When I went in to record “Amazing”, my initial goal with that song was a fun, happy-go-lucky type of song that people hadn’t really heard as much from me. A lot of my stuff has been a little deeper, with spiritual deeper tones and heavier subject matter. So with this song, I wanted a fun, go out and have a good time type of song. When I recorded the video to that song, the idea for that song changed a little for me. When we were filming that video, things, I don’t know if you’d want to say started to go wrong, but there was a twist of fate. The filming didn’t go quite as I planned, but it ended up being a blessing in disguise. It was a reminder that came to me to make the situation that you’re in amazing. You can look at the cup as half empty or half full, and that’s human nature. We tend to go to that place where we find what’s wrong with something rather than what’s right with something. It morphed into this idea of making the night amazing, so whatever you’re going to do, whether you’re going to see your favorite band play, your favorite sports team, hanging out with friends, you’ve got to go out and make it amazing. Make the best of a situation; you’re always looking for the silver lining and embracing that as opposed to trying to figure out what’s wrong with everything.