Matt Pinfield: Sound, Sobriety and SuccessMatt Pinfield: Sound, Sobriety and Success

Art Alexakis

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Frontman of Everclear, A&R rep, and activist Art Alexakis shares his experience using substances starting from an early age, and how he recovered. He discusses a difficult childhood that led to a life of music, sobriety, and activism.


On this episode, Art talks to Matt about:

  • Growing up without a father in housing projects
  • Tragedies early on that affected his life
  • Getting involved with drugs from an early age
  • The variety of genres and artists that influenced him
  • What led to his recovery from drugs and the events that pushed him to stop drinking
  • Testifying in front of congress and his political activism
  • 30 years with Everclear and the influence of the band
  • Going back to school and becoming a sobriety coach
  • Finding community through sobriety
  • And More


This episode is sponsored by The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers – one of the oldest residential drug and alcohol rehab programs. ARC is a non-profit and was hit hard financially as a result of COVID. For more information, and to donate or sign up for their quarterly newsletter, visit

About Art Alexakis
Art is the singer-songwriter and guitarist of Everclear. He has been a member of several notable bands, in addition to his own work as a songwriter for other artists. Alexakis founded several record labels throughout his career and worked as an A&R representative for major record labels between and during his own musical projects. Later he became a political activist, and lobbied for special concerns which included drug awareness policies, and support of the families of the military.

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