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James Lightfoot from The Fades [INTERVIEW]

Music Witout Labels has had the great opportunity of speaking to bassist James Lightfoot from The Fades, a rapidly growing Alternative Punk band from London, UK. Hear more about how they came to be and some of the struggles faced as a growing independent in the United Kingdom today.

Since the debuts of “You Say” and “Life Support” in 2003, how has the band evolved musically?
We have become more thrashy and less intrinsically focused on song structure.  We have developed a sense of natural writing. Songs should be what they are. We believe that they should almost be written on their first forming. Instinctively.

Naturally, our likes and dislikes metamorphisize as we mature as artists. How do you approach blending the vacillating styles of the band’s individual components while keeping true to the sound that your fan base are accustomed to hearing?
We don’t feel that this is something we worry to much about.  One of our favorite bands Faith No More would skip from genre to genre song by song.  The feel of the band should always be present but trying to adhere to a particular style to appease people will never wash with us.

As you continue in your plight as an independent artists and as the market for independent artists continues to grow exponentially, do you feel comfort in the current market’s ability to provide a viable arena to perpetuate and elaborate on your successes?

The internet has been a great help to independent artists in spreading their music to a much wider audience. We’ve gained so much from reaching new people this way, getting out and touring around Europe and the States would not have been possible for us without internet promotion and marketing. If your music is good, people will find it from all over the world. Previously, artists would have to rely solely on radio play and press promotion to spread the work with little word of mouth and this area was always usually sewn up by the big money record labels

Often times fans are only privy to the images and interviews that arise in your public appearances. Is there anything that you think your fans would be surprised to learn about you? For example, I heard a rumor that you are all Justin Bieber fans. Any truth to this?
It is only Flash who is literally obsessed with Bieber

Most musicians or bands have a cheif goal that drives them to create music, whether it be generating revenue, redefining a genre, etc. What drives you to pour into the creative process and create new music?
It is a natural release for us, and still excites us to play in front of an audience. Plus, it enables us to go to NYC and Italy to play and have an amazing time. Music has helped us to meet, play and work with some really wonderful people all over the world. We love making music, we can’t stop; we’re scared of doing anything else!

Questions By: Kyle C. Stilley | Online Marketing | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC