Just to get started, what kinds of music did you all listen to when you were growing up?
We all have such a huge range of music we listened to growing up, you would have to ask each one of us that question for everyone's individual answer but all of us grew up listening to rock and metal, Matt listened to more rap than any of us, and I think Branden listened to more electronic/ trap music then the rest of us. I personally was more influenced by Alexisonfire, 36 Crazy Fists, Glassjaw, and Sevendust each singer just has their own distinct style and so much character in their vocal approach. Dallas Green sings with such emotion, Brock Lindow and Daryl Palumbo have this great fluctuation in their voice and Lajon Witherspoon has this soulful power. But really we all listened and still listen to all different genres of music.
What inspired you guys to start a band in the first place and, specifically, how did you decide what sort of genre of music you all wanted to make?
This band is only about two and half years old but we all have been playing music in bands for years, probably since middle school and we are all now in our late 20s, so we have been at this for awhile now. But I think what inspired me to start my first band, what started me off in the first place was I just like to create, whether it's music or one of my art pieces, I just want to create something and invoke emotion. Another contributing factor is that it doesn't matter if it's singing, if it's my digital art, painting or drawing, it gives me an outlet that I wouldn't normally have other wise. I don't connect with people or communicate my emotions very well, I have depression and anxiety problems, I struggle with isolation issues so I can be rather shut off at times. Getting to put all these emotions into art form is the reason I started art and the reason I started music.
Were you all self taught musicians or have you taken formal music lessons?
I think most of us had some type of lessons growing up, some more then others. I started out playing bass then guitar, I took lessons for a little while on both but not very long. I never took a vocal lesson until recently, within the past year we have been touring more and more and my voice wasn't use to that and It started to take a toll on me. So I took a few vocal lessons and learned a few things and got myself strengthened up so I can continue to do this without hurting myself down the road.
I know you’ve all mentioned before that you wanted to write positive and uplifting music, so what made you to want to write music with such a specific message?
There's so much damage and negativity in this world already I don't think it needs anymore, I know I have enough of it in my life, I don't need anymore. I want to create something beautiful from the negative and the ugliness, not create more of it. I live with some pretty nasty demons in my head I don't need to be feeding them more negativity.
You guys have your debut full-length album, Day One, coming out soon, so how was the writing and recording process for Day One different than that of your previous EPs?
For Day One the whole process really wasn't any different than the previous EPs. We figured out what works best for us early on and we have just sticking to it. The only thing different is Day One is taking longer to release but it releases everywhere February 26th!!!
How can your fans expect Day One to sound, in comparison to your previous work?
You get an idea what it will sound like from our previous EP Downfall, Downfall is four tracks hand-picked from the upcoming album Day One. This is our first full length album so we didn't want to stray too far from our original sound. But we don't really sit down and force out what we want FATN to sound like, we just write what comes to us, and just try and write the best write that we can.
What is the best compliment you have ever been given, individually or as a band, and who gave it to you?
“That was a really awesome set " by numerous people, and that’s all we can ask for really lol
So I know you guys have a tour coming up, what is your favorite way to pass time when you’re on the road?
I spend most of my time going crazy and losing my mind! Lol idk I'm on Instagram a lot, lots of movie watching, drinking, drawing. Once in awhile we get to go sightseeing but usually there's not enough time.
Lastly, my favorite question to ask artists, what song other than one of your own do you think everyone should hear before they die?
Oh my god that is such a hard question! I'm so indecisive but I can't get enough of the song Blasphemy by Bring Me The Horizon right now.
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