Matthew "Matt" Ryan Hoopes is an American musician, guitarist, singer, and songwriter, most known as the lead guitarist of Relient K. Hoopes has played lead guitar and provided backing vocals for Relient K since 1998 and is one of two constant members of the band, the other being lead vocalist Matt Thiessen.

Matthew Hoopes
Matthew Hoopes performing with Relient K in 2008
Matthew Hoopes performing with Relient K in 2008
Background information
Birth nameMatthew Ryan Hoopes
Also known asBlanche
Born (1981-02-15) February 15, 1981 (age 40)
OriginCanton, Ohio, U.S.
GenresChristian alternative rock, pop punk
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1998–present
Associated actsRelient K

BiographyEdit

Along with Matt Thiessen and Brian Pittman, Hoopes co-founded the band during his junior year of high school at Canton McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio. He met Thiessen when they were in the Church choir together in second grade. Matt Thiessen once said in the book The Complex Infrastructure Known as the Female Mind that Hoopes and Brian Pittman were the athletes in high school, and while they were friends with Thiessen, they were also probably considered cooler than Thiessen. While lead singer Matt Thiessen writes almost every song, Hoopes wrote the songs "Those Words Are Not Enough", "Don't Blink", "You'll Always Be My Best Friend", and "Candlelight". Marilyn Manson, also a native of Canton, is subject of their song "My Girlfriend" although they are not acquainted.

 
Hoopes performing with Relient K in 2006

Relient K was named after Hoopes' car, the Plymouth Reliant K. When they started in 1998, Hoopes originally did not want to do any singing in the band. However, Matt Thiessen pushed him to do it, saying that he had a great voice. Hoopes has been the primary backing vocalist for the band ever since.

Besides playing for Relient K, Hoopes has also done backup vocals for certain Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes songs, and has been a guest guitarist at concerts for the band My Red Hot Nightmare. Hoopes has said he is currently learning to play lapsteel, which would probably be used for the band.

While the band refers to him as "Blanche" to keep from confusing the two Matts,[1] some fans refer to him as "Matty H", or just "Hoopes". Matt Thiessen has said that they can either usually tell who is being asked for when someone says "Matt", or they tend to use a lot of last names.

Matt Hoopes normally plays his guitar in one position (as seen in the picture on the left), so much so that certain fans have called it the "Classic Hoopes Stance".[citation needed] He has said he enjoys root beer and playing golf.

For several months in 2010, Matt Hoopes did not travel with Relient K. However, he remained very active as a team member and band-mate. He still practiced with the band and managed their record label, Mono Vs Stereo. He produced Deas Vail for the Mono vs Stereo label.[2]

Hoopes resumed touring with Relient K in May 2011, as he performed with the band for their acoustic concerts before the Vans Warped Tour.

Personal lifeEdit

Hoopes was married but is now divorced.[3]

In May 2017, Hoopes announced through Instagram that he was now married by posting a picture of his wife with the caption Wifewatch, and she confirmed by changing her last name on Instagram to Hoopes.[4][non-primary source needed][5][non-primary source needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Contend 4 The Faith: Interview with Relient K Archived July 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 3, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "4. Matt Hoopes speaks about going through a divorce". Archived from the original on December 13, 2021.
  4. ^ "Wifewatch". Archived from the original on December 24, 2021.
  5. ^ "So..." Archived from the original on December 24, 2021.