Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
FF: First of all we’re simply four very good friends sharing a rage for music and of course metal music in particular. Over the years thrashing together, we have become one big family. Most likely this unity and dedication are what you’ll notice meeting or seeing us live.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
FF: We’re from the same area near Stuttgart, Germany and we have known each other since our school days. Having different experiences making music, we finally found ourselves as ‘Fateful Finality’ back in 2007.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
FF: Since all of us love listening to music, the inspiration to make music was given in our childhood. As we grew up, also our taste of music evolved and led us to the idols we listened to since our youth and yet. Bay Area Thrash for sure had a huge impact on us, thinking of bands like Testament, Exodus and Death Angel. But of course also new bands, artists and individual musicians all over stages and media are incredibly inspiring.
Content-wise we basically process what we see, feel and experience. Beside a few exceptions, most of the time we take up social injustices, daunting situations or apprehensive developments we perceive… and (un-)fortunately there are many, these days.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
FF: We’re showing the people our interpretation of metal music and our way of looking at things, emphasizing authenticity and real honest emotions. For sure we still leave room for personal interpretations and not everything shall be taken literally, but we want people to relate to our stories.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
FF: Fortunately there were some moments that made us proud, but at the very top you’d find our European tour with Death Angel in 2022.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
FF: Over the last decades the music industry has changed drastically. Not everything got better or easier, but for sure there are now incredible possibilities to be creative and to present yourself and your art. The new challenge is to find a way to that point, where people want to know about you.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
FF: So far we’re self-managed. So basically we use all the experiences we gained, collaborate with all companions we met over the last years and of course we try to get in touch with people.
For 2023 there are some club shows and festivals planned in Germany, but unfortunately not (yet) for the US.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
FF: Of course downloading and streaming offers huge benefits for the listeners, but certainly that leads to the fact that bands have to figure out different ways to pay their bills. Fortunately in the metal genre still some people like to have a record in their hands.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
FF: I guess something like ‘Enter Sandman’ or ‘Cowboys from Hell’, just because they’re old school metal masterpieces that still make us grab our air guitars, now and then, all over the world.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
FF: Sometimes it feels like it should be less cruel ‘industry’ and more of the ‘music’ that unites us all.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
FF: We’re currently in the process of promoting our latest record ‘Emperor of the Weak’, which we released at the end of last year. We’re mainly focussing on live shows in Europe, but of course also the creation of content for everyone get’s it’s time.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
FF: For merchandise we’re still working on a way to make it easily accessible beyond Germany, especially the US. But to learn more about us and to keep up, feel free to follow us on Instagram, Facebook or YouTube. And yes, you’ll find us on Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
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