LLTM: How was the band’s name “Facing Fire” created?
Tony : We were thinking about names and “Facing Fire” came up. To me, it meant confronting your fears and fighting your battles. Everyone has them and, at some point, you must face them.
Scott: I think it was one of those names that meant a little something different to each of us, just like we feel it does to our fans. Ultimately, I think it has that feeling of overcoming whatever battles you are dealing with.
LLTM: What has been the response on your single, “Dying Inside”?
Tony: We have received an incredible amount of truly great compliments from people. It was the first song we wrote when we put the band together and to watch it come to life from recording it in the studio in Nashville, TN to the music video we shot for it – https://youtu.be/rRinP3N8teM to hearing it play on the radio stations across the country.
Scott: Amazing! We honestly didn’t know what to expect from people when we put the single out. Instantly there was nothing but love and support. The message seemed to really resonate with people. For us as musicians and songwriters, it’s all we could ever ask for.
LLTM: Was “Dying Inside” lyrics written from any certain personal experience?
Scott: Everything I write comes from a personal experience. It may be something that I watched someone go through or something I went through myself. For “Dying Inside” it was a little bit of both. We get caught up in so ma,y situations in our lives that literally take over the important things. In our hometown drugs and alcohol has ruined so many families. I wrote these lyrics drawing from my personal experience with the issue. Overall, I think it was a message that basically said it isn’t to late.
LLTM: Who have your fans compared you to, and do you agree?
Tony: Well, so far, we just have the one single out in the public… but we have heard comparisons from Three Days Grace to Linkin Park… and can see where they see that a little bit. I personally think we sound like our own thing. I mean, we’re not reinventing the wheel or anything, here. We’re just writing what we feel. If that draws comparisons to other bands, that’s great. Hopefully, the EP that we are releasing will help to round out the sound of the band and people will get a better picture of the type of band that Facing Fire is.
Scott: Yeah, so far it has seemed to be Three Days Grace and heavier style Linkin Park. I don’t really know why that is the comparison but we embrace it. I think the comparisons will start to take shape once people hear more of our music. Honestly, we have so many different influences and I like to think that they all come through our music in some way. We definitely want to be own band but if things we love find their way to influence our music then I’m good with that.
LLTM: If you could claim one song as your own, which one would it be and why?
Scott: Music is art to us so I think to try and claim what someone put their heart into is hard. Music comes from such a personal place in most in most musicians. I feel I couldn’t write their song and I don’t think they could write ours.
LLTM: How do you seem to overcome self-doubt in the music industry?
Tony: Well, Scott and I have been doing this stuff for a while. We’ve been in a few different bands together… and we’ve made some great decisions along the way… and a couple not-so-great decisions, too. But we own those decisions and roll with the consequences. With Facing Fire, we’re just doing everything we can to put our best foot forward- to make every song the best we can make it, to make every show count whether we’re playing for 5000 people or five people. There’s no room for doubt, so we talk things out… sometimes, we talk things out a lot. We may not always agree 100% with each other, but we always work it out to something we both are happy with and believe will help the band move forward… and that’s what it’s all about, in the end- the success of the band.
Scott: I think to be successful in the industry you just have to put it out of your mind. This business is all about rejection. We lay our heart out there for people to see and you always have those people that don’t understand it and try to bash it. The band has to be like family. You have to be there for each other. If you start doubting yourself it becomes really hard to be open and honest in your music.
LLTM: As a musician, what is the most important thing to you?
Tony: When I started playing guitar, I wanted to be a “shredder.” I wanted to cram as many notes into a guitar solo as I possibly could. It was fun, it got me noticed… Nowadays, I barely ever write a solo into a song. I’m more concerned with crafting a song that grabs the listener’s ear and gets their heads bobbing and then letting Scott write the lyrics that pull them in and gets them singing along.
Scott: To create music that people can relate to and allows me to have an outlet for things I can relate to.
LLTM: If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why?
Tony: The possibilities are endless, here… but if i had to pick one character, I would pick Calvin from Bill Watterson’s “Calvin & Hobbes” comic strip. Calvin was the best, had the best imagination a child could possibly have, was a complete smartass, and had an imaginary cat for a best friend. He was never afraid to call anyone out on their bullshit and saw the world for the truly incredible place that it is.
Scott: Hmmm it’s not really a character but i will go with one of the Voltron guys. I love the concept that they are stronger when they come together. I think in this situation it relates well!
LLTM: Has there been any funny moments while on tour or during a show?
Scott: Looking back there are many from stories. Sleeping in our car one night in Nashville because of no hotel rooms due to the NCAA tournament is definitely a funny moment, not so much at the time. haha
LLTM: When can the fans except Facing Fire’s newest EP to be released?
Tony: We’re working with our label, Pavement Entertainment, on that as we speak. It should hopefully be available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music, ect. soon.
LLTM: What does the touring schedule look like for the remainder of 2017 and early 2018?
Tony: We are working to set up some shows around the country in the next few months. There have been some opportunities presented to us for some touring with a couple different bands, but we are going to stay quiet on that until we can talk more about it.
For more info on Facing Fire from tours, music, merch and more please visit http://www.facingfire.com
Peace, Love and Music