Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http:// petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
FF: Facing Fears stands for Modern Hard Rock. This may sound contradictory in many ears at first, but Facing Fears embodies exactly this balancing act, which combines the “good old days” with modern sound.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
FF: Facing Fears was founded in October 2015. The first EP “Chapter One” was produced and distributed independently in early 2016. After almost 40 shows in two and a half years, the production of the first longplayer was finally started. With Aljoscha Sieg (Pitchback Studios) the right producer was found for the realisation of the record and with “Horizons” the next coup of Facing Fears was released for the first time under record contract. In 2020 Facing Fears opens the next chapter of the band’s history with the single “Forever Ends”, including new musicians on drums and bass. Again the top sound is influenced by the Pitchback Studios and knows how to inspire: You will understand!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
FF: We get asked that a lot. Hard to answer as a band: As all members listen to completely different kind of music – surely in the hard section – we get a pretty good mix between really heavy stuff and melodic stuff. Mostly we would say we are in the area of „Bullet For My Valentine“, „Metallica“, „Avenged Sevenfold“, „Iron Maiden“. Non-musical influences are to be honest: life on its own. We mostly write about feelings and story of our lifes, that have impact on ourselfs.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
FF: We’re pretty realistic in that topic. We want to grow continuously as a band with our fanbase and listeners. Due to the pandemic we try to connect with our people through social media but the only true thing is going on stage. We want to get back on stage as soon and as much as possible to get in touch with new listeners and music-lovers. We don’t have any goal, as we would want to reach a specific number of listeners on spotify – We are proud since the first one! We just want to take it better and higher step by step without forcing anything.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
FF: We write as a band, so everybody is part of the process. Mostly its about life-situations, that a lot of people can relate to. It’s about love and hate, life and death, success and failure.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
FF: We’re signed by 7hard – a Label in southern Germany, that helps us with the promotion, but mostly we just promote on our own, via social media, our own homepage, spotify and so on…
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
FF: As a band – we don’t know it in any other way, we’re kind of used to it. But its frustrating to pay a lot of money for a fat production, so everyone can listen to it „for free“ – the value of the art seems to disappear. But simply put, it has never been easier to get known all over the world – on the other side it has never been harder to shine out of the masses of good bands out there.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
FF: Oh, tough question. As a rhythm-guitarist I would be proud to have writien „Sad but true“ – instrumental wise. The riff is pretty simple, but wayyyy heavier than most riffs, that are more technical. As runner-up riff we would pick „Psychosocial“ from Slipknot – we often say for fun „try not to headbang“ and play songs and riffs. While hearing Psychosocial’s mainriff it’s kinda impossible to not at least nod your head.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
FF: As a band we try to perform as professional as possible. So before soundcheck everybody is showing up on time and is pumng up his gear before gemng a drink for example. As we stand on stage we wait quietly for our turn to get sound checked our specific instrument. We hate it, when other bands are „rehearsing“ on stage during soundcheck. This is so terrible.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
FF: We reached to the finals of a German-wide band-contest. As we were the „hardest“ band we knew we wouldn’t win it, but it was fantastic to see that our fans supported us throughout the whole „tournament“, so in the first round, quarter finals, semi-finals and the actual final round with 12 bands from all over Germany. This was a really great moment for us!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
FF:We recently released two singles: „Forever Ends“ (with music-video) and „Only the Lonely“! The first one reached 100.000 Streams on Spotify, so especially this one is really successful. We’re totally stunned by this number!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
FF: You can get our music mostly online in the popular stores, like iTunes, Amazon and so on. If you want to have a physical copy of our EP „Chapter One“ or the LP „Horizons“, just get in touch with us on social media or via mail – we will send it to you!