Interviews: Fire Glass

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Nu-Metal band Fire Glass 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? 

CJ: The band was named Fire Glass before I came along. 

Matt: The name came from our former Guitarist Geoff Franchie. When we started we were trying to think of a name for weeks and it just stuck to us. LOL, but like what Havoc said "Fire" represented the aggressive passion and intensity that is lyrically given by our rapper and lyricist "Break." While "Glass" represents the cut deep emotion and euphoric feel that "Vice" vocalizes and growls.

Break: The band was named Fire Glass before I had join the band. 

Gabe: Prior to my joining I believe I had originally asked the same question (Ironically haha) So to my understanding the name was a pick and choose name at first. As the member lineup changed I think the name took on a deeper meaning where "Fire" represented the aggressive passion and intensity that is lyrically given by our rapper and lyricist "Break." While "Glass" represents the cut deep emotion and euphoric feel that "Vice" vocalizes and growls.

Andrew: I was the last person to join the band, it was already named when I came in. 

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

CJ: Nu-Metal is unique. There’s only a handful of bands who’ve really capitalized on the sound between Rock & Rap; all of which we respect – Linkin Park, Rage Against the Machine, Papa Roach (sure), POD, and the newer From Ashes to New (among others I can’t think of right on the spot). Moreover, none of these bands listed dive deep in the hip-hop sound with the rap vocals so I think that’s a key factor that sets us apart. 

Matt: I always loved the NuMetal from Korn, Deftones, Nonpoint, P.O.D., and yes even Limp Bizkit. Just the Rap with Metal music you really don't see it as much.

Break: Being the rapper of the band we didn't have a choice. All I do is rap and nothing else.

Gabe: To be completely honest I never really wanted to play a specific genre. I have a broad range of musical taste but I'd have to say my preferred genre is progressive rock/metal.

Andrew: The Nu Metal style genre was something that we all listened to and enjoy, and it isn't super prevalent around Tucson. We wanted to be different from scene here. We felt combining Rock and Rap would give us an edge and stand out over the scene here. 

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

CJ: I knew Matt, the bass player, when I was in high school. I had a class with the former guitarist and eventually ended up ‘doing lights’ (pressing buttons that make lights turn on and off) for a year or so; left and maybe a year later, Matt hit me up again to start playing guitar. 

Matt: Actually i'm the only original member of the band. Fire Glass was around for 3 yrs prior to the members now. I met Havoc when we played out in L.A. when he was in a band out there, and found out when he moved back to Tucson he accepted to play and brought a unique sound to the band. Slade use to do lights for the band, then when we lost our guitarist I reached out to him to play and he has been killing it ever since with his melody's and amazing guitar work. Break I met at work when he was a temp. Found out he was a rapper and approached him to join. Vice was found by Havoc. Me and Havoc liked the way he sounded then brought him in and as a whole band we transformed a new style and been turning heads left and right.

Break: No the band was formed 4 years prior to me and vice joining on but I use to be a temp at the company that Matt works for and that's how I met him and the band.

Gabe: No I actually joined a bit after the original lineup. But with the current members, I knew Matt and CJ Slade, met "Break" from a older collaboration on a song .After that I got in contact with "Vice."

Andrew: I didn't know the other guys before I joined the band. Our drummer hand reached out to me after someone who knows me showed him a Craigslist ad I had posted looking for a band to join. 

4. Each band member favourite band? 

CJ: Avenged Sevenfold has been my favorite since I was 10, but since then I’d have to add Periphery, Tesseract and Chon on the list; all 3 of those bands I discovered from our drummer, Gabe. 

Matt: Man you will have a list! Korn, Deftones, Nonpoint, P.O.D, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Slipknot, ThrowDown, Nothing More, From Ashes to New, Linkin Park, Kill Your Name, Life Hates Me, and the list goes on.

Break: System Of A Down

Gabe: This is always a great question haha. Well considering how mind boggling hard it is to name just one band when there literally tons of them I'll go ahead name my top 5. Animals as Leaders, Haken, TesseracT, Periphery, Dream Theater. 

Andrew: Favorite and is a tough question to answer, but I would have to say A day to remember. 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

CJ: There are few words that can describe listening back to a song you wrote several years before and struggled to get that thing recorded, and then recorded properly and then recorded with quality and finally again because you can’t stand imperfection. That’s a true story: What’s Done is Done was recorded 4 times before we released it. Once you hear the final product, though, the answer is self-evident: inspiration for writing music almost never comes on the front-end of writing; it’s just trudging through the race to the finish line and when you’re done you just keep running marathons because it’s fulfilling. That’s my final answer: fulfillment inspires me to keep writing. 

Matt: For me is my band mates. They always push me to be better and to go outside my comfort zone. I'm not the strongest writer at all, I know Slade and Havoc always challenge me to do better.

Break: My family and life (life experiences)

Gabe: Everything.... literally

Andrew: I was inspired to write by my love of metal and music in general. Music was always the one constant that helped me in my lowest times and I wanted to give back, to write music that helps other people the way music helped me. 

6. Where was your last gig? 

CJ: The night before writing this, we played a show in Flagstaff, Arizona at the Green Room. The previous vi. two nights we played Tucson at Club XS & The Rialto. 

Matt: We played a show in Flagstaff, Arizona at the Green Room. The previous two nights we played Tucson at Club XS & The Rialto.

