Interview With Fatality

What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?

We formed in 2016. Myself, Gareth and our ex-drummer Chris had recently spilt from the other members of our previous band DMR. We decided to start a project that was a bit different and Fatality was born, then in summer 2017 we recruited Matt to play bass. Chris decided to leave the band due to personal reasons in the summer of 2019 so we held some auditions for a new drummer and finally gave Jordan the job in November. That completes the current Fatality lineup to date.

Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?

To be perfectly honest it’s been reasonably smooth for us. The only challenges we’ve really had have been recruiting new members. We started off as a 3 piece so we needed a bass player to play live and write new songs with us. Unfortunately our first bass player didn’t work out so we had to find someone new before the next string of shows were booked. That’s when Matt stepped up to the plate and really impressed us. When we recruited Jordan we didn’t have any shows booked so it wasn’t such a rush to get a new drummer. I can’t honestly think of any other major challenges we’ve faced as a band since we were formed.

What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?

Definitely our ‘Prey’ EP release show. We worked really hard and spent a hell of a lot of money and time on the production of the EP itself. We threw hours and hours of work into the organisation of the lead tour and when we did the final show in our hometown, all that work was paid off. We had a full house. There were friends, family and loads of fans in attendance and we raised a substantial amount for the mental health charity MIND in the process. It really was an amazing moment and we were all fulfilled at the end of what was a tiring and extensive project.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

A healthy mix of metal, nu-metal, grunge rap and heavy rock. And I guess whatever influence we’re feeling at the time.

What is your creative process like?

In our writing process we don’t like to have a specific algorithm that we have to stick to like some artists. We find that this can creatively stifle and make it very difficult to bring passion and emotion into the music due to the robotic nature of the plan to write. We just jam until we have a solid idea. Gareth will play a riff or Jordan will play a beat and we will just play around with ideas based on those original ideas until we have something we like. We then structure a song around that idea, I’ll write some lyrics and we’re away! We usually demo the track then listen back and analyse all the individual parts so we can refine bits and pieces and then it’s straight to recording.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

The people that use their position to take advantage of musicians and artists that are either inexperienced or naive. They can all disappear off the face of the earth. I don’t think I need to go into any gory details but I’m sure everyone that reads this will be in agreement. It happens all the way from the top to the bottom and it needs to stop.

If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?

Do your research, ask advice, learn from your mistakes. If someone offers you something that’s too good to be true then it probably is. Most importantly enjoy yourselves and your music.

What has been the best performance of your career so far?

Once again that would have to be our ‘Prey’ EP release show. I think knowing that the show was a payoff to 2 years of really hard work we just went balls out and absolutely killed it!

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?

For myself personally I don’t know. Maybe in a ditch somewhere. I’m an audio engineer by trade so if I wasn’t involved in music in some way I really don’t know what I would be doing. Music and the arts is literally my whole life and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?

We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing. We’re going to keep recording and releasing music every 6-8 weeks until we can play live again. We need to keep giving our audiences something new to listen to until they can also get their fix of live music and we need to keep ourselves going. We absolutely love writing music with each other and it really is our passion to keep doing it!

Our new track ‘Saviour’ is out on Friday 13th Nov and it will be available to stream everywhere. You can follow us on:

www.fatalitybanduk.co.uk

www.facebook.com/fatalitybanduk

@fatalitybanduk

fatalitybanduk.bandcamp.com

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