Matt DeVries has been a part of some of the heaviest bands to date. Best known for his work with the heavy metal bands Fear Factory and Chimaira, this talented guitar and bass player both, has quickly found that being a Dad is his number one priority. It was my pleasure to link with Matt and get to know him a little better. He is a hard working musician and an incredibly dedicated father.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
My name is Matt DeVries, I played rhythm guitar in the band Chimaira for 10+ years and spent the last 3 years playing bass for the band Fear Factory.
As far as balancing career and being a Dad, it’s far from easy. Having children changes everything. Music use to be my number one, now it’s a close second to being a Dad. Family comes first. My job is now the most bitter sweet thing imaginable. I love being on tour and I more then love playing on stage in front of people, but whenever I’m gone I miss my boys every second.
Luckily there are such things as cell phones, FaceTime, ooVoo, etc. Otherwise, I can only imagine how much harder being gone would be with limited communication.
Thankfully, they’re Mom takes care of them when I’m on tour. If it wasn’t for that, I would have quit the road long ago.
Because of my kids, I do contemplate leaving the road, but when you work this hard and long (more then half my life) to get here….. it’s hard to imagine leaving this and doing anything else. That, and my experience is pretty limited beyond the music industry lol.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Putting your kids first, being open minded, as patient as possible, remembering how it was when you were a kid, having fun with your kids, and being a kid again with your kids (within reason haha). Most of all (and what kept me doing this for so long), showing my boys that it’s very important to work hard at, follow, and stick with your dreams to make them become reality.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
Every way possible lol. Like I said, it restructures your life. Music and touring is now a close second instead of first. Decisions can’t be selfish any more. Lots of time spent scheduling everything around kids events and activities.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
I love to be called Dad or Daddy for one. Having the boys look up to me, being a kid again, watching my kids grow and mature, and helping with that process. I guess everything…. the good, the bad, the ugly.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
Not sure if this necessarily a funny story, but it was the first thing that came to mind and is pretty funny to me. A couple months back my five years old’s teacher approached me and asked if I would do a presentation on a country that I enjoy visiting on tour. They were learning about different countries and cultures that week. I of course said yes, and decided to do a presentation (poster board and all) on Australia. I figured it was perfect timing since I was about to go back to Australia with Fear Factory to play Soundwave Festival. That, and I absolutely love that country.
Anyways, the funny thing (that caught me by surprise) about it was that I think I was more nervous before I did this, then when I’m about to play in front of tens of thousands of people at a festival. Let me tell you, 24 four and five year olds can be pretty intimidating lol. (That and I usually just hide behind the guitar on stage and don’t have to speak.)
It went very well regardless, the kids were great and loved to hear everything I had to say about Australia.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Have fun with your kids, be patient, be involved, be understanding, lead by example, love them with all your heart, and put them first above all.
PS – Mom was right when she said “You’ll understand when you have kids”.
Thanks so much Matt, really honored to have connected with you! All the best!
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