Break: It was in Flagstaff opening up for crazy town and Lethal Injektion

Gabe: Last gig Fire Glass played at was at The Green Room in Flagstaff, Arizona

Andrew: Our last gig was at 191 toole (formerly Scrappys) here in Tucson. It was the last show of 2018 for us. It was a fun show. Pretty good crowd and good response to our music. 

7. Where would you like to act? 

CJ: I’m not sure I’ve got a specific place I want to perform. 

Matt: I would like to act in a music video, or do a voice in Rick or Morty as a character. 

Break: The world 

Gabe: No specifics but I would love to play at huge festivals in front of hundreds of thousands of people.

Andrew: I want to act in a music video, be it one of ours or another bands.

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

CJ: Jeez, that’s a hard one. Any of the 4 favorite bands mentioned above would make the list. Throw Steve Vai in there for a crazy guitar-duo. 

Matt: I would like to be featured with Nothing More! Played a show with them and they were such great people and amazing. 

Break: Kendrick Lamar, J-Cole, Andre 3000, Emeniem

Gabe: Well we have opened for Haken prior (I would really really love to open for them again!) I would absolutely love to open for any of my top 5 bands.

Andrew: I would love to feature with A Day to Remember or Breaking Benjamin

9. Whom not? 

CJ: Had a bad experience playing with Trapt (you know, they made that Headstrong song). Wouldn’t necessarily turn down playing with them again but they were just unprofessional. 

Matt: Trapt. Had a bad experience with them and they were extremely rude to the venue crew and all the local bands.

Break: ALL MUMBLE RAPPERS AND DRAKE. I won't feature with anybody if they don't write their own lyrics. 

Gabe: Definitely not Trapt again. Extremely unprofessional band. 

Andrew: There really isn't anyone I personally wouldn't want to feature with. If another artist acks you to feature on a song, I look at it as a sign of respect and admiration. 

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

CJ: Every time before getting on stage. Stop being a bitch; everyone in the crowd is jealous they can’t get over their stage fright either. 

Matt: I always have stage fright till I hit that first note then it all goes away. My Tip is just go up and have fun.  

Break: I've have not suffered from stage fright, I use to be a B-Boy in high school and the tip is don't think about it just do it. If you practice long enough you know what you have to do so just do it like nike. Don't over think. Mind over matter.

Gabe: I always have stage fright. The feeling never goes away, but over experience you learn to cope with the emotion and use it as a beneficial enhancement. I mean the only way to over come something is to tackle it head on. At least that what I've learned haha.

Andrew: I used to suffer from pretty bad stage fright when I 1st started playing in bands. It used to almost make me physically ill. A good tip to get over it, at least what helps me, close your eyes right before the 1st song, take a deep breath and when the music starts just let it take you over. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

CJ: See list of favorite bands above. 

Matt: The bands that have inspired me is Korn and Nothing More. Korn due to the history they went through and they are still playing. Nothing More due to they never gave up and have played to empty rooms then one day they are big and still humble.

Break: System Of A Down and the reason is because before them, I would not listen to rock metal music.

Gabe: Bands that know how to be unique and push the boundaries of expectations of music. I love being caught off guard with great bands.

Andrew: I have been inspired by many bands throughout the years leading me to finding my place in a band but my biggest inspiration was a band called For All Those Sleeping. They put out a record right around the lowest point in my life and it provided me the outlet I needed to get things together. I want to make music that has that same impact on someone. 

12. Whats the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

CJ: I don’t think I can mention that here. 

Matt: I have had a fan buy my shirt right off my back in Abilene Texas. I just got off stage and she really want my shirt. So I sold it to her and signed it!! 

Break: Nothing to me but a fan did ask to buy Matt my bass player's hat and shirt right off his back after a performance on tour.

Gabe: A punch in literally haha! My first show with Fire Glass I was asked by a fan if they could throw in a good punch and I accepted as long as they bought something from our merchandise table after. Long story short, I took two hits to the face instead of one haha!

Andrew: I don't really get asked anything weird from fans, I get people who ask me for tips on how to improve on vocals which is pretty awesome. 

13. What do you think of your fans? 

CJ: Love the fans. To see them enjoy the music is a amazing feeling. 

Matt: Love the Fans. To hear people sing our songs and come to a show cause they heard we were going to be there is an amazing feeling. 

Break: They're the best, with out them we can't progress.

Gabe: Without our fans, there cannot be a Fire Glass band. Our Fire Glass Nation is what thrives us to be more, I love every single one of our fans and haters!

Andrew: Our fans are very important to us. I love interacting with them. It shows me that we are having the right impact on people. When they sing my lyrics back to me, no better feeling in the world. 

14. What do you think of our site?

CJ: It's really good and like what you do to help support bands.

Matt: Love the site. I love you are reaching out to bands to help them get exposure. 

Break: Love what you guys do and all the support you give to local bands. Just like the fans with out you guys we can't progress so thank you.

Gabe: Superb! I really like the band features on site! It really gives little known bands a chance to show who they are.

Andrew: Love the website! The layout is awesome, very pleasing to the eye. 

15. Something to add?

Matt: For all the bands starting out, It's not easy but keep pushing and never give up.

Andrew: The road we walk as musicians is not an easy one so to everyone who reads this, comes to a show, or sang with me, your support means the world to me. I love each and everyone of you and I hope my band and my lyrics are able to provide an outlet for crap in your life, even if only for a moment.

Gabe: Most definitely pod casts! Would be awesome to have recordings of bands speak about their endeavors! Thank you so much to Breathing The Core for having us! 

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