Interviews: Fortune Teller

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Pop Punk band Fortune Teller from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

It didn't come out of nowhere, but it was fairly easy to land on the name. We're big fans of fellow Welsh pop-punk pioneers Neck Deep, and it'll come as no surprise that their music influenced us in a big way as a band. I was sitting listening to their album 'Wishful Thinking' one evening, and I absolutely love the artwork for that album, Zoltar from the movie BIG. Iconic. It just sort of stemmed from that, really. It sounded catchy, allowed us to pay homage to our influences, and will hopefully become a household name of its own in the future. Who knows? Perhaps we'd better see a Fortune Teller?

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We all grew up listening to pop-punk icons like Blink 182, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, etc. Those bands have paved the way for a majority of the bands that we listen to today. So, to play and write in this style just comes naturally to us.

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

Luke, Lee, and Aaron have all known each other throughout school, and Josh and Lee had played together in a previous band. When Luke, Lee, and Josh formed Fortune Teller and were looking for the band's other members, Aaron was an obvious choice for lead guitar. Mason had no prior connections to the other members and auditioned for the band online. However, he has become a crucial piece of the puzzle and has just fit right in. You wouldn't know that we've not been friends since childhood.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Lee: Blink-182

Aaron: Black Stone Cherry

Luke: Arm's Length

Mason: Neck Deep

Josh: Sum 41

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

As a collective, there are probably too many things to list as we pull inspiration from so many different areas. Still, if we had to pick a few, it would probably be our friends, our family, bands, and musicians (both past and present), and our individual experiences.

6. Where was your last gig?

Shortly after coming back from the studio and while putting the final touches on the EP, we simultaneously got to work on our live show and are preparing our set as we speak for a slew of upcoming live performances.

7. Where would you like to play?

A plethora of different venues, festivals, support slots, and arenas if that's ever possible. We're hoping to build on our fan base to eventually be able to headline a show of our own.

8. Who would you like to support?

In an ideal scenario, an opportunity to support any of our influences would be something that would truly leave us speechless and something we would not hesitate to seize an opportunity to do. But in honesty, any bands that are in the scene are compatible with the sound we are trying to push and the audience we are trying to capture.

9. Who not?

We are open to any great opportunities that come our way. It’s not about bands we wouldn’t want to work with, but more about taking the right opportunities to further push the band in a direction that is beneficial for everyone.

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

"It’s natural to be nervous before playing live so many questions and scenarios you torture yourself with before playing. But as long as you have faith in what you’re doing and you love what you are doing, everything will work out just fine." 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Knuckle Puck, The Story So Far, Blink-182, New Found Glory, Neck Deep, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, etc.

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

Thankfully, no one has asked for anything weird; nothing comes to mind anyway, but I’m sure we will have our fair share in the future.

13. What do you think of your fans?

The support we have received so far has been absolutely incredible. We honestly didn't expect such an overwhelming amount of positivity to surround the band and the release of our EP "Premonitions". We are super thankful to have such a loyal and passionate fan base.

14. What do you think of our site?

It's great that you're giving up-and-coming bands from around the world a voice on your platform. Sites like these are vital and a massive part of our ever-growing industry. It's been an absolute pleasure for us to feature on.

15. Something to add?

Check us out on our social media pages via the links below, and thanks again to Breathing The Core for the interview. 

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