Read what F.U.A’s Mitchell, co-songwriter and guitarist, has to say. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
-Well a name is just a name, you can find meaning in it and you can make a statement. Our name F.U.A stands for Fuck U All. Judging us soley by the name it would seem we are very hatefull towards everyone. But that’s not true, we like so much stuff and all kinds of music. We just want to do whatever we want to do. If somebody complains about our style of music then just don’t listen to us. It’s that simple. We are very neutral. We just like to give the middle finger to everything that’s not important and to all the negative people. So, yeah you can make a name important if you want. Our name is just how we are. It’s how we see the world. So if people are likeminded we invite them to join us in saying F.U.A! Because the only thing that’s important is a being happy.
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-When we finished recording it was a special feeling. We have been working on songs for multiple years. So we are very happy it’s finally done. I remember sitting on my couch at home playing the first notes and thinking about how to turn it into something people would want to listen to. So for me personally it’s a special kind of feeling. And to see how the songs evolves into something amazing feels truly great. I don’t have any anxiety about it. Because we keep a leveled head, people will like it or they won’t. It’s not up to us to force them to like it. We love what we have created and we are very proud of eachother.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-Recording an album in the studio takes a long time. We we’re in the studio for four weeks. Some days were boring, we would fall asleep sometimes. But the coolest things is to see how everything takes shape. When you get to create the perfect version of a song. The feelings we had we’re excitement, motivation and fun. Of course sometimes you start to doubt your skill, but everything went fine. RealSound Studio, the studio we worked with in Langhirano, Italy has some amazing profesional people, and we consider them our friends forever.
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-That’s kinda true but the best way to promote your band is to create good songs that people will want to listen to. We are very open about our band and are kind and thankfull for all the support. We use social media’s, instagram and facebook to gain followers. We have put posters around the cities in Holland. If you just use this the right way you meet people with the same interests. It’s like a puzzle falling into place and once you get into a community you support each other. You also have to play and just put yourself out there on every major platform. Right now we are very particular about the quality we put out. We want to give you something worthy to look at and to listen to.
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-Metal is such a cool tangible genre. There are so many types it’s getting ridiculous some times. To be tagged into one these sub genres means you get labeled and shut out of potential audiences. That’s one of the reason we don’t want to label ourself, because we want to be free to do whatever we want and we are for everyone, metal and non-metal fans. So in our album you will hear all kinds of styles. See we love punk, metal, grunge, black metal, hardcore punk, hard rock, death metal, trash metal. We just don’t want to label ourself. Cause it would mean we would have to restrain our creativity in writing.
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
-It’s not important, but it is very fun. See if you are underground you will meet many people, whom you will see at every gig. This is a great way to make friends. The underground scene is so strong, since there is a sub culture around every local scene that will always support each other no matter what. To be part of something national or international is truly amazing. Since you get to inspire others with your music. There is no greater feeling than to be loved for your music.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-A picture can also say more than thousand words. Our album cover is a picture of a girl being consumed by the digital age. The computer takes her soul and life. Our title ‘Socially Transmitted Disease’ is satire and a warning about the times we live in. Everywhere you look people are buried into their phones and computers. Not showing their true selves and being afraid of being real. It’s a big problem in the world. Since the generation of kids that grew up in the 2000’s are growing up without a clue on how to interact in real life. Our cover is a real tragedy, to see such a beautiful girl being destroyed by the digital era.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
-Yes, you can release all your stuff without a label. But a good label does not release stuff they don’t believe in. It’s like quality control. If a label supports you it means your stuff is professional. We have a very good relation with our label. Since they also told us what they did not like. A label is not part of the band so the band has to be humble and accept any feedback, even the negative ones that eventually we turn into something positive. We took a lot of time to create our album and we wanted ourselves and everyone at the label to believe in the album. So we would say it’s very important.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
-A gig with us is very fun. See alot of bands they just stand still and play their songs. But to create a worthy show is to make a fun and memorable show. Our rule is that we don’t stand still for long times. Sometimes we are lying on the ground or jumping around. Doing crazy dances and stuff to make you laugh. While also hyping you up to join us in moving around. We prefer to play all kinds of shows. Small venues have their dedicated fans who are not afraid of being looked at. And big festivals are so much fun since alot of people get to see you for the first time. We like all shows, we just want to have a good time and give you all a good time.
What lies in the future?
-Well we want to do many shows and tours. Create more albums, songs, and make video clips