Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?
“The Fair Attempts” is ultimately a reminder of me to step outside of the bounds of my comfort zone and adventure a bit. You see, for me the biggest step of the development as an artist was when I lifted my focus from making my music sound technically good, making sure the mix was great and according to all of these rules that the industry imposes on them, to focusing how they actually feel. Kind of like creating experiences for the listener. Experiences of adventure, mood and all that what ticks your brain to recreate a real space for where the music itself is happening. Music is like a multisensory experience deep in your head, and I think at best, it can tick some of the primordial nerves within that, like a language, can have us imagine in similar ways.
To me, it’s experiences and sense of adventure that merges with creativity. You got to take that step into the unknown while anchoring yourself to your roots with another. Like a union between that what is fundamental to your character and the pure joy of progressing forward with something that is new. And in the process of that lies humility. You humble yourself to step into the unknown, and you have to accept your potential failures. Even before you begin with it, the act itself implies that.
True creativity then lies in the elusive point between the two. This is the anchor point for “The Fair Attempts”. For I want to remind myself of where my focus should stay at all times. It’s to take you to an adventure and tell you a great story through it.
That’s how I first came to the name, but it has another layer of meaning that’s not just for me, but for all our listeners. Our music is full of themes of oppression, struggle, and perseverance. The meaning of “The Fair Attempts” for all of us is that when you’re living in a state of oppression and you make any fair attempt to fight back, you are persevering.
Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?
Well, we are a husband-and-wife project. How I met Starwing? Long story short, she flew all the way from Canada to Finland to start a new life, and I was into all things occult, and through this shared interest we eventually met and began our journey together. She and I actually met the first time in a dream, believe it or not. She and I make a cool couple, you know. I can say I’m so metal I’ve had inverted cross in my tongue from age 3, and she can say she’s so goth she is actually allergic to sunlight. That’s pretty funny actually.
Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?
NIN definitely defined my path to do industrial rock. I absolutely adored the energy. Likewise, many other bands from other genres have defined my approach to making music. See, I don’t try to sound like any of these bands, but rather create my own unique sound that translates through all of my expression. Just like NIN does. You know it’s NIN rather quick when you put on an album to play.
Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?
I set my goals to be a musician and play in a band since I was 15. Before that, I didn’t really have any goals in life other than fool around and be a nuisance to my environment. For Starwing, she had ambition to be in a band, and she formed a band with some friends when she was only 14. The funny thing is they wrote a lot of lyrics but none of them knew how to play an instrument. She says they were like Bill and Ted. Later, she developed other plans until we were married.
What songs or albums are on your current playlist?
I’ve been playing Metric’s Formentera over and over again. Such a great album.
Do you sing in the shower?
I do the quiet parts in the shower. Medium ones I sing all around our home. Louder ones I rather do in the car while I’m driving. It’s a great place to train to sing and scream, and you get to multitask that way.
Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?
Yes. I’m always scheming something. We’ve been working on an EP for the past year and we’re getting ready to promote that, for one. We always make more music than we can release at one time, so there’s definitely more to come next year.
Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?
Oh yes! We are working hard to release a new EP. More on that later. I bet you guys would love it!
If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?
Somewhere close to home so I can get back quick. I’m such a hermit, and I enjoy just being at home with our kitties.
Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?
10,000 Days by Tool. It’s just a perfect album in many ways. These guys are so talented it never gets old.
Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?
Nah, I don’t feel guilty of listening to something I enjoy.
If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?
It’s hard to say really because I think you cannot make the greatest show on earth by simply spamming great bands on to the stage. It takes an entire town to make the greatest show happen, I think. Then you have to start entertaining a question “according to who?” It really depends. What a silly question really. I cannot answer that in true honesty.
Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?
It must have been Irreligious by Moonspell. I have no idea where the CD is today. I was maybe 14 years, and my teen years were rather wild.
As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?
Thank you for all the love and support you’ve been giving through these years! It’s a joy every single time to chat with you.
Finally, let us know all your social media sites so your fans, old and new, can find and follow/like you!
You can find all of our social media sites and more from our link tree at:
We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?
First, thank you for this opportunity to tell more about us and our projects. I want to add that all our songs have a universal message or meaning, but they also all relate to a future world we envision. Starwing is also writing a book series called “Machine Dreaming” about that world. Some songs are from the perspective of one or more characters, and sometimes that even influences the costumes I wear.
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