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A Dirty Dozen with CHRIS WATT of FIRE FOLLOWS – June 2019

 

According to a recent press release: “Fire Follows is a solo artist out of Colorado. Writing, performing, and producing all elements of the music, Chris Watt is a world class musician that is sure to be a star within the hard-rock/metal genres. He has a backstory that will offer hope and encouragement to all those who hear. Signing a deal with Pavement Entertainment, his debut EP, If It’s War You Want, was released on May 31, 2019. All five songs are considered singles and emanate from the loss and triumph endured over the last decade. This EP is sure to turn ears within the industry and offer hope to all those who hear the music.” We get Chris to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

This is the debut release for Fire Follows. The lyrics are a reflection of what I’ve experienced over the last decade, including vocal paralysis and an unwanted absence from the music scene. Learning the details of what has gone on over the last 10 years will shed light on much of the lyrical messaging.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My dad is a drummer, mom is a singer/songwriter, so it was always a pretty natural thing.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I still remember hearing “Poem” by Taproot when I was in high school. I had never heard anything like it before, and thought, “WTF is this! It definitely set the stage for the type of music I would eventually create.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

In no particular order… Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Trapt, Flaw, and Three Days Grace. But, the fifth spot is always a revolving door.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

This is almost impossible to answer, but… Either Chris Volz from Flaw, or Ben Burnley from Breaking Benjamin. Chris more so from a lyrical standpoint, and Ben more so from an overall composition perspective.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I always describe it as Heavy Melodic Rock. All of these songs are somewhat designed to be played exclusively on piano or acoustic guitar, so maintaining a highly melodic structure is very important. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever cringed, I just think huh, ok lol. I think most people are pretty spot on with their assessments.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

To be honest, I think it can be more frustrating than rewarding at times, especially with the expectations that I have for my music. At the end of the day, there is no better feeling than creating something from nothing, and that is what music allows you to do. Performing is fun, but writing, creating, and producing is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever experienced.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

The band is just me, but I’ll definitely bring the Jack and Coors Light haha.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Hmmm, I don’t know if this qualifies as start struck, but I saw Shim perform in Colorado Springs a few months ago, and holy @$%#, that guy is a monster!

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Professional Motocross Racer… it’s the most bad ass sport of all time.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Only like a million lol… but for real, I think it all works out the way it’s supposed to. The lead line in the bridge of Loaded Gun says, “Looking back I swear I wouldn’t change a thing…” And I really do mean this. Going through the vocal paralysis was the worst thing ever, but I wouldn’t be the musician, producer, or person I am today had I not walked through that fire.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Probably Breaking Benjamin’s first album. It was just such a game changer for me, and those guys were so young at the time… it would be cool to watch it all unfold.

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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