Cage the Elephant's Matt Shultz talks Grammys, stage-diving and more
There is an art to hurling yourself into a sea of screaming humans.
Look at Matt Shultz. The singer for Cage the Elephant is a live wire on stage, but never more so than when he takes a running leap into an audience that has come to expect it. He's not just a pro; he's one of the best.
"Not to get too philosophical — because it's really not that philosophical at all — but it's kind of like surfing," Shultz said in a call from his home in Nashville. "Like, actually surfing. You take the wave and kind of catch it when it comes."
Shultz's high-flying performances helped turn the shaggy Kentucky-bred, Nashville-based rockers into one of the most successful alternative acts of this decade. Since breaking out with their rusty 2008 single Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, the Kentucky rockers have notched seven No. 1 singles on Billboard's alternative songs chart. That's the sixth most of anyone in the chart's 30-year history, behind only the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Green Day, Foo Fighters and U2.
Cage the Elephant's live presence will be on display when the band headlines Day 1 of the Gasparilla Music Festival on Saturday. Click here for details.