We had a chance to chat with Sinister Circle’s lead vocalist Matty Bluntz. Sinister Circle is an aggressive melodic metal band out of Tampa, FL that makes “powerful and honest metal for the masses.” We talked with Matty about music and why JNCO aligns so perfectly with the metal lifestyle:
Why did you start singing and what inspired you?
I’ve played music all my life. I started with guitar, and over time learned and gigged several instruments before I picked up a mic. Every time I lost touch with music I felt empty, and I would always come back to playing something new and more aggressive. I am angry inside, so maybe it was inevitable that I grabbed a mic and started screaming. It came naturally, and I really dove into studying aggressive vocalists and vocal techniques.
What’s your go-to equipment on-stage and in-studio?
Shure. I use a Shure Beta 58 on stage and a Shure wireless in-ear monitor system. I haven’t worked with much else that is worth the dollar. There are cheaper options that just don’t hold up to the abuse of playing out. Reliability is paramount when selecting gear, and Shure has never left me hanging.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
I could keep you reading all day if I gave a true list of influences, so I will just name a few. Jimi Hendrix started it all for me. Then guys like Aaron Lewis (Staind), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Elias Soriano (Nonpoint), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and of course Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave, many more bands, arguably the best vocalist of my generation) showed me how it was done, for sure.
And HUGE influence comes from hometown guys like Jon Oliva (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jon Oliva’s Pain), and Florida Metal like Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Deicide. But I have to say, most of all LaJon Witherspoon (Sevendust) is the vocalist, - hell, the human being - who has had the biggest impact on me. His skill and talent on stage surpassed only by his character off stage. Here’s to you, Spoon, thanks for being real AF!
If you had one piece of advice for a young person looking to break into the music business, what would it be?
Don’t defeat yourself. Local scenes are all different, but they are all made of people. Go to the shows, meet the people. Find out what it takes to play shows and do it. Don’t imagine the scene from your screen, get out there and “see who’s doing it right.” False perceptions can kill you before you begin. Nothing is impossible, be determined, find like-minded people who want to work. It is the most competitive field you will ever be a part of. But, it can also be the most spiritually rewarding.
What are your goals for the next year?
So many goals this year. We have some awesome things lined up already for 2016. Sinister Circle is coming out swinging with tracks to release. We are adding new elements to our stage experience, writing and recording new music, and working with promoters, venues, other companies, and bands to make this year the most explosive yet. Ultimately, we just want to get our sound and message out to those who have been looking for something just like this, so we are looking forward to playing on national bills coming through town, as well as planning a tour.
What do you like best about JNCO?
I like the style and the fit best. I like that JNCO promotes going against the grain. I think it’s important we keep that spark going, especially in a greying society.
How does JNCO align with your lifestyle?
I am a devout advocate of individuality. Expressing yourself is the best way to get connected with people. Whoever said “there’s nothing original left in this world” forgot something. They forgot about YOU. There’s never been a “you” before, and there never will be again. I support the dreamer, the artist, and the free spirit the refuses to conform. JNCO has always been associated with artists, dreamers, and non-conformists. I wear my JNCO’s because they are comfortable, they look dope, and they last. Some even have hidden pockets…….;)
Why does JNCO work so well for on-stage clothing?
On stage you need mobility. On the road, and in life, you need durability. Sorry, but I couldn’t do what I do in skinny jeans. Give me some black pipes, cut ‘em off under the knee if its summer, I’m set.
Why do you think there’s a demand for 90s fashion again?
I don’t know, because 90s stuff was awesome? Hey, I’m not a fashion expert. I’m just a guy who screams at a microphone.
What’s your favorite JNCO product?
Today I’m wearing the black skunks. They are choice. Back in the day I had some khaki nukes that were my favorite pants ever. I even still have them somewhere, though I will never fit into them again. But I will never throw them out. They are my JNCOs.
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