We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Musty and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When I look back at my career thus far, there are a handful of distinct and defining moments that I can credit to having the stones to get uncomfortable and take a chance. I’ve packed up in my car and moved to new and unfamiliar cities, I’ve piled into vans full of strangers and I’ve been at border crossings an inch away from spending the night in jail. I’ve lost brakes, blown out tires. I’ve done landscaping and farming, I’ve driven cabs and I’ve waited tables. It was during those experiences that I felt the most drive to figure things out and go take some risks. I think any freelancer has gone through similar moments in their respective trajectories and I believe it’s just part of it. Simply being great at what you do isn’t enough. You have to earn your stripes and take risks constantly.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a freelance musician based in LA, working mostly in studios but on tour as well. I’m proud to have worked on albums with Grace Potter, Keith Urban, Gwen Stefani, movie soundtracks, and more. For the last year I’ve been working with the band Train. When we’re off tour, we’ve been writing and recording and it has been an unexpected but fun and rewarding challenge.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d take them on a hike in my neighborhood of Los Feliz and then go grab some coffee. I love where we live and I rarely venture too far away from it actually. When I’m home, I’M HOME!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Alison Tavel – Without her, I’d be unsure of myself, and generally lost. She came into my life at one of the most crucial, make or break, defining times and showed me true selfless love. Grace Potter & Eric Valentine – These two gave me chances when no one else would and it changed my life. Jim, Mary & Michael Musty – I’m lucky to have an incredible (and musical) family as my backbone. These people let me have drums in the living room growing up, that says it all.