Matthew Mayfield’s journey started in 1992 when he fell in love with Guns N’ Roses as soon as Slash got up on the piano for the finale of “November Rain.” After fronting the band Moses Mayfield, Mayfield went solo in 2008, and went on to record several EPs and two full lengths. The songwriter brings his assortment of songs to Eddie’s Attic this Thursday, and Andrew Chatwood had the chance to ask him a few questions.
What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you or at your show?
At a recent show in California I was given a custom screen-printed tee shirt that says ‘Cougar Trophy’ across the front So there’s that.
What is the funniest moment you have had as an artist?
There are so many to choose from but one of my finer moments was in Austin 5 or 6 years ago. I felt the need to climb up on the kick drum with my guitar during a big moment at the end of the set. I lost my balance and fell straight onto my back, guitar in hand. After the crash, I finished the rest of the song laying on the stage looking at the ceiling wondering how I was going to show my face once it was over. Silky smooth.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Nothing too exciting. I pace around the dressing room and sing ‘Tether’ by Damien Jurado to warm up the pipes. I also take a shot of Jameson or two before every show.
If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?
How do you connect with a crowd?
Crowds are easy to read based on attentiveness and enthusiasm. It’s just an intuition thing I suppose. Sometimes you have to start slow and ease yourself into the room in order to keep them with you. Other times you need to play a few they know to get their attention. But I feel like if you can deliver a passionate, convicted performance – most folks will stick with you for the long haul.
How did you decide on your band name?
Thankfully it was on my birth certificate. But I’d like to start a metal band called Evil Spiders From Hell someday. It’s a work in progress.
What is the best way to write music?
In my experience, there’s really no formula. The only necessary ingredient is feeling connected to the melody and the lyric somehow – even if it’s not written from personal experience. A lot of my music is about my life but some is storytelling. I think the most powerful songs are the ones that marry a memorable melody and a powerful lyric. Those are the ones that seem to move people the most, myself included.
Don’t miss Matthew Mayfield at Eddie’s Attic, this Friday January 24th!