Under The Spotlight

Published on July 12th, 2015 | by Sonic Bandwagon


Under The Spotlight – Matt Fryers

Matt Fryers is one of the most soulful and naturally gifted acoustic singer/songwriters circling the underground scene at the moment. His range and powerful gritty vocals coupled with his passionate and dynamic guitar playing has had audiences memorised whenever he plays.

With recent slots at ‘Headlander’ and ‘The Hidden Beer Festival’ in Stockport, Matt will be playing Blackthorn Music Festival on Saturday 25th July, which will be another chance to see why he’s so highly regarded.

He will be in the Pure Studio on 17th July on show no. 75 for live session and interview, but he spoke to Sonic Bandwagon beforehand in the ‘Under the Spotlight’ feature, telling us what the best gig he’s ever played was, what inventive product he’d take with him on a desert  island, what he’d throw in Room 101, and what he’d do if he won the lottery.


What are your top 5 favourite songs? In no particular order because I can’t decide……….Tool – ‘Right in Two’, Metallica – ‘Nothing Else Matters’, Oasis –  ‘Fade in Out’, The Cinematic Orchestra – ‘To Build a Home’, and James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Down The Burning Ropes’

What is your favourite song lyric? “Life is a lesson. You learn it when you’re through”. Limp Bizkit – ‘Take a Look Around’

What is the best gig you’ve ever played? Last year I was part of a release from Scruff of The Neck Records, `Mix Tape Vol. 1`. There was me and four bands. We all recorded our tracks over the same weekend and got to know each other pretty well in the process. As a result the launch night was amazing. Night and Day was completely packed out and everybody joined together to make the most awesome night I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing at. And I got very very drunk on whiskey.

What is your favourite thing about being in the music industry? Getting to meet and jam with so many talented musicians.

What has been the best gig you’ve attended? A Papa Roach gig I went to many years ago. The gig itself wasn’t that amazing, but near the end I crowd surfed from the back of the crowd to the front and over the security barrier. Can’t really top that.



What are your top 5 favourite films? If I really had to pick five out of the hundreds of films that I love, they would probably be…….. Pulp Fiction, Snatch, Mad Max (any of the 3 that don’t have Tina Turner in them), Bronson, and Falling Down.

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? Tom Hardy

What is your favourite line/speech in a film/TV Show? “Truth is. You’re the weak! And I am the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’ Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.” – Pulp Fiction

What are your top 5 favourite television shows of all time? Bottom, Sons of Anarchy, 15 Storeys High, Top Gear, The Wire

What would you name the autobiography of your life? ‘Shit Happens’



What is your biggest fear? Spiders!!! I don’t care if they’re more scared of me than I am of them!!!

What/who would you throw in Room 101? Skinny jeans. I am pretty sure that in the future we will find out that skinny jeans have a negative effect on mans ability to reproduce!!!

Who is your hero/idol? My dad. He was without a doubt the greatest person I’ve ever known.

You can choose your last meal. What will the menu consist of? Steak!!! Don’t care what else there is just as long as there is steak!!!

What makes you laugh the most? Complete stupidity



What one item would you take with you on a desert island? A Swiss army guitar (someone needs to make one of these)

If you could go back in time, what is one piece of advice you would give your younger self? Eat more carrots they’re good for you.

If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce? Girls are prohibited from wearing earrings that eclipse the size of their own head. The Jeremy Kyle Show will be prosecuted immediately after the implementation of this law for glorifying the crime!

What superpower would you have for one day? The ability to teleport anywhere with a click of the fingers.

What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? Write a song about how happy I am that I’ve won the lottery.


Inside the ‘Pure Studio’

What is your favourite word? Wobble

What is your least favourite word? Comb

What switches you on? Good people

What switches you off? Everyone else

What sound or noise do you love? The rain

What sound or noise do you hate? Sirens

What is your favourite curse word? Bollocks

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Professional pencil sharpener

What profession would you not like to do? Anything that involves working at extreme heights!

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Hello, I’m god. No you’re not dreaming. I’m pleased to tell you it wasn’t all just a massive blag after all.”

Photos by Sara Smith



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Andy Barnes, Nigel Cartner & Mike Ainscoe collectively post under the Sonic Bandwagon profile. Our individual pieces of written reviews can be found within SB Press

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