19th, June 2013
Clarke - Guitars)
How would you characterize the development of your band
during the last 6 years? What are your greatest achievements
A) For the moment we are quite happy with our first mini
tour as well as playing at Les Foufoune Electrique, a quite
good and large venue here in Montreal. We are also proud of
our album since a large portion of metal is always so
aggressive and leave little place for the subtleties (drums
especially) which is something that we did put into
consideration. As far as downfalls go we are quite sad to
have left behind Annik Laporte, our ex drummer who recorded
the first album due to injuries. She
was replaced shortly after by Tristan Beaulieu an excellent
drummer who fills in great and even brings Fateless into a
more technical and more aggressive era.
2. How would you describe FATELESS as a whole? Is there
anything that makes the group different compared to most new
and upcoming bands?
A) Well as far as I can see most band from here are
musicians trying to have a band meet and play music where as
us were a family the vocalist Fx Jodoin, the bassist Marc
Gervais and myself Alexander Clarke have known each other
since early high school and even earlier maybe. So the
chemistry is very unique I believe we know each other inside
and out. As for Jonathan Fontaine, Annik Laporte and Tristan
Beaulieu saw even in just a year or so the family-like
feeling was there and really made us a close group of
individuals and complete one another quite well. In a as few
words as possible to describe ourselves... I'd have to say
we are like a ring forged from an undestructible material.
We are one.
3. I am curious to know more things about your debut CD.
Tell us something about the main idea of the 9 tracks. Where
did you record? Did you have any problems in studio and all
sorts of interesting details for our readers?
A) Well as for the 9 tracks they do have a change of
complexity that is the product of 7 years of composition
some songs were written when 7 years ago as for the last
songs that were composed for the album were, Shining Star,
Elegie du Gouffre and Wasted Land. The abum itself well we
would have take more time for the drum sections we were in a
condensed time frame to tape the drum tracks so Annik had
not played certain transitions to her personal perfection,
we also encountered a problem with one of the tracks, there
was a tempo change on the midi track that Annik was not used
to and caused a few complications. We recorded with my
former Sound Engineering instructor Philippe Massabki, in
Montreal/Laval at his personal studio and at Sonogram (for
the drums only). It was a great studio very high end with
the most expensive equipment I'd seen at the time and we are
looking forward to finishing the writing of our second album
to return to the big studio to record our next full length!
4. How would you describe FATELESS live? Where does
Fateless feels the best to you, in rehearsal, studio or live?!
How do you figure out your live shows setlists?
A) The wide range of aggressive and heavy metal riffs to
smooth sweet cleans leaves a rather quite frequent mood
change due to our progressive influences. Definitely in the
studio in my opinion but there's nothing like the thrill of
being onstage and creating a vibe for the whole crowd to be
moved by. For setlists its quite simple, if we know our
crowd is more francophone or anglophone we will then choose
our songs in that language the band writes its lyrics half
in french and the other half in English, and at the same
time we try to play our most recent songs at all times for
with the years that have gone there is an evolution in the
style that we play.
5. Pick a song from the album, that you feel to be the
most interesting lyrically, musically or having a good story
about it and tell me about it.
A) Elegie du Gouffre, at the time I was listening to a lot
of Quo Vadis and Insomnium and musically my influences were
driven from that as for lyrics its oddly enough the poem
about a young man that is tormented by the loss of a loved
one but more so it plays on his sanity and leaves him
spiraling in his own depression.
6. Are there any certain religious or philosophical
beliefs within the band? What are your attitudes towards
fans that like your music but do not have your ideals?
A) We write about a few subjects sometimes it does touch
utopic and political views and sometimes it referes to the
change in people and there loss of humanity. Over the years
a growing tendency towards "the fall of the Idea"
is a growing thought. We also enjoy writting about the
sickness of a man that does not understand it and sometimes
even touches the limits of sanity and insanity. We believe
that in ever society there are these subjects problems to
deal with. Music is meant for a positive impact on a person
and whether or not they agree with what is said doesn't
matter it is more the idea of help make your world better do
not dwell in the past if your present is not what you want
it to be then make your future what you want it to be.. That
is what Fateless is about.
7. What are some of your interests, occupations and
hobbies outside of composing sick music?
A) Politics, studies, gaming, hanging with friends, working
on cars, smoking shisha and enjoying life would sum it up.
8. You recorded your debut album, “Dawn Of Ignorance”
almost one year ago, so I’m guessing you've come a bit
since. How’s the writing process going, any plans so far
for next recording session?
A)Indeed you are right we have a few new songs that are not
on the album, Prevoir La Tempete, Les Ruine de L'Act, 15
Fevrier and Path to Utopia are 4 songs that are currently
being recorded at my home studio for our upcoming EP which
should be ready by the end of the summer, and we are
currently working on the rest of the 2nd album that we hope
to start recording as soon as the EP is released!
9. What would you consider the hardest part about playing
in an Underground band?
A) Well Montreal is one of the largest cities in Quebec and
even Canada. Whats difficult here is the competition there
are so many bands that the ratio from fan/band is almost 3
to 1 so nearly everyone in the metal scene in Montreal has a
band. The talent is not lacking in Montreal its the
opportunities, everything here is a competition which takes
10. And how are you guys getting alone in private life?
Do you hang out as a band or also as friends? Do you think
its important to always be friends first and then a band
A) Like I mentioned before we are a family and spend almost
as much time outside jams and rehearsals as in them. In fact
I currently live with my vocalist.
Well, that would be all for the moment...thanks very much
for your time. If you have anything to add in the end to
conclude this interview.
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