Matt Heafy is a Japanese American musician who has performed with a music group called Capharnaum. But, Matt is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the heavy metal band Trivium.
In addition, Heafy regularly streams on his Twitch channel ”matthewkheafy,” as well as is a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
He was born on January 26, 1986, in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi, Japan.
Matt is the son of a Japanese mother. His father is half German and half Irish and a former member of the US Marine Corps.
Heafy spent the first year of his life in Japan. Then, his family moved to Orlando, Florida, USA.
Matt attended Lake Brantley High School, a public high school that serves grade levels 9 to 12 in Seminole County, Florida.
At around age 11, Heafy auditioned for a local band called “Freshly Squeezed.” During the audition, he played the Blink-182 song Dammit (the second single from the group’s second studio album, entitled – Dude Ranch). But, following his audition, Matt never got a follow-up call back.
During an interview, he explained:
”I initially tried out for a pop punk back in 7th grade; my tryout song was “Dammit” by Blink 182.”
Heafy later added:
”I thought I was pretty decent, but unfortunately I never got the call back and never made it into that band.”
Matt was almost completely self-taught and did not know formal music theory.
In his words:
“Self-taught for quite a bit of it, did lessons on and off for maybe two or three years, but I do not know anything formal music on guitar.”
He went on to say:
”I do on saxophone though…but that doesn’t help me on guitar.”
However, in 2014, following advice from M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Matt started taking vocal lessons from Ron Anderson, a New York City-based internationally known composer, coach, and musician.
In 2015, Heafy started taking formal training for the guitar.
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At age 12, Matt was accepted as lead guitarist in Trivium, despite the fact that other members were around age 16 at that time.
His debut with the band included his compositions of:
- The Storm;
In addition to keeping the position of lead guitarist for Trivium, Matt agreed to become a full-time lead singer for the band.
During an interview, he explained:
”After trying out for the band in 1999, I made it in. Ever since then, Trivium has been my first band and first job.”
”We started playing shows in 2000, got signed in 2003, signed again in 2004, started touring worldwide in 2003, and have been at it ever since.”
In 2007, Trivium toured Ireland and the United Kingdom with supporting acts Gojira, Annihilator, and Sanctity. In 2006, his band toured the United Kingdom with their album The Crusade.
For the song “Betrayer” off their 8th studio album, 2017’s ”The Sin and the Sentence,” Trivium is up for Best Metal Performance.
“To hear we were getting not only a Grammy nomination but a nomination for that song makes me so proud, because it has screaming and key changes and is so extreme.”
On April 24, 2020, Trivium released an album titled – ”What the Dead Men Say.”
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In 2010, Matt Heafy married Ashley Heafy.
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On September 15, 2018, they announced they were expecting twins.
In 2018, he had to exit Trivium’s tour due to his wife’s impending birth of the couple’s twins.
Matt said in a video message:
“I just had to fly back unexpectedly home to Orlando.”
Heafy went on to say:
”As you all know, my wife and I are expecting twins and as you also know, with pregnancy, there are no definitive answers on when things are happening – especially when it’s two.”
On November 11, 2018, his wife gave birth to son Akira Hiro and daughter Mia Kiyomi.
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Matt streams daily on his Twitch channel, named – ”matthewkheafy,” playing video games (especially Fortnite and Apes Legends).
He has more than 224,000 followers and over 2,800 subscribers.
On his Twitch account, he also does vocal warm-ups and guitar clinics as well as shows his Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes.
He has a younger sister who covers video game music on her YouTube channel.
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In 2015, he contributed to ”Metal Allegiance,” an American heavy metal supergroup that was formed on Long Island, NY, in 2014 by Mark Menghi.
In 2014, Matt contributed to DragonForce’s 6th studio album, called – ”Maximum Overload.” DragonForce is a British power metal band that released 1 live DVD, 1 compilation album, 2 live albums, and 7 studio albums.
Heafy made guest appearances in the music videos for:
- “Moving On” by Asking Alexandria, an English rock band, consisting of bassist Sam Bettley, drummer James Cassells, guitarists Cameron Liddell and Ben Bruce, and lead vocalist Danny Worsnop;
- “All I Want” by A Day to Remember, an American rock band that was founded in the spring of 2003 by drummer Bobby Scruggs and guitarist Tom Denney;
- “Aesthetics of Hate” by Machine Head, an American heavy metal band that has released 15 music videos, 13 singles, one video album, two live albums, and nine studio albums.
In 2016, he won the Metal Hammer “Golden God” award.
Matt does not speak Japanese fluently, but he has mastered some of the basic phrases which he uses during his concerts in Japan.
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His style was mostly influenced by bands such as:
- Anorexia Nervosa;
- Dark Funeral;
- Dimmu Borgir;
- Dark Tranquillity;
- Arch Enemy;
- Children of Bodom;
- In Flames;
- Poison the Well;
- Black Sabbath;
- Judas Priest;
- Dream Theater;
- Iron Maiden;
In 2006, at the Download Festival, when Korn’s lead vocalist Jonathan Davis fell ill, Matt handled vocals for the band Korn.
James Hetfield (Metallica frontman who was named the eighth greatest metal guitarist by Joel Mclver) was one of Matt’s major musical influences.
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Matt Heafy – Net Worth
Heafy earned most of his wealth from being the lead vocalist for Trivium.
In addition, Heafy streams daily on Twitch. On this platform, he has around 2,800 subscribers (around $7,000 in revenue per month).
Matt also has a YouTube channel with over 200,000 subscribers as well as over 380,000 followers on Instagram. Therefore, musician Matt Heafy has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
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