Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Matt Sorum: Performing is always my biggest rush. The energy is boundless from a great crowd. I truly believe in energy as a force that is exchanged, especially in a performance situation. You give your utmost and the audience gives it back tenfold. Creating music, visual art, producing music and film are always at the forefront of my life. Everything great that has come into my life has been through channeling and manifestation of a vision or dream. Pure passion equals love.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

MS: Cruelty towards animals and child abuse. I wish there was more I could do. I try to spread positive messages through my social media.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

MS: Have compassion towards each other, including animals. Love and respect every living being on this planet—a key factor to a greater society.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

MS: I write songs. I guess what they say is true: with every heartache comes a great song. I also pray and have great friends.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

MS: I have removed a lot of negative influence in my life and try to surround myself with positive people. I have a much more simple life than the old days.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

MS: I’ve had so many, but the more I’ve walked through tough times, the stronger I’ve become. I truly believe anything is possible if you fully manifest it. I’ve been to the top and I believe I’ve been to the bottom as well. Respecting yourself is key — physically and mentally. It’s OK to take care of yourself.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

MS: You have to take chances.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

MS: I released my solo album, Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy, in March. The video to my first video, The Sea, premiered on Vevo, and I have three more coming. I also formed my new supergroup, Kings of Chaos, a premiere rock outfit with some of the biggest names in rock music. Produced my wife’s debut album, Ace Is High, coming soon. I have been working on my charity, Adopt the Arts, and being ambassador to Animals Asia and Dolphin Project.


Matt Sorum, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, has manned the drums for Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, and The Cult. His solo album, Stratosphere, was released under the moniker Matt Sorum’s Fierce Joy, which represents Matt’s insatiable fire to build positive things on and off the stage.


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