Matt Hires is a singer/songwriter from Tampa, Florida whose upbeat new song, "Restless Heart" has everything you need when you're feeling a little, well, restless. Hires brings a folk-rock sensibility to his acoustic brand of pop that is reminiscent of Mumford & Sons and Phillip Phillips, but his artistry might be more akin to that of John Mayer and Jason Mraz, who he has often been compared to.
Hires' second album is due out in the fall, which he is excited about because he feels like he's grown a lot since he released his first album in 2009. "I like that record, but I feel like I’ve matured a lot as a song writer since then," Matt tells iHeartRadio. "[On the new album] the songs are just better in my, in my opinion."
Get to know Matt by discovering some of his most favorite things.
Favorite thing about Florida:
I love the beach and being close to that and stuff. Not that I really go to the beach that much anymore … But I like knowing it’s there. , it’s an option where I can go to the beach and I’m not landlocked.
Favorite midnight snack:
Oh, man. I make up crazy midnight snacks because usually I don’t keep a lot of actual snacks around my house. I'll do barbecue toast, where I just make toast and spread barbecue sauce on it. It’s pretty good. And I mix ranch and buffalo sauce and dip carrots in it... and pickles.
Favorite person to stalk on Twitter:
Favorite bad decision to make at 2:00 am:
There would be scotch involved.
Favorite thing to do when feeling restless:
Take my dog for a walk. He’s a labradoodle - he's pretty awesome. His name’s Luke Skywalker Hires.
Favorite mode of transportation:
I’ve been fortunate enough to, on some tours, to be able to ride on the tour bus with the headlining act. I’m not quite to bus status yet. So usually I am in a white van, which is fine. But the bus is pretty sweet.
Favorite chain restaurant to eat at on the road:
We actually ended up at Chili’s a couple times. You can’t really beat Chili’s chips and salsa and two for one beers.
Favorite place to wake up:
I always like
Favorite time of day:
It’s probably around midnight. Most musicians are - most musicians I know at least - are night owls.
Mars. Because, well, the Mars rover that went up there recently... being able to see it and stuff. Pretty, pretty cool.
Favorite trend in facial hair:
Probably would be a mustache if I could grow one, but it’s pretty thin up here, so I can’t really... this is as good as I can do. I wish I could grow a big, huge beard, but I don’t have the capabilities. Once - funny story - I was house sitting for some friends. I’m not going to say any names (laughing), but in the shower, there was some hair energizing shampoo for balding, so I tried it on my face. I was like 15 at the time, so maybe it helped. I don’t know.
Favorite way to let a girl know you’re interested:
My wife actually makes fun of me because I kind of asked her on our first date over AOL instant messenger. It worked out.
Favorite thing about being in love:
Just having that connection with somebody else. The feeling of knowing that they love you back is my favorite thing.
Favorite perk of being a musician:
I know a lot of other musicians now and have friends who play a lot of shows... being able to go see them play and get on the guest list all the time.
Photos by Shelby Case