Affliction Rock Style: Heartist’s Matt Marquez Performs “Demons” and Talks Tour Essentials
Affliction Clothing recently brought in Matt Marquez, drummer of Orange County California’s Heartist, to perform their epic track “Demons” from the band’s full-length album ‘Feeding Fiction.’ Check out the video of his performance below.
They also sat down with Marquez to chat about what got him into playing drums, stage essentials, and touring must-have’s.
Be sure to check out the band on their nationwide tour with Framing Hanley. See tour dates here.
AFFLICTION How long have you been playing drums and what got you started in the first place?
MATT MARQUEZ I’ve been playing drums for close to 20 years now. I started as a kid with some toy electric sticks wired to a speaker. That just grew into me hitting hats hanging on bedposts then eventually a drum set at Christmas time when I was 11.
What is your all-time favorite record to play along to and why?
‘Animosity’ from Sevendust. That album is such an awesome gathering of heavy, groove, style and is still to this day my favorite album of all time from any band.
You guys have been on the road quite a bit over the last few years, can you tell us one of the wildest moments you encountered while being on tour?
I would say one of our wildest moments was when we were on tour in Europe supporting Killswitch Engage. Their guitarist Adam D. made a drinking game out of his guitar squeals. Drink for every squeal he made. So to challenge us on the song he squealed as much as he could. For a few weeks it was fun. But on the last night of tour, they had us on a drum riser above the whole band. Squealing and pounding drinks like there was no tomorrow. For every drink we finished, we had to jump in the crowd, crowd surf to the other side of the stage and run back up and chug more. It was nuts. And messy, if you know what I mean. All in front of 2,000 people!
Stage essentials: What are your musts haves gear-wise when you hit the stage?
Must-haves are clothes that breathe! Stretchy jeans are important. I drum with black converse low tops. My favorite stage shirt is a dark red Affliction tank. It’s thin, soft and there is no restriction on stage when I move. It’s just all about being comfy and looking “rock” while being comfy.
Tips for the masses: What are your fashion do’s and don’ts?
I’m a rocker, so my “do’s” would be all about comfort! Obviously nobody would intentionally show up to a rock show wearing slacks and dress shoes, but be comfortable in what you wear. And ladies, stop wearing heels to a rock show if the venue is an all standing area! Someone’s gonna get hurt!
What are three things you you can’t leave home without when you are hitting the road?
I need several pairs of shoes on the road. Some that are comfy to walk in, some that are easy to kick off, and a pair that is built for thrashing on a drum kit every night. This way I don’t burn out all my shoes on drumming. I designate pairs for purposes. Second thing I need is two suitcases. One for clean clothes and one for dirty clothes so my clean clothes don’t get mixed. Clothing bags just don’t cut it. They get tossed around the trailer and torn up. Last thing I can’t leave home without is dry shampoo. Not every day guarantees a shower. But that doesn’t mean the clean and groomed thing can’t happen!