Band Members: Ben Rivera, Blake Mattea, Justin Mattea, Clint Kirby
Thank you for taking time out for this, Blake! How are things going?
Things are going really well! We are always in the mood to rock ‘n roll!
Please tell me a little about the band and what being a member of Hyperdose means to you.
Hyperdose is an American active rock band formed in the spring of 2015 from Oklahoma City, OK. With the May 2016 release of the debut EP entitled Impact, Hyperdose is moving with lightning speed in the hard rock sector. Recorded at Crosstrax Studios in Memphis, TN with Grammy nominated producer Justin Rimer (12 Stones, Saving Abel, Full Devil Jacket), the new EP evocatively conveys the fight for peace amidst an inner life rich with conflict and turmoil. The massive anthem of “Throw It Down” takes you to a world of adrenaline and uncaged energy. Other songs such as “Coming For You” and “Impact” have strong, riotous vocal melodies, dynamic edge toppling guitar riffs and war-like backbone of percussion and bass guitar. The debut single entitled, “Take Control” was released April 2015 and features guest vocals from Gabe Aranda of the modern act Aranda.
To me, being a Hyperdose member is very fulfilling. The ability to create and speak through music the core struggles and triumphs of life is amazing.
Who are your musical influences? Was there a particular artist that had more of an impact?
Funny you say “Impact” lol. We have quite the range of influences heavy in the 2000 rock sound along with the new wave of programming and electronic world. Bands such as Breaking Benjamin, Theory Of A Deadman, Saliva, Starset, Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, Papa Roach, Korn, Shinedown, System Of A Down, Limp Bizkit, 30 Seconds To Mars, and many others.
What inspires you as an artist?
It is such an inspiring feeling to start from scratch and create music that speaks to fans in all parts of the country and world. We are the future of music and we take that very seriously. When we crank things up the emotion and excitement is just like nothing else.
Does the band write music around lyrics, does the music inspire lyrics – or a little of both?
Traditionally we have always composed music first with some sparks of lyrical meaning or direction and then finished up lyrics after melodies. We are always trying new approaches though, and I will see for this new EP we are writing a lot of lyrics have come through firsthand. We are excited to see the difference.
What are your thoughts on how new music is promoted now?
Everyone is really still trying to figure out the formula. It is absolutely great that you can have a listener from, say Egypt or the UK, and reach platforms never before as easily accessible. On the other hand, it takes patience and positioning to make the dream a reality.
Has it been easy to stay motivated as you’ve grown your music career?
Yes, we have constantly matured and never lost the drive to create new music. There are so many more challenges nowadays, but we are hyped up to battle.
Have you had the opportunity to share the stage with any bands you’ve found to be particularly cool?
Yes, each of us in our former bands have shared the stage with bands such as Skillet, Chevelle, Red, Nonpoint, Sick Puppies, We Are The Fallen, Drowning Pool, Korn, among many others.
What has been the most exciting part about being in Hyperdose so far?
We just mesh so well together and all have the same aspirations. We actually live a bit apart and have worked and written largely across the internet. This may seem frightening, but it has been a great experience. We are constantly growing and look forward to get on the live scene very shortly.
What do you hope people take away from your music?
As the name suggest, we want people to feel pure adrenaline through our music and use it to conquer troubling aspects of their lives. We love hearing the different perspectives.
What are you most proud of when it comes to Hyperdose?
Adapting to the change in music delivery and writing a lot via internet in such a short amount of time. We feel like we are onto something great and on a big path ahead.
What was the first album you bought with your own money growing up?
I believe it was DC Talk or it could have been Linkin Park’s album Hybrid Theory.
Who was your first concert?
My first concert was Switchfoot.
What’s next for Hyperdose?
We are in the process of writing and recording a new EP. Then we plan on hitting the live stage and continuing some licensing opportunities. From there we are just growing our fan base and seeing what interest we can bring our way.
Thank you again! What would you like to say to wrap things up?
Thank you! For those listeners out there, check us out and if you like what you hear buy some music! Also keep listening on Spotify. We really appreciate all the fans out there and just know we have your back when it comes to hard rock ‘n roll!