We have reached the end of our Let’s PLAY feature and we are concluding it with one amazing band! Metal five-piece Fighting The Phoenix have been rocking the Ernie Ball competition and are currently sitting nicely in the top 20.
Check out our exclusive interview with the Colorado band below. And you can also find all the info you need to get these guys to the Warped Tour mainstage after the jump!
Infectious Magazine: What would it mean to you to perform at Warped Tour 2017?
Fighting The Phoenix: For many of us, this is the kind of opportunity we have always dreamed of! Its truly unbelievable the support we have seen behind this campaign to play warped tour. The band has definitely worked very hard for this chance and for FTP it means we get that shot at what we have always seen as ‘near impossible.’
Chris King: Vans Warped Tour is something I have personally been apart of for the past 6 years. I love the culture and community that comes alongside it. Consider this THE big first step towards FTP and Warped Tour because we have so much to show that community if given for Colorado.
Kyle Parker: 2016 was actually my first Warped Tour, but I have always paid attention to the festival and have always dreamed of being apart of the energy and crowd interaction that seems to happen at Warped Tour! Its just an amazing aura!
IM: What is one thing you do that no other band does that makes you a unique choice for Warped?
FTP: We aren’t going to go out of our way to say we are any better than anyone because ANYONE can come this far with support and love from your family, friends, and fans. The thing that is unique for us at the moment is just the drive and motivation flowing through the band. We have kept this light shining bright within the confides of FTP to show and inspire the world around us. Fighting the Phoenix means to persevere in any aspect life may bring; “A Phoenix will die, only to be reborn a new from the ashes.”
IM: Looking back at past Warped Tour’s that you have attended, what’s a memory that stands out the most?
Chris King: I personally will never forget one moment; I am referring to the time I attended Warped Tour 2011(My second Warped Tour). I was seeing Of Mice & Men when Carlile approached the crowd of screaming people. He said from his heart the story that followed him, as well as how he had a dream of where he was standing. He said to follow your ambitions and your heart will never fail you; That inspired me so much so that I began pursuing my first serious band.
Kyle Parker: First thing I did when I walked in the gate was play some sort of mini game for a group for child abuse awareness and it was crazy! Running around in circles on a dance pad, that was just the beginning! After that I headed straight to the record label tents and started promoting our album, that in itself was insane just being face to face with some of the greatest musicians in the world haha. Last thing I will never forget is finally getting to see Motionless In White live. The way they controlled the crowd, I was mesmerized. Ever since then, I knew that playing Warped is something I had to do before I die.
IM: If you could do a headlining tour with two of the bands on this year’s Warped Tour, who would those bands be and why?
FTP: Blessthefall, ATTILA, I Prevail.
IM: The vibe of Warped Tour shifts and grows with each passing year. Last year they brought back a ton of older bands, and this year Kevin Lyman wanted to take the tour back to its roots. What’s the next Warped Tour trend you hope to see?
FTP: I think we can all agree that the Ernie Ball Play Vans Warped Tour 2017 battle this year is simply amazing with 41 bands winning a chance at Warped Tour, although we have a vision that we hope to see one day. Imagine if Warped Tour recruited ‘x’ amount of bands around that state to showcase on one stage as a battle during Warped. That would not only show some of that extra love towards local artists, but it would greatly push the bands to try their best. It also gives the opportunity to play one of the greatest festivals of our time. What better way to have some healthy competition between bands? Everything involved would help any band; networking, merchandising, advertising, and performance!
IM: Each year, Warped Tour has the Think TEI workshops. If you could attend one of this year’s workshops, whose would it be? Also, if you had the opportunity to teach your own workshop, what would it be about?
FTP: It’s not so much of a workshop but last year as a band we stopped by two tents that really helped us kick FTP into high-gear this year. First we stopped at HeartSupport’s tent; Giving a huge shout out to Rachel, Hannah, John, and Jake from HeartSupport for standing by us throughout this last year. HS stands to unite the growing music community against the cause of suicide. Not only have they helped us understand a greater path for our music, we have helped them raise funding towards the cause. We couldn’t be happier being apart of their team and we will do everything to help expand the cause through our music. The second, most beneficial, tent was the Stay Sick Records tent. We read that they were having an open A&R submission at their tent so we searched to find it. After finding it, the 4 of us in attendance turned in a PHYSICAL press kit hoping for the best of things to happen. (We submitted online at least twice before this) As the rep studied our package, he didn’t say much, but he did tell us he liked what we had and to keep going. This may have been a rejection or whatever anyone wants to call it; For us, its considered motivation.
IM: The music industry is a fast-paced world with lots of changes happening all the time. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be and why?
FTP: The music industry is constantly evolving but its nothing we can’t keep up with! We think many bands can agree on this but one of the most important things to us as musicians is seeing happy faces in the audience. We work very hard, as every artist should, with producing our music and the most important factor that comes into play is the audience. Without attendance and enjoyment at a show our band won’t grow, we sometimes struggle to make it to the next city, and we are challenged with saturating our own material as far as we can reach. This is the struggle of being independent but one day we hope to have support from a very awesome label and a wicked fanbase.
IM: Final comments or important information you would like to pass along to our readers?
FTP: Please continue to read this amazing publication and support the growing music community. Don’t be afraid to follow us on social media, visit our website, and keep visiting our Warped Tour page. We would like to thank Heart Support, Infectious Magazine, and everyone for your faith in us, we won’t fail you, this is just the beginning.
From the beginning, Fighting the Phoenix has strived to remain bright and honest. Standing by what they believe in. Founded in 2011, the indie metal group started to reveal the passion within as they played with larger acts in the industry. The brotherhood of 5 can’t be broken while they push to persevere against the odds.
Ballad of the Broken was just the stepping stone toward maturity as a first release. The album didn’t perform terrible, but now the quintet has brought forth their sophomore album, The Tides of Poseidon. Available May 10th, 2016, the band prepares to embark on their journey; reaching for the sky as they chase their dream and persevere.
Fast forwarding through the years of development and lineup changes, the band has secured the lineup with only a couple vocal changes. Solidifying the sound and branding the re-amped name of Fighting the Phoenix, they produced ‘Tides of Poseidon’.
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