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INTERVIEW: FADES

FADES are one of those rare independent acts that sound like they are already a major player in the musical game. Their sound is unique, well produced, and has the energy you would expect out of a child that just downed ten Red Bulls. Their EP is set to be released this March, and if you like great music, you will want to pick it up.

Ryan: Band names are often a very difficult decision, how did you come up with the name FADES?

FADES:Yeah making music is easy compared to coming up with a band name! We went through a few different ideas before settling on FADES. It comes in part from the QOTSA song ‘In The Fade’, which is a really special song to us but it’s also to do with how the music writing process feels. It’s all very hazy, full of doubts and insecurities. The direction isn’t clear to start with but everything just kind of fades into view and by the time you’re done with it you’re like: What the hell just happened? Did we write that?

Ryan: What is the story behind how the band came together?

FADES:It started out as just me and a solo project I was working on. I needed a band to perform live with so I asked a few friends I’d met playing around London. When we got in the rehearsal room, things immediately clicked. The music just had this new life and energy to it and we knew we were going to continue on as a fully-fledged band after that.

Ryan: Your songs are quite eclectic and diverse in their arrangements. Can you tell us a bit about your song writing process?

FADES:We treat each song like it’s a person with its own personality and mannerisms. For this EP, Alessandro and I worked on a large bulk of the songs’ melodies and arrangements before bringing them to the band. Then we jammed out the tracks in the rehearsal room and everyone brought in their ideas, parts and personalities into the mix. Things were changing up until the last moment. Tweaks were still being made while we were recording the tracks. Our producer, Massimo Rispoli, brought in some really crucial ideas as well. We can’t thank him enough for his patience and guidance. The EP wouldn’t have been nearly as good without his input.

Ryan: How would you describe your music to someone that has not heard it before?

FADES:I think you did a better job at describing our music than we could ever do: ‘like a child that has just downed ten Red Bulls’. That’s a good one! Seriously though, we like to mix aggression with beauty and melody. The best thing about rock is its attitude and ability to hit you right in the gut, but our music doesn’t just aim for the gut. It aims for the heart, the soul, the mind and any other part it can get its hands on.

Ryan: I enjoyed so many tracks off the album, especially your new single ‘Breaking Through The Walls’. Is there any particular song that stands out for the band on the EP, other than this single?

FADES:That’s great. We’re glad you enjoyed it so much. We love all the tracks but we are particularly proud of ‘Everybody Knows’. We were a little worried about it before going into the studio. It wasn’t quite ready. We tried so many different ideas and arrangements but it wasn’t quite working.  We decided to try and record it anyway and see how it came out. I don’t know how, but it just ended up coming together. We listened to it back and got goosebumps. I think it’s the best thing we’ve ever done.

Ryan: Is there a specific theme that is running through the album?

FADES:The EP is really about being in the moment. It captures where we were at the time. It’s really about us coming together and the excitement we felt about starting our journey together as a band.

Ryan: Where does the band gather inspiration from?

FADES:From everything. Literally everything. All of our collective experiences as musicians, human beings and absorbers of life comes out in the music. Recording this EP in Venice during the summer really affected the way we played and, in turn, the vibe of the music as a whole. It just has a lot of life, fun and energy to it, which I don’t think would’ve been there if we recorded it in London. London is great for a lot of things but sometimes you just have to get away from what you know and experience something new in order for the music to sound fresh. Our photographer, Chiara Melchior, came out with us to record a little documentary. In it you can really see the joy we got from just being out in a beautiful country with beautiful people. Of course the music we listen to has a massive impact as well and we were listening to a lot. Jeff Buckley, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, Kate Bush to name a few. It’s really impossible to name all the things that give us inspiration. One thing life isn’t short of is things that inspire.

Ryan: If you could collaborate with any other artist on a future project, who would you want to work with?

FADES:Thom Yorke is my all-time hero. I have so much respect for him as an artist and a person. I’d love to work with him one day or even just have a chat with him. We’d all probably give completely different answers though. Right now we’re pretty content on working with each other.

Ryan: At this point in your musical career, what are some of the band’s personal musical highlights?

FADES:We’ve only just started, so we’re at that stage where every step is a highlight. Supporting Nothing But Thieves was pretty special. We had only been together for a few months at that point and to be given the opportunity to support an established band in front of a sold out audience really gave us the buzz we needed to start things off.

Ryan: Do you have any advice to give any indie bands looking to put out their own record that has the production value of yours?

FADES:We were pretty lucky and had a lot of people willing to help us out during the making of this EP. I guess the best advice we could give would be to find people who are as passionate about your music as you are. Those people are going to give it the time and the dedication it deserves. Don’t accept any less than the very best for your music.

Ryan: Lastly, and thank you for your time. Do you have any news that you would like to tell your fans about?

FADES:It’s a pleasure. Well, there’s a lot coming up for us right now. The video for ‘Breaking Through The Walls’ has just been released and the reception for that has been great! Now we’re putting all our energy into making a fantastic EP Launch event. It’s going to be held at Proud Camden on the 10th March. We’re trying to do something special with it. We don’t want it to be an ordinary gig. We want it to be an experience that people will walk away from and say ‘well that was something else’. We’ve got two brilliant bands playing with us on the night: Rumors and Odd Rival. We’re really looking forward to it! The EP is due for worldwide release on the 11th March. It will be available on iTunes, Spotify and all that stuff. We’ve got the documentary to release as well. Then we’ve got a tour in the works and of course we’re always writing new material. It doesn’t end with the launch. We never stop.

by Ryan Donnelly

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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