Spotlight: Interview With Matt Webb, Marianas Trench Lead Guitarist
When Matt Webb began his career as the lead guitarist for Marianas Trench, he was just fourteen. Over the years, along with Josh Ramsay, Mike Ayley, and Ian Casselman, the Vancouver-born musician produced 4 studio albums (2 of which reached double platinum status,) 5 platinum singles, multiple MuchMusic Video awards, and a JUNO Award.
Despite the undeniable success of the band, in 2014 Matt decided to start a new chapter and work on his solo material, while still being part of Marianas Trench. His sophomore EP release, Right Direction, peaked at #5 on the iTunes Canada Charts and #3 on the iTunes Canada Pop Charts on release day.
Recently, the musician released his newest single “Again and Again,” a perfect summer track with clever guitars and a pounding backbeat.
We got the opportunity to ask Matt about his solo project and what inspires him. Check out the interview below!
First of all, congratulations on releasing your new single! What was it like working on your EP as a solo artist?
Thank you! Technically this is my 3rd release. I have two prior EP’s titled “Coda and Jacket” and “Right Direction”. Not to mention several Christmas super hits as both myself and 50% of the internationally acclaimed recording act, Mevvy. Love doing the solo stuff!
How would you define your style? What music has shaped you the most?
My style is all over the map. I try to write late night driving music in various formats lol. To be honest, there are little to no expectations to live up to, my solo work is strictly for fun. It’s another creative outlet and something that I thoroughly enjoy doing when I can make the time. I pull inspiration from everywhere: The Police, John Mayer, The 1975 are just a few of my favourite artists.
In terms of the creative process, what’s the biggest difference between making music with the band and working solo?
It’s always a bunch of dudes sitting in the studio together… just different dudes depending on the project.
What inspires you to write music?
Life, family and friends and that wonderful feeling you get when you’ve created something that you can’t stop listening to over and over again.
What’s your biggest dream as a musician?
Global domination. Rocking Wembley.
What’s the best thing that’s happened to you after you decided to go solo?
The Qukes – my part-time side project band that hide deep in the shadows, only to emerge every 3-5 years, learn some songs, take a vacation and then go on tour. We have a signal, like the bat signal but instead of projecting a giant bat into the sky, it’s a cucumber.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?
I would be a professional water skier.
When can we expect your next album?
New MT due before the end of the year, as for more solo stuff – look for the signal.