My Last Gamble - Winning track at Hollywood Music in Media Awards for Americana/Folk/Acoustic
Interview with Flight of Fire
"We all strongly believe that the transfer of energy between audience and musicians is an intensely powerful thing." - Flight of Fire
Earlier this month, youbloom was lucky enough to get some precious air-time with the Hard-Rock maelstrom of female fury, Flight of Fire. Known for their fantastical live shows and superb rock compositions, this Boston-based band has been selling out shows and racking up awards for several years now. In this interview the ladies divulge their creative process, dole out advice for the unsigned artists out there, and share what's on the band's horizon.
What were a couple runner-up names for the band before you settled on Flight of Fire?
What a cool question! We came up with our band name in a very geeky way, so we actually did have two clear runner-ups. The first was Drop of Flame and the second was Force of Flame. Personally, I think we made the right choice!
What is your creative process when writing?
We usually write songs individually. When they are mostly finished, we bring them to the band and everyone adds their own flare. Maverick will get picky about lyrics and improve melodies and Tanya will add solos. The twins write riffs together, and Tia and Maddie solidify the groove.
How has the LA music scene been different from the Boston music scene?
We haven't spent enough time in the LA scene just yet to really be able to compare it to Boston, though in the few times we have come out, we have absolutely loved our experiences. One of the things we did notice is that there seems to be a lot more competition in LA as so many talented people flock to the city, however, there is also a plethora of experienced industry professionals providing an endless source of networking opportunities as well as offering more chances for encountering career-growing experiences. So it all seems to balance out.
"We don't like our performances to be contrived at all, and we love to ride the waves when unexpected things happen!"
Youbloom, for example, has been so welcoming and supportive of us - we had such a great experience at the conference and met so many incredible people in the industry! It's definitely very different, and each scene offers different things to artists and bands. We can't wait to explore more about what it's like to be a band in LA.
FlightofFire is known for its high energy performances. What do you think it is that gives a band its charisma?
[caption id="attachment_87" align="alignright" width="200"] Photo by Trixie's Tripod of Boston Rock Radio![/caption]
To us, it's all about the live shows. We all strongly believe that the transfer of energy between audience and musicians is an intensely powerful thing. Live shows are our opportunity to show our fans how much we appreciate them, and it's their opportunity to enjoy us in our element! It's truly magical.
Would you say you have live shows down to a science, or is each one its own mystery going in?
We like to keep as much of our performances as spontaneous as possible driven by pure in-the-moment inspiration. We do plan our setlists, but we like to take the energy of the crowd into account and play off the emotions of the people watching us. Sometimes you have to diverge from the set list when the audience’s energy is calling for something specific.
We also like to include some memorable stage antics, like when we switch instruments and pull off wild stunts. But our philosophy is that what we do on stage should reflect how we are really feeling at the time. We don't like our performances to be contrived at all. We love to ride the waves when unexpected things happen!
What’s the most memorable show you’ve ever played? Why?
Some of the most memorable shows we've played have been when we opened for big acts. When we opened for Bon Jovi at Ford Field, and that is an experience we will never forget. We also opened for Lita Ford at a smaller venue. It was a sold out show and her fans were so incredibly supportive of us making us feel like true rock stars that night. At those kind of shows, you hope that you're seeing a glimpse of your future. Those are the moments that stick in our minds and inspire us to keep pushing on through any of the difficulties we might face.
[caption id="attachment_93" align="alignnone" width="2048"] Flight of Fire performing at youbloomLA Music Festival & Summit 2017[/caption]
What good memory or experience did you have at the youbloom 2017 music festival?
So much of it was amazing! We are still so grateful that we got to come out and be a part of youbloom. We met so many incredible people. All the panelists we got to talk to were so encouraging, and the discussions really helped us solidify some of our strategies for the upcoming year.
"My Last Gamble won, and we never would have had that opportunity if it hadn't been for youbloom and Shele Sondheim!"
Can you describe the events at the youbloom festival that led you to getting a Hollywood Music in Media nomination?
Shele Sondheim was one of the acclaimed panelists that we met at the festival. Shele was so kind and supportive to us and he connected us with Brent Harvey, the producer of the HMMAs. The two of them encouraged us to submit our song. Apparently it was a fantastic idea considering we actually took home a trophy that night. My Last Gamble won, and we never would've had that opportunity if it hadn't been for YouBloom and Shele Sondheim!
What project do you currently have in the works?
We just finished recording a new single in the studio that features Cherie Currie from the Runaways. Cherie and Maverick share lead vocals on our song, She's a Badass. It's a testament to all of the female rockers who came before us and paved the way for musicians like us. The song will be released in early 2018.
What is the band’s vision going forward?
We have so much that we want to accomplish. Our most recent album, Path of the Phoenix, was released a year ago, and we already have so much new material for the next album we are hoping to record by the end of the summer, if possible. We are also looking at a tour in Europe and new music videos. Our biggest goal right now is to get a supporting slot on a tour with a band like Halestorm. That would be a dream come true.
"One of the most important things we've learned is that when you have somebody who believes in you, never take that for granted."
What are your biggest challenges in reaching your vision?
As always, the biggest challenge is financial! It's very difficult to make money with what we do. We are always doing our best to be savvy and find ways to make it happen! We will be launching a Patreon in January. That will give our fans the opportunity for a more intimate relationship with the band where they can directly support the music they love. We're very excited about cultivating it, and that kind of support will make everything we are trying to do that much more possible!
What’s the best way fans-to-be can gain access to your music?
Our official website is the best way to get access to our music, videos and updates! From flightoffire.com, you can link to all of our social media as well, so whatever platform you prefer for following bands, you can find us there.
What advice would you have for upcoming bands/artists that are trying to get noticed?
[caption id="attachment_91" align="alignleft" width="200"] FoF at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards Night 2017[/caption]
One of the most important things we've learned is that when you have somebody who believes in you, never take that for granted. When you have a DJ play your music, an aspiring journalist who writes a review for you, a booker who hears you at a show and loves you, or any fan that tells you that your music has moved them or buys your merch, your job is to respond to them. Express your gratitude, let them know how much it means to you that they believe in what you are doing. If someone is going out of their way for you, make sure you go out of your way for them just as much. Especially in this ever-changing industry, we all have to stick together and support each other. It's all about relationships - make sure you always pay it forward.
To stay up to date on what Flight of Fire is up to, you can check out their website, flightoffire.com and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Their newest album, Path of the Phoenix, can be purchased on Bandcamp.
Robert Loustaunau is a content writer for youbloom and is a member of the social media team there. He is an avid music maker and listener. He enjoys the simple things in life: coffee, a good book, and quality time with his lovely girlfriend.