Not all bands from Nashville Tennessee carry that country style and Blue Matches is a prime example! This Indie/Punk band is making their mark and burning their way to the top. I had the opportunity to interview Steven Edwards (who is on guitar and vocals) and get a little peak into what keeps Blue Matches flame ignited:
Q- Who is the manager of the band?
A- There is no official manager. However, Steven says himself and Michelle Marston (also on
vocals) would definitely claim that title if it was a set position.
Q- How did the members meet?
A- Michelle and Steven met through ads in 2010. The singer that was originally in place did not
work out, but Michelle fit the part! The other members of the band came together with the
help from friends of friends. “We’re like a dysfunctional family.” Steven shares.
Q- Where did the name Blue Matches come from?
A- There is no real reason for the name. A drummer that was previously in the band had made a
list of names and Blue Matches happened to be on it. It has a double meaning; not only literal
but also emotional, “feeling blue.”
Q- What inspires you to write music?
A- “I can’t speak for the others,” Steven says, “but growing up I listened to indie and punk
music; also just having an emotional connection with music.”
Q- Who are your biggest inspirations; musical or non-musical?
A- The bands Get Up Kids, NoFX, and Fly Leaf are a few of the many musical inspirations. As far
as the writing goes, social issues and past relationships play a major part. There are a few songs
inspired by the everyday pop culture.
Q-Where do you want to see your band in five years?
A- Hopefully doing a tour and being able to make a living just making music. We all currently
have full-time jobs. Definitely hope to be doing more shows. “This coming year (2015) we will
be playing South West, which is a huge step forward.” Steven says.
Q- Have you always wanted to be in the music industry?
A- Yes. “I have a degree in recording,” Steven tells, “and the other band members have always
been involved with music.”
Q-What’s your favorite part of performing?
A- When the crowds get into it. We are very energetic and in your face during performances.
It’s awesome when the crowd sings along.
Q- Who are you trying to reach through your music?
A- It ranges from teens to those in their twenties and early thirties. It originally was aimed
towards those in the mid-twenties and up. However, when they played River Fest they
discovered many of those in the crowd were teens!
Q-What or who are your biggest motivators?
A- The drive to succeed. We’ve put in a lot of effort towards this and we just want to see it go
Q- How was the journey been so far as a band?
A- In 2008, before it was the four of us, it was not so easy. The band has always been Blue
Matches, but the members have been rotated in and out. However, since there’s been a set
group, it’s been a lot easier.
Blue Matches is going to be Nashville’s first rising Indie band! They’ve already played many
venues and will continue to have many more opportunities. This talent can’t be overlooked!
You can find out more on their website www.bluematches.com. There you can buy
merchandise, learn more about the band, see their upcoming shows, and more!