Her Name Was Fire – Interview
Interview with João Campos of Her Name Was Fire and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
JC: We are at its core rock duo, that moves within the universes of stoner, blues, hard rock and progressive rock. We are just two individuals with a lot of love and enthusiasm for music that want to do cool music and art in general.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
JC: Her Name was Fire started in 2016 from an idea I had of making a stoner rock duo, just me and a drummer, I had played in a couple of bands with 4 and 5 people and I was wondering if I could pull it off as a duo. I talked with Tiago to see if he would be up to it and the chemistry was there from the start.
We then recorded our first Ep which gathered interest from media and fans as our first gigs, on 2017 we released our first full album “Road Antics” with multiple singles and videos that gave us the chance to play 50 plus gigs around Portugal, London and Spain where we won an award for best band of that festival.
After that we concentrated all our efforts in writing our second album that would come to be “Decadent Movement”, we tried to raise the bar and our musical universe on it and we are pretty thrilled to show the world the songs we developed in this hard but fulfilling process. It’s going to be available to everyone April 3rd, and we hope it’s rocks everyone’s mind out.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
JC: Personally musical influences goes from Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden to Miles Davis or Frank Zappa to name a few. Non musical, movies are a huge part of my influences- like “Snatch”, “Mother”, “the road” or “the shinning”.
Books and comic books as The Preacher or Y: Last man on earth also make me want to make cool art.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
JC: To continue to release cool music and grow in every sense, our goals are to make this band a rock behemoth that takes us to big stages all around the world.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
JC: Most of the songs come from jams we do or riffs/rhythms that we come up with individually. The themes I write about go from heartbreaks to occult subjects, ghosts, friends and loss, basically it’s a release of all the situations that I came across in my life.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
JC: Nowadays as most of the bands, social media is the best vehicle, either by videos or posts it’s the best way to grow the band to new public and connect with our fans.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
JC: In a broader sense, it changed the whole experience of listening to music as the industry itself, the way we relate to music changed because of that. In a way it made it easier for people to find new bands or connect to them but it also damaged the ability of artists to make money out of selling your music, so I have a bittersweet feeling about it.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
JC: Connecting with the last question, it’s a tough industry to get noticed or grow because the internet changed the whole game…labels are more interested in instant successes then building careers because everything is moving way quicker, so there is less space to invest in developing artists outside what’s trending. The bright side is that the internet also made available the possibility to show and distribute your music outside of the labels or the old school channels, so the record industry is more democratic in a sense.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JC: Shine on you crazy diamond (all parts) by Pink Floyd because it’s a masterpiece that was such depth and goes to such different places it just touches a very personal level.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
JC: Arrogant people full of themselves, that don’t recognise they are not alone in the world. That and all type of liquorice, who eats that?
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
JC: One of the most recent ones was playing a show for around 2000 people in our home town in Cascais to finish our “Road Antics” tour, that was something special.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
JC: Our album release show is going to happen on the 28th of March at Fábrica Braço de Prata in Lisbon, we are preparing something really special for that gig, besides playing the brand new songs from the album we have a couple of surprises so you should really be there.
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