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Photos & Interview: Kris Fuentes Cortes
IG: krislorifuentescortes
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On a rainy evening in the city of Chicago, I made my way to Chicago’s own GMan Tavern up in Wrigleyville. There in the backroom I met with Matt Hires as he was setting up his merchandise (which I forgot to buy, I missed out). We decided to conduct the interview after his performance, so my friends and I sat back and enjoyed his performance.

Matt Hires is native to Tampa, Florida and recently made the move to Tennessee. With songs that are based on creative stories, love, and some songs for causes; the man never stops writing music. His creativity continuously runs and the freedom to do what he wants has led him to leave the label he was once signed too. That doesn’t stop Hires, the tour he is doing is solely on his own. As he tours, he grows with new knowledge, new skills, and meeting new fans.

Matt has a unique approach to his show. Of course he starts out with his set list of songs to perform, however he doesn’t always stick to it. He asks the audience to shout out what songs they want to hear. Fans call out songs from all his past works of EP’s and albums. Of course he played my favorite ‘Restless Heart’ and along with many others like ‘Heartache Machine’ and ‘Red Eye’ too.; great songs! He unplugged from this equipment, something I rarely see, and had the crowd see along as he moved to the middle of the room.

Matt took the time to meet all his fans and chat to them; which is always so great to see musicians do. I feel like that always shows how grateful musicians are for their fans and appreciate them coming out. Matt and I made our way outside in the rain to conduct our interview. Fun fact: I made him hold the umbrella. Check out the interview above.

Due to water damage to the memory card on my video camera, the visual is not available. DARN YOU RAIN!

Make sure you check out his EP ‘Red Eye’ and see if he is coming to your town. Thank you again Matt for taking the time to chat with us. We hope you stop by UIC Radio next time you’re around Chicago!

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