For my first music interview of 2021, I’d like to welcome metal quartet Fatality. They share their love of metal music and how their band name was inspired by a computer game.
Band Name: Fatality
Members: Josh Abbott (Vocals), Gareth Brimley (Guitars), Matt Shynn (Bass) & Jordan Maze (Percussion)
Founded: June 2016
Originated From: Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Discography: Self Titled (EP, 2017), Prey (EP, 2019), Juggernaut (single, 2020), The Lesson (single, 2020), Saviour (single, 2020)
How would you describe your music?
We would say it’s a healthy mix between modern metal, nu-metal, heavy rock, and a little bit of hip-hop.
What is your musical creative process like?
We usually just have a jam until we come up with something we like. Gareth will play a riff or Jordan will play a beat and we will just play until we have something that sounds solid or catchy. We’ll then build a structure around that sound, record a demo to analyse how it sounds, go back and make any changes to better the track and then it’s time to record and produce it.
How did the band form?
Gareth and our ex drummer Chris started the project in 2016 after the split of our previous band DMR. We wrote and recorded our first EP as a three piece then recruited Matt to play bass in 2017.
When Chris decided to part ways with us in September 2019 we started a two month long audition process, in which we discovered Jordan. He completes our current line up to date.
How did you come up with your band name?
We’re all huge video game fans so when we were playing one of the best game franchises of all time, Mortal Kombat, the words ‘FATALITY’ flashed up on screen. We said; “that would be a cool name for a band” and it just stuck.
Who influenced you within the music industry?
We all grew up listening to bands like Slipknot, Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Machinehead, Fear Factory. Obviously there’s plenty more bands and artists that have influenced us in one way or another but those are a few that have been long lasting influences for us.
Have you performed live much and what was your favourite gig to play at?
Yes we have performed live a lot. Our favourite show would definitely be our Prey EP launch party. It was in our hometown or Chelmsford so there were loads of friends and family in attendance, plenty of fans there. Plus, there was a decent amount of beer bought for us after the show.
We also raised a substantial amount for mental health charity, MIND, which is a cause very close to our hearts so it was an all round success.
What is the best thing about being in a band?
Getting to write and play music with your best friends, then getting to share that music with the world. There’s no better feeling.
What’s the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome so far as a musician(s)?
Probably just finding the right members to join the band. We’ve experimented with different band members and finding someone who is talented, passionate about the music and that we get along with on a personal level is very difficult to do. It’s taken a long time but we’ve finally got the right lineup that fits.
What plans have you got coming up this year?
We’re going to keep bringing music to the people. While we can’t play live shows and we have no idea of when they’re going to be back we will continue to record and release new music for our audiences.
There will be a new Fatality single every 6-8 weeks up until the point where we can play live shows again. Once that’s confirmed we will be tirelessly booking shows up and down the country to bring our live music back to the people.
What is your ultimate dream as a band?
Literally to be able to bring our music to as many people as possible in as many different places as possible. We’d be absolutely over the moon to play on any big festival lineup or any big stadium show but to be honest we’re so happy with anyone just listening to and enjoying our music wherever they are.
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