EMQ’s with FIORE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Seattle, Washington based EMO/Alternative Rock band, Fiore. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
We’re a band called Fiore from Seattle, Washington. Zach (guitar/vocals), Kelsey (keys/vocals), Mario (guitar), Parker (bass/backup vocals), and Davis (drums). We formed in the summer of 2018, and have been really grinding and making a ton of progress just in the last 9 months.
How did you come up with your band name?
There isn’t a super special story behind our name. It means “flower” in Italian, and we’re a pretty soft group of people who like flowers.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from the Pacific Northwest in the United States. We aren’t too involved in the metal scene here directly, but we do have a few friends in some really impressive metal and post-hardcore bands. The metal scene here is solid and pretty good.
What is your latest release?
Our most recent release is our single “It’s Fine, I’m Okay (Spring),” with a music video available on BVTV Music on YouTube. It’s also available on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, and any other services you may use.
Who have been your greatest influences?
We all draw influence from a lot of different sounds, personally and musically. We each find inspiration in My Chemical Romance, No Doubt, The Wonder Years, Animals As Leaders, and Slipknot.
What first got you into music?
We all found our way to music at a pretty young age. For some of us, it was through curiosity. Others were influenced by family members who were into music. It’s more what we found that got us to stay; a medium for the voiceless to be heard and to truly express themselves in a unique and powerful way.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
We would love to work with Hayley Williams or Brendon Urie, for sure.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Of course, we have to say Warped Tour (rest in peace). Current festivals we’d love to play would be Riot Fest and SXSW. Each of these is so important to the scene, especially in the US, and it would be an incredible opportunity to share the stage with some of the greatest artists in alternative music, whether known or up and coming.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
An OnlyFans subscription.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Love yourself, forgive others, and keep kindness and empathy in mind.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Lil Peep. An icon gone too soon.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
We absolutely love playing shows. We’re on stage with our best friends playing music we love. The worst part is definitely the lulls between shows, especially during this pandemic we’ve been facing this year.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
More inclusion! The alternative audience is so diverse.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums.
We couldn’t all agree on something that was a collective number one, so we each picked our own. “Tell All Your Friends” by Taking Back Sunday (Zach), “Okay”. by As It Is (Parker), “Ego Death” by The Internet (Kelsey), “Selfish Machines” by Pierce The Veil (Mario), and “Black Clouds & Silver Linings” by Dream Theater (Davis).
What’s best? Vinyl, cassettes, CDs, or downloads?
For physical release, vinyl takes the cake. In terms of accessibility, it’s gotta be downloads. Digital media is the future.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We played a super intimate floor show in Medford, Oregon, back in November. It was full of amazing energy from the bands and the audience. If every night could feel like that night, we’d be more than content.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Zach would definitely be working in film or digital media. Kelsey would be a preschool teacher. Parker would work in theatre tech or social work. Davis and Mario would definitely be professional wrestlers.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Sylvia Plath, Jesus, Morgan Freeman, Theodore Roosevelt, and Owen Gray.
What’s next for the band?
We have an upcoming EP we’re releasing this summer! We’re super excited for everyone to hear it!
What social media links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Parker is the only member of Fiore who has ever had Jaffa Cakes before, and all he says is that they’re tasty. But, according to Wikipedia, Jaffa Cakes are a biscuit-sized cake, so that’s up to you.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Black Lives Matter. Today and every day. Full stop.
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