Interviews: Bright Fires

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Post-Hardcore band Bright Fires  from USA. 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? 

Coming up with a band name (that everyone agreed upon) was probably the most difficult part of our career so far. We had a list of possibilities that we kept chipping away at, until we had just a few left. Bright Fires ended up being the one we chose. We do not have a specific meaning behind it, but leave it up to the listener to decide their own personal meaning. 

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

The first phase of the band actually began as a metalcore project. With different member changes, the musical style evolved. We try not to overthink being a particular musical style, genre, etc. We all come from different musical backgrounds, so we like having the freedom to create ideas without limitations. 

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

Not really. CJ (guitar) and Jeff (bass) met through mutual friends and were part of the early lineups. Joel (vocals) and David (drums) were both found online and helped bring about the current musical style.

4. Each band member favourite band? 

Too hard to pick just one, so here's a top 3:

Joel- Deftones, Jimmy Eat World, Third Eye Blind
Jeff- Saosin, We Came As Romans, Parkway Drive
David- This Will Destroy You, Capstan, Julien Baker
CJ- Muse, Deftones, Led Zeppelin

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

Sometimes ideas just pop up out of nowhere. Other times, they might be inspired by a life event or even another artist's work. We try not to force anything and let things develop naturally.

6. Where was your last gig? 

We just played a Halloween/horror festival called Houston Screamfest. It has multiple "haunted houses" and even a zombie paintball shooting range. We decided to dress up in costumes for the performance. Was definitely a fun show (but hot since it is still over 80 degrees in Texas).

7. Where would you like to play? 

We like to keep our goals realistic. For now, we are hoping to build our home fanbase, so that we can play the bigger venues in our area, and get some interest from larger bands touring through town who may need a local opener.

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

Jeff: Dave Stephens from We Came As Romans
Joel: Aaron Marsh from Copeland 
CJ: Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters
David: Adam Lazarra from Taking Back Sunday

9. Whom not? 

We try to respect other people's art, even if it is not what we are into. That being said, someone would have to fit into what we were hoping to convey in a song to be featured. 

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

All of us do to an extent. Once we start playing, it usually subsides. Our advice is to always remember that the crowd is there to see you perform. They would not have shown up if they did not like your music or want to hear you. Learn to focus on your music and zone everyone else out.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

We each have different inspirations. They range from classic rock, to metal, to chill acoustic stuff.  Here's a couple: Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, Underoath, The Early November, Pink Floyd, Lamb of God

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

We were all pretty shocked when fans started asking us for our autographs. The first time it happened, we had to borrow a sharpie from the band Secrets when we opened for them.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

So far the response to our music has been great.  It is crazy to us, that we have fans all around the world, who actually like something we have created. It’s a great feeling to have people who genuinely like your band and your music. It validates all the time and work we spend creating music.

14. What do you think of our site?

Music needs to be supported, and because of websites like yours, a lot of new talented bands can get the exposure they deserve.

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