Interviews: Familiar Spirit

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Progressive Metalcore band Familiar Spirit from UK. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that? 

Familiar Spirit was the intro track to our debut EP in our previous band – we feel as though it continues the legacy of our past projects, and it pays homage to the fans that have supported us from the beginning.

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

Each of us grew up listening to heavy music and the scene itself brought us together as both friends and musicians. Strictly speaking we are fans of music as a whole, but heavy music is a mutual crossover that has allowed us to express ourselves whilst pushing the boundaries of our ability with our eclectic influences.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

Yes, Gideon (drummer) and Cameron (vocalist) met playing local shows in their teens. We have always felt like we’ve bounced off of each other creatively and with the addition of Jacob (guitarist) and Tayte (bass), we’ve found what we believe to be the perfect balance for what we’re trying to achieve with Familiar Spirit.

4. Each band member favourite band? 

It would be hard for each of us to categorically pick a favourite band, as our interests span multiple genres and eras – but Linkin Park, London Grammar, We Came As Romans, My Ticket Home, and Hundredth are a small snapshot of where our tastes cross over.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

Music has the ability to evoke such powerful emotions, memories and pictures in a listener in a way that no other art form can – for Cameron as a lyricist it’s the opportunity to process and share with the world states of mind, body and soul which are near enough impossible to articulate otherwise.

6. Where was your last gig? 

UK Tech Metal Fest 2016

7. Where would you like to act? 

There are a lot of fantastic London venues it would be an incredible experience to play- Alexandra Palace, The Forum Kentish town, 02 Brixton, Koko etc.

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

To be involved with anybody that shares the same passion as we do would be a pleasure – hopefully across all genres and walks of life.

9. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?  

Remember that you are performing to music fans that simply love music! It’s okay to make some mistakes, people aren’t as harsh natured and quick to criticise as you might think.

10. What bands have inspired you the most? 

It would again be difficult to condense years of influence and ambition into a paragraph – bands and artists from across the globe have influenced us all to do different things at different points in time. More recently, however, 90s Nu Metal artists like Linkin Park and ambient artists like Tycho and Jeremy Soule have been major benefactors in creating the sound we have now.

11. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

Over time we’ve come to see there’s no bounds to what our fans will do to express their respect and love for the music. We’ve had fans buy multiple items of the same merch, paintings made for us, countless messages the really express how earnestly they are interested in what we do. We wouldn’t ever consider this weird – although its definitely mind blowing.

12. What do you think of your fans? 

They’re everything for us. The most humbling and satisfying part of all of this is the fan response. We take the time to read every comment and always attempt to reply to any messages as our fan interaction is what keeps us going.

13. What do you think of our site?

It’s satisfying to see there’s a global interest towards the music scene on all levels, and there’s a platform for artists to express themselves on a more conversational level – and to allow fans to engage with the artists more personally.

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