-Interview- Fiction (4/17/17)

Fiction talks about their upcoming new release, their favorite recent performance and much more.


From: Mahopac, NY
Sounds like: Female fronted Rock

1. Your "Fiction" EP has been out for a little while now. What do you want listeners to take away from it?

This first EP is very special to us because it’s our first foray into the music world. We know how important first impressions are so we put a lot of thought in to the track listing to find which songs we’d like to introduce ourselves with. We’re happy to say that we think we found 7 songs that really capture the true essence of Fiction. We really wanted listeners to take this EP as our greeting to the world, a little taste of who we are, where we came from and where we’re going with an invitation to join us for the ride!

2. What's the word on new music?

The songwriting process for our next release is well underway! We’ve even played a few new songs live! The plan is to get back in the studio sometime in the latter half of the year and release our follow up in 2018.

3. Is there any new cover songs you play live or want to record on the next release?

Our go to cover song at the moment is “Still of the Night” by Whitesnake. On top of it being such a great and iconic track, we feel it offers us a chance to really highlight ourselves both musically and as performers. As of now we aren’t thinking about recording any covers for the next release but this would be a very fun song to record for a single, b-side or social media promo, so the door is always open!

4. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

This is a tough one because we all bring our unique qualities and influences to the table and our influences span decades and genres. The consensus among us is that we are a Hard Rock/Alternative Metal hybrid.

5. What artists are you currently listening to? Any acts you recommend that people should check out?

A few artists we are listening to right now Citizen Zero, Future Villains, Mastodon, Highly Suspect, Delain, Amaranthe and Dreamcar.

6. What was the last concert you went to as a fan?

We go to a lot of concerts individually or in a pair, the last show we were all at together was Guns N’ Roses last summer! They are probably Fiction’s favorite band and biggest collective influence because amongst our wide range of influences, we can all agree on our love of GN’R. We’re hoping to catch them again this year!

7. As an artist, what's your take on the streaming sites (Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, etc.) and how they pay royalties to bands?

There are pros and cons to streaming services and the dwindling royalties is obviously a bummer but it’s 2017 and it’s something that bands and artists need to adapt to. These services are great for finding new music because there’s no financial penalty for searching and sampling new music. At this stage, we can’t be too picky about how people hear our music, we just want them to hear it!

8. Has there been any favorite show that has stuck out in the past year? If so, which one and why?

Last year, we opened shows for Sonata Arctica and Diamond Head in a matter of a week which was really awesome! Sonata is Tyler’s favorite band and Diamond Head has been a big influence on Matt so it was an unforgettable experience to play those shows! Plus, we had great crowds both nights which we always love!

9. What's next for Fiction?

Our goal is to keep writing new songs, head in the studio and play a lot of shows. We are expanding our shows in the northeast a bit more this year so follow our social media @fictionbandny to keep up with us.

10. What do you want to achieve in the next year?

We’d love to have our follow up release out in the next year. Stay tuned!