Fighting for Frequency
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
It's different for everyone in the band. Many of us have been playing/writing since childhood such as Adam, Dave, and Randon. For Chris, our bassist, it took being displaced by a hurricane to inspire him to get his first guitar and start songwriting all the time. This band has 4 great song writers, each with different experiences and writing styles. It gives us a huge body of songs/styles to pull from, and that gives us opportunities to nudge our sound in various directions while still orbiting our center of gravity -- rock.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
What happens on tour with F4F stays with F4F.
What has been the high point of your music path?
One of the most memorable nights was our first album release party. Without any openers or other bands, we packed one of the biggest music venues in New Orleans, and it just meant a lot that those people were there just for us, actively returning all that positive energy in our direction. Having our fans (freaqs!) there celebrating our music with us and singing it back to us made all our efforts worth it. We're looking forward to topping that night with our next album release party later this year. We encourage you to come to New Orleans that night and rock with us. It'll be a night you won't forget.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? Typically, we write songs separately but then bring the 90%-finished songs to the band to flesh them out and let them grow organically into the Fighting for Frequency sound. Inspiration strikes at the strangest times. For example, some strange situations have inspired many songs, such as Adam dropping a carton of eggs to kick off a bad day (inspiring our song "Wrong Side of Life") or the time Chris received negative feedback in a poetry class because the poem felt too much like a song, so he turned it into our song "Still Standing," which is about overcoming adversity. It always feels like Christmas morning when a band member brings new songs. It means we have shiny new toys to play with and songs to grow.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The "low-hanging fruit" answer would be the streaming situation where artists make very little when people listen to and share their music, but that's not a challenge as much as a reality artists have to face. The biggest challenge for Indie Artists is probably getting music to the right listeners. Our name is partially formed from that notion -- we are fighting through the media clutter and saturated market to be heard by fans of rock. With so many streaming and media platforms, it's a challenge to cut through it and find our real fans. Our freaqs are out there, and we love growing our devoted fanbase that continues to support us. We can't wait to share our new songs with them soon.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? This one is easy -- Foo Fighters! Dave Grohl, if you're reading this, the Foo Fighting for Frequency tour has a nice ring to it. You know our sounds would be perfect together. Let's make it happen!
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? We start with appetizers, followed by a death match using only swear words, and we end the night with stargazing. But on a more serious note, we try to make rehearsals count like they're real shows. We put a lot of thought into our live shows, so we rehearse hard to make that energy come through when we play live. We can also be pretty rowdy, but what else do you expect from a band with the name "fighting" in it?
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Since we hadn't established our writing process or sound yet, our first song "Fast Forward" was probably the biggest challenge and went through multiple revisions. Dave and Chris brought an acoustic version of the song to Adam but hadn't envisioned that he would bring back an idea for a big rock anthem sound with wailing guitars solos. It inspired us to take all songs going forward in that direction and provided the blueprint for the band's writing process and sound. It fast forwarded (pun intended) our sound to the next level.
What's coming up in the future? We're releasing our sophomore album soon, along with music videos. Additionally, we were recently selected as a finalist in Music Prize 2021, so we'll be bringing the fight to Shreveport, Louisiana. If we take home the prize money, we'll be using it to fund a big tour through Texas -- The Texas Takeover Tour! (Yes, we like alliteration because it drives our lead singer nuts).
Tell us where fans can access your music? You can find our music on our ReverbNation page (#1 spot in New Orleans, woot!) and Spotify, and you can join the fight by following us on social media.
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About Fighting for Frequency
Not content with rock's absence on the airwaves, the formidable five known as Fighting for Frequency took an oath, vowing to bring rock back to its former glory. This New Orleans-based rock band is on a crusade to bring listeners new stories composed of pure rock awesomeness.
Forged in the fires of rock and fortified with influences from bands such as Foo Fighters, Gaslight Anthem, Metallica, Jimmy Eat World, Breaking Benjamin, and Alter Bridge, this band is conquering stages and airwaves near you. Music is their weapon. Join the fight to bring rock back with Fighting for Frequency!