We are great! We’re reporting to you while we slam five-dollar foot longs at a Subway somewhere south of Atlanta. We’re on our way from Nashville to Florida to play some shows and do a showcase for college bookers. Just livin’ the dream!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Figured You Out”?
We usually co-write with each other and with outside writers, but this one is a rare solo write by Ben (guitar/vocals). The track has kind of a video game feel to it, which is no surprise since we’re all a bunch of gamer junkies.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
We were on tour headed to Okiboji, Iowa last year and had a friend with us who loves to freestyle to beats while we drive. Ben was working on a beat during the drive and actually wrote the lyrics of the first verse as a rap. That’s how the song started, but since the poor guy can’t rap it evolved into the melody you hear on the single.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! We’re super excited for it to drop on February 15th! We shot it in VR. We’ve been experimenting a lot with that lately. There are so many possibilities with VR video.
The single came out on the heels of your new EP Them – what’s the story behind the title of the EP?
We had a little downtime while we were waiting for the mix of “Figured You Out” to get finished, so we challenged ourselves to take a few covers that influenced us, strip them back, and record them as if we’d written them ourselves. We called it Them as a nod to the original artists. We did a CD version of it to send to college radio stations with a couple original songs on it. We called that version Them + Us.
How was the recording and writing process?
All the writing had been done before the project started, but the recording was a blast! Ben would usually start laying down guitar or vocal melodies to build a starting point and then the other guys would come in and add their ideas, play the parts, get the gang vocals, and then we would all look at each other and say “where did this cool track come from?” It was a totally new and awesome creation process for us!
How U2 has influence your writing?
We are surprised U2 isn’t a band of brothers like us. The way they write and the themes and content in the songs are such a huge connecting point with us. We recorded “With Or Without You” for the EP and put a choir of 4th and 5th graders on it. We shot a fun video for it with them and even did a release party at their school. It’s like our anthem!
What role does Nashville play in your music?
The songwriters are incredibly inspiring. They work harder than anyone we know and have a passion for music that is unlike other places we have been! Guys like Zac Maloy, Brock Berryhill, Terry Sawchuk, Robert Ellis Orrall, and several others took a chance on us, not having a clue who we were. These guys have had songs cut by Twentyone Pilots, Halestorm, Daughtry, Taylor Swift, Alanis Morrisette, and so many more! We can’t thank them enough for teaching us so much and writing with us!
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
We try to write about our own life experiences! It’s easier to write about things you think you know about!
Any plans to hit the road?
We play live every chance we get. We’re working with an agent now to start playing more colleges, but we’ve been on the road since we were kids. We still make frequent trips from Nashville to Florida to see our friends and family in Key West. We built a fan base there by playing places like Sloppy Joe’s, Schooner Wharf, and Sunset Pier for several years when we lived there. Being able to go back and play those places is what makes it possible for us to live in Nashville and write our own music! Thank you Key West!!!
What else is happening next in Fuel on Fire’s world?
More music! We are writing and recording with many different people in Nashville and can’t wait to share this crazy music with the world! We just finished writing and recording some new tracks with Zac Maloy producing. People will remember Zac from his band The Nixons. Having traveled the journey we’re on himself, he’s been a great mentor to us. We can’t wait to get it finished.