Rolling out spoke with Matty Shredz, Detroit trap guitarist, as part of our “Making Smoke” series, centered on the Backwoods brand.
How did you get started in music?
It all started 10 years ago. My mom bought me my first acoustic guitar. Then soon after, she bought me my first electric. Growing up then, I always looked up to great guitar heroes, like Ace Frehley, Eddie Van Halen, Zackk Wylde, Angus Young. They really inspired a whole lot of my playing, but about last year is when I started to adjust my sound a little bit to a trap rock kind of feel.
What makes you hot?
Not many people are really playing guitar at hip-hop shows. I thought it’d be something cool to do and something different. I used to be in a band, but it didn’t really work out. So I went to a hip-hop showcase for the first time, my friend told me about it. And I just went up and just shredded it, and the rest is history.
What comes to mind when you think of the Backwoods brand, or the Backwoods and Bonfires Festival?
When it comes to Backwoods, all I think of is that it’s Detroit‘s Woodstock. No way else to put it. It’s Detroit’s Woodstock.
What new musical heat are you working on?
For all of my concerts and projects, you guys can keep up-to-date with that on my Instagram. It’s @Matty.Shredz. That’s where you can get the info on all of the projects I’m working on, all the concerts I’m playing at, showcases, all of it.