Matt Shultz is an American musician, songwriter, and singer, who is best known for being the lead singer for the rock band Cage the Elephant.
Shultz was born on October 23, 1983, in the USA. He was raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Matt and his brother were called “Poor Boy” by children at their school.
Cage the Elephant
In 2006, he formed the rock band ”Cage the Elephant” with some of his high school friends. The band currently consists of:
- Jared Champion – drummer;
- Daniel Tichenor – bassist;
- Matthan Minster – keyboardist and guitarist;
- Nick Bockrath – lead guitarist;
- Brad Shultz – rhythm guitarist;
- Matt – lead vocalist.
On June 23, 2008, the band released its first studio album, titled- ”Cage the Elephant.” It was produced by Jay Joyce.
The third single from the album – “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” – reached number 3 on the Alternative Songs chart.
During an interview, Matt said about the album:
”One of the album’s overall topics, is actually about living in a time where you’re always analyzing people’s micro-movements or hints and actions just so that you know how to respond, or how to act around said people.”
On January 11, 2011, the band released its second album, called – ”Thank You Happy Birthday.” It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200. Also, the album sold more than 39,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release.
Alternative Press stated that ”Thank You Happy Birthday” was “an alarmingly good album.”
“Shake Me Down” is the first single on Cage the Elephant’s 2nd album. The music video for the song was nominated for the best rock video at the VMA.
The 2nd track on ”Thank You Happy Birthday” is titled – “Aberdeen,” and it was released as a single on September 15, 2011.
On October 8, 2013, the rock band released the third studio album, named – ”Melophobia.” It is the final album that features lead guitarist Lincoln Parish.
It was released through RCA Records and produced by Jay Joyce. The album was recorded at St. Charles in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2015, the album earned the rock band a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Melophobia sold around 18,000 copies in the US on its first week of release. It debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
In late 2015, Cage the Elephant released its 4th album, entitled – ”Tell Me I’m Pretty.” The album was produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.
Matt said about this album:
“With this record, we wanted to be more transparent.”
Shultz went on to say:
“We wanted to capture the sentiment of each song, and whatever emotional response it provoked, to be really honest to that.”
On October 29, 2015, Cage the Elephant released the 1st single from the album, titled – “Mess Around.”
In 2016, the album won the group their first-ever Grammy award for ”Best Rock Album.” On February 12, 2017, the album won Best Rock Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
On July 28, 2017, the group released another album, called – ”Unpeeled.”
The album features acoustic versions of the American rock band Cage the Elephant’s best-known songs, with the main musicians backed by strings and a choir on most of the songs. The album was recorded on tour.
It features the single “Whole Wide World.”
On April 19, 2019, Cage the Elephant released its 5th album, titled – ”Social Cues.”
The first single from the album is called – “Ready to Let Go.”
On November 20, 2019, the album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.
In 2014, Matt Shultz married Juliette Buchs, a French model who appeared in the music video for rock band Cage the Elephant’s song “Cigarette Daydreams.”
The two got divorced in 2018. After their divorce, Matt lived for almost a year in hotels between Los Angeles and New York. During an interview, Shultz confessed:
“It was pretty intense. Spent all my money, not that I had a bunch.”
Shultz is 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) tall.
“Things you think about – betrayal, murder, redemption, forgiveness, love, hate — evoke all these actions and words.”
“Stop to relax and get out of your own way.”
“One thing that stood out to me is that the presence of joy within sadness and grief.”
“Music is the vehicle to convey the message.”
“I don’t know what it’s like to act. [Laughs] But directing is fun.”
“I think the truth is just as scary as hell.”
“I think many people walk around with a sense of guilt just for existing.”
“There’s a saying, “bright sadness,” and with hope or any kind of release there’s an undercurrent of grief, but that’s a part of the joy.”
Matt was influenced by alternative rock band The Pixies.
He also admires:
- the Lizard Wizard;
- King Gizzard;
- Childish Gambino;
- Anderson .Paak;
- White Reaper;
- Twin Peaks.
Shultz once said about the American writer and artist Henry Darger’s drawings and paintings:
“Henry Darger’s artwork is really dark and inspiring. He’s an extremely troubled person.”
Matt Shultz – Net Worth
Cage the Elephant makes money from selling tickets to their concerts, sponsors, selling albums, and ads on their YouTube channel (that has over 388 million views). Therefore, Matt Shultz has an estimated net worth of $0.8 million.