He and his wife have a twin daughter and son. He also has a sister and two nieces.
MatthewKheafy started playing video games when he was very small, with two of his earliest being Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong. He continued being an avid gamer throughout his school career and even went to school dressed up as Zub-Zero from Mortal Kombat for Halloween when he was in third grade. As he got older he got into the Final Fantasy franchise and also played other games and then became more into fps games such as Call of Duty when he was in high school.
He started playing guitar when he was in grade school and his dad bought him a Gibson Les Paul, which he still uses for studio recordings. Aside from guitar, he also played tenor saxophone for a few years during middle school and high school, but soft around his junior year.
He first attempted to join a band when he was eleven years old and auditioned for Freshly Squeezed with a Blink-182 song. The band comprised of twelve and thirteen-year olds. After that, he started practicing his guitar more seriously, focusing mainly on Metallica’s music based on one of their CDs that he had borrowed from a friend.
His hard work paid off when he tried out and got into Trivium with For Whom the Bell Tolls when he was twelve. This was impressive considering that the other bandmembers were fifteen or sixteen. Furthermore, when the lead vocalist left, the drummer, Travis Smith, recommended that he take over as lead vocalist after they failed to find a new lead vocalist.
In 2003, they had their first opportunity to act as a support band in the Netherlands for three days. He then completed high school half a year early in 2004 in order to start college early. However, halfway into his first semester in April 2004, Trivium received an offer to do their first major tour in the US as one of the support bands for G-d Forbid and he wound up putting college on hold to take that opportunity after consulting with his parents, who encouraged him to go for it.
MatthewKheafy started uploading IRL videos to his YouTube channel in March 2017. He first learned about Twitch when he met with two Twitch associates when he and his band were in San Francisco. He was shown around the Twitch headquarters there and they helped him to stream the shows while he was there and also suggested that he try streaming his practice sessions. He was a little skeptical but decided to give it a go in May 2017. He soon moved on to streaming his PlayerUnknown’s Battleground content as well and has been streaming on Twitch during his off-tour sessions ever since.
According to his Twitch chat bot, MatthewKheafy has around 3,150 subscribers. Therefore, he should net a base monthly income of at least $7,875 USD. This excludes additional income that he receives from tiered subscriptions, tips, Twitch cheer bit contributions, advertising, merchandise sales, sponsorships, his team salary, and his music career.
He doesn’t have a set schedule, but tends to stream for at least 1½ hours every day.