Nashville based singer-songwriter, Matt Wertz, wholeheartedly sings his way to The Triple Door Mainstage while taking the time to reveal a few secrets to us about where he finds his musical inspiration, what hidden talents he possesses and who his musician crush is.
The Triple Door: If you could play with any musician, living or dead, who would it be?
Matt Wertz: I think I'd want to be on stage with Michael Jackson during the BAD tour. I mean, could it get any better than that?
TD: What was the best concert you ever attended?
MW: Easy. Bon Iver at the Ryman Auditorium on this last tour. I was elated the entire time. It's hard to describe, but I was on the edge of every emotion at once.
TD: If you could perform in any city in the world, where would you?
MW: Hmmm.. well, because I haven't performed in Europe, it would be awesome to play London or Paris, but honestly, I want to play in the city where there is a room full of people who want to hear me play my songs. It doesn't matter how cool the city is if the crowd sucks!
TD: What's your most embarrassing on stage experience?
MW: Hmm.. Surely it was some time when I blew a snot bubble or my voice cracked horribly or I put my foot in my mouth trying to be clever... but honestly, I'm pretty shameless, so I don't get embarrassed too easily!
TD: What inspires you to play music?
MW: What inspires me to play music is knowing how much I have connected with other people's songs and realizing that folks are having that same kind of experience with my songs. It keeps me wanting to write from my heart and touch on the deeply personal that strangely seems to also be the most universal.
TD: What hidden talents do you have?
MW: I've been known to arrange flowers here and there, I am a decent visual artist, and have a knack for beat boxing :)
TD: Who is your musician crush?
MW: Oooh, wow. There are a few. I've always been intrigued by John Mayer, but recently I've been crushin' on Bon Iver. I love the creative freedom Justin Vernon exhibits and how he really seems to be doing music for the right reasons. It is really inspiring.
See Matt Wertz with Lydia Ramsey on May 16th at 7:30 on the Mainstage.