Los Angeles California’s “The Fifth Fire” is one of the most unique acts in all of Music, and their story is one you have to hear to believe! They have been performing all across the United States, for the last 6 years, and
their mere existence is a testament to the will of the human spirit. Just when you think you have the answers, the questions change! Their sound is a genre bending experience that must be undertaken in a variety of forms, in order to be truly understood. They took time out of their busy schedule to tell us about The Fifth Fire. Here is what they had to say:
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Our sound is a blend of several influences, and is not limited to strictly, Music. We are influenced by film, literature, and other forms of expression. Alternative is usually the way we describe our "style", which is mostly just to establish a familiarity, and less an entirely accurate description of what we do. We are somewhat determined to integrate as many genres as possible.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Aside from being the title of the first Song we ever wrote, in Native American Lore, the Anishinaabe Prophecy, spoke of the 7 fires. It marked phrases and epochs, in the lives of the Natives of Turtle Island, better known as North America. The prophet pontificated that The Fifth Fire, would bring the arrival of a polarizing figure, who would at first appear a hero, but soon be revealed to be a false deity. In our Nietzchean inspired ideology, we found this entire premise to be utterly fascinating.
What Are or Have been Your Musical Influences?
They are constantly being updated. At our core, artists like The Doors, Nirvana, Joy Division and many others were quite influential to our work.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We are preparing for Touring this Summer, and hopefully our follow up to our debut LP, Melolagnia, in the Fall!
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
We would like to integrate and unite. People are stronger when there is at least some sense of unification. We want the metalhead to stand next to the R&B enthusiast and bond over something, if that happens to be our Music, well, that is just Great!
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
It would be a different answer from all of us. We have a new Song we are still waiting to debut that I won't give away the title to for that reason. We are having a blast with it so far though! Also, "Mr.Cautious", is always quite moving and engrossing. It never seems to get old, though we have done it at nearly every show for 6 years!
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
Our lineup changes. It's unfortunate, and makes you feel quite strange and concerned at times. We just hope people will look at our story, and get the message that if you believe in something strongly enough, don't let it die.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
It's not all that typical, really. It usually starts with an idea, and builds from there. But the origin of the idea is almost always derived from a different source than the one before!
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Honestly, a Great deal. It is the medium in which we have reached the most people with not only our Music, but our existence. Social Media is a lot like alcohol. It can be a source of affectionate and effective communication, but when abused or overly indulged in, stupefying and regressive.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
It would be a different answer from all of us. Speaking for myself, I am currently enjoying Brand New and The Polyphonic Spree!
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
A variety of things. Retail, Culinary, Factory Work. We feel we have a decent comprehension of the plight of the common man, and for that we are quite thankful.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Take risks. Do not be afraid of standing out. Embrace the aspects of your Music you feel are most likely to be rejected or misunderstood, because you are usually wrong about those sorts of things in the first place! And make sure, you really, really want it. Because sometimes it can be hard to have fun, but remember, you are always supposed to....
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
We would do what we could to eradicate the "connections" aspect. We would create as level a playing field as possible. We would encourage artists to take more risks, and consume as much Music as possible. We would do our Best to create a system in which artists can receive more consistent compensation, so they could dedicate more of their time to their art. We would also do what we could to desegregate audiences based on Genre and Culture.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
That it should be analyzed a little as possible, while also being rewarded and acknowledged as much as possible. Being yourself and not a replica of another person's mind, should be rather involuntary to say the least.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Be good to each other. Live out loud, and for goodness sakes, LISTEN to The Fifth Fire!!!!!!
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