darkSIGN-RECORDS recording artist Firesphere, is a dynamic industrial rock/metal band combining techno and epic cinematic soundtrack to create a totally different and unique sound (listen to the music).
Fireshphere was created and is fronted by the enigmatic dark PRIEST and the equally dark and hypnotizing Japanese beauty ROSEMARY BUTTERFLY. Joined by BLACKSMITH (guitar), ROADBLOCK (guitar), Asmodeus Stone (bass) and MASON (drums), together they bring a dark ageless quality to their music and live show (listen to the music).
Based primarily on the Japanese model of big music and big visuals (ala X Japan, Hyde, Malice Mizer, Gackt and Jupiter), the listener will not soon forget the well-crafted and moving songs of Firesphere nor will they easily forget the sight, sound and intensity of a live performance. Firesphere will capture you in their dark cold embrace and hold you there forever.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Best described as industrial metal/rock combined with a dash of techno and epic cinematic soundtrack, Firesphere does not easily fall into any one particular genre. There are touches of traditional metal, prog rock and theatrical stylings but, Firesphere's sound is quite unique and different from that which is popular today. Firesphere's sound is purposely big, full and intense.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
The name FIresphere actually came very easy and was our first and only choice. We wanted a name that reflected the sound and the concept behind the project. Also, Firesphere is catchy and an easy name to remember. Plus, it makes for a good looking logo.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Being the traditional metal head of the writing duo that is Priest and Rosemary Butterfly, I have many influences starting with classic rock bands like Boston, Styx, Foreigner and Queen. Vocally, Styx was the first band that influenced my singing style. I spent hours mimicking Dennis De Young. Later, in the early 80's, I got into traditional heavy metal. Bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and especially Queensryche shaped my singing style from there on out. As I did with Styx, I studied how the singers in those bands used their voices. My style took on a more operatic sound and I developed hitting the high notes, as well as, learning how to control it. Rosemary, on the other hand, really has no influences. She composes music for TV and films and has her own unique style of writing that sounds like no other.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Right now we have written an albums worth of material. In the near future we will begin recording selected songs for an EP and as a follow up to our first outing, REQUIEM.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Like most bands and artists, we hope to be successful in this tough industry. Firesphere plays a lot of local shows and we hope to tour in the near future. We will continue to develop the show aspect, making it bigger and more visual. We have management and a PR agent that gives us a hand but, we still do things the old fashioned way, work work work. It's all about building that audience, one by one.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
In The Silence. It is a fun song to perform live. The vocals are interesting and give my voice a workout. It's got a fantastic beat that gets you pumped as well. It really is a good tune in my humble opinion.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Getting the whole thing off the ground. When we began this journey, myself and Rosemary wrote the songs and recorded the majority of it in our home recording studio. We brought in Blacksmith to lay all the guitar down, which he did in his home studio. Once it was complete we took it into the studio for mixing and mastering. The biggest challenge was putting together a band that could learn the material. It seemed it took forever to find everyone and then months of rehearsal to get it ready to go live. We had to set up a system whereby we use stems in order replicate the CD so, the drummer had to get used to wearing headphones live and learn how to play the songs to a click and the stems. In the meantime, we had to create all the videos we play during the show live. It just seemed like it took forever to finally get to the place where we could actually begin to perform. But, we did.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Rosemary will sit down at the keyboards and begin writing a piece of music, much like she does when she's writing a score for a movie. Once she gets a rough idea or concept of a song in order, I come in and help arrange it so it has verses, bridges and a chorus. I typically write the melody and lyrics. As far as my writing, I compose on the guitar. I'll sit down and just flam around until I find a grouping of chords that I like then I begin putting a melody to it. Once I get a basic melody for, say, the verses that will usually dictate how the chorus is going to flow. After I have a completed tune I write lyrics, letting the feel of the tune dictate the words. Sometimes I'll hear melodies in my head and find it on the guitar.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
I think it's assisted us in getting out to more people, especially world wide. It has put us in touch with people we probably would never had met without it. Honestly, I miss a lot of the old ways of doing things but, you got to do what is necessary.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I listen to a wide variety of music, everything from old metal, newer metal, rock, a little pop if it is good, mood music and soundtracks. So, with me, you never know what song or genre or style is going to pop up next. Artist wise, I still listen to Queensryche and Rammstein, Kamelot, Pagans Mind.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I've been making music since I was seven so, not sure I remember what I was doing before that.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
You have to be confident in what your doing, believe in yourself no matter what anyone says or whether your criticized, work hard and, most importantly, do not give up. This is a hard business to be involved in, let alone break into. Don't let anyone sway you or convince you that your wasting your time. If you have a passion for what your doing, nothing else matters.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Wow, quite a lot. I think the advent of music sites like Spotify and such have really hurt the industry, especially the artist. Also, I would like to see the industry go back to finding talent and then investing in that talent, give them the time to make a big noise and solidify their sound. Labels don't do that anymore. It's all about that immediate hit then they move on, like fast food. Give the artist time to grow and develop. I guess that's why the call bands from the seventies and early eighties "classic rock" cause it was great stuff.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
All Important to me. Today, everything is cookie cutter garbage. Every band seems to want to sound like every other band, whatever seems to be selling at the moment. I don't want Firesphere to be followers or a copycat of other bands, I want Firesphere to be trend setters. I want to be knocked out by something new and exciting, something I haven't necessarily heard before. It's true that there's nothing new under the sun but, you sure as hell can put a fresh coat of paint on it and give it your own twist.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
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