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Fearpassage Interview


Interview Date – 15th August 2011

Interviewer – Phill Bruce

There are some good band emerging from America and Fearpassage is one of them. I got chance to catch up with Michael Fear of Fearpassage and here’s how it went.

Phill – Hi Michael, firstly may I thank you for giving Grave Concerns Ezine this interview. Can you tell us a little bit of a background about yourself and where in this beautiful world you are from?

Michael – Thank you Phill, I am a big fan of Grave Concerns first off! My name is Michael Fear of Fearpassage, from Orlando, Florida U.S.

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Michael Fear of Fearpassage

Phill – What is the inspiration behind the name Fearpassage?

Michael – We all have fears, whether people will admit it or not. I grew up with social anxiety and a problem with showing my emotions and this project is an outlet for that. Fearpassage is therapy for me and if anyone can relate, they are more than welcome.

Phill – What is the alternative scene like in Orlando?

Michael – No comment. Ok, I'll give you one....No one here supports Fearpassage, so I support no one here.

Phill – At what point in your life did you decide to form your band and why?

Michael – I first started playing guitar in 1992, took up synths in 1994. After a few years of playing I finally joined a project in the late 90’s, never really went anywhere at all though. In 1999 I got my first DAW, Cubase and started composing songs right away. Spent a few more years in the early 2000’s with a few more projects, nothing ever materializing really. I started the Fearpassage concept(mostly name), in 2004. It has been a great release of my personal demons, it has become very beneficial therapy for me. The idea with Fearpassage is not to over produce, which is so easy these days to put 50-100 tracks, tons of different plugins and such. I simply have to let out what is troubling me and I hope people can feel the emotion and sometimes fears that went into it.


The main man himself Michael Fear

Phill – So how do your inner fears and demons manage to manifest themselves in your music?

Michael – That's actually hard for me to talk in person about but easier musically and lyrically. Whether or not it becomes a worth while song is another question indeed. LOL!

Phill – I like your principle not to over produce, what releases have you produced so far with Fearpassage?

Michael – Many songs over the years, but I never officially made a release. I figured the music is made out of my own pain and if it's not worthy of being signed to a label then I doubted anyone would find it palatable.

Phill – Who besides yourself is in the band and what background are they from?

Michael – I am the one and only member of Fearpassage.

Phill – Do you have anyone else with you when you perform live on stage?

Michael – Last year I had a bandmate, but we just didn't work out creatively. I really don't want to play any shows until I can find some live only members.

Phill – At any point have you ever felt that you could use another pair of hands within Fearpassage?

Michael – I have given that thought at times, especially when I feel in a rut. Problem is I don't work well with others. I would like to possibly add some live members perhaps.

Phill – What are your musical influences?

Michael – I was first influenced by music in the mid 80’s. The typical bands at that time, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Skinny Puppy, Peter Murphy, Morrisey and The Smiths, Sisters of Mercy, Mission UK, Front line Assembely, Front 242, New Order, Joy Division, Duran Duran, A ha, and I’m sure I’m leaving a bunch more out, but you get the picture.

I still love and listen to all those bands, along with some of my other favourite bands, most of all Wumpscut and Project Pitchfork. I also have to confess I really like synth pop as well, but don’t hold that against me, LOL!

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Michael, the man the prevayer of FEAR

Phill – The eighties was a melting pot of different music styles, which style has had the most influence on the music of Fearpassage?

Michael – Synth Pop, no doubt. Some people came to Industrial from punk, some metal, some goth.

Phill – I won’t hold it against you in any way, so what is it you like about the synth pop style?

Michael – I've always loved to dance(snicker,lol), and how can you not love bands like Wolfsheim and DeVision. I wish I could sing that well.

Phill - Where do you see your band in five years and what are your hopes for the future?

Michael – Well…I just signed with Shinto Records and that has been a wonderful experience. I hope we both grow stronger in the future. My only hope in the future is that I can continue to grow as a songwriter and touch people with my songs. I will always make music though, because I need it for my own therapy.

Phill – Well done on your signing to Shinto Records, how did it all come about getting signed?

Michael – Oni Sakti first contacted me on MySpace and we got to chatting on Facebook and we really hit it off. He's a really great guy and all about Shinto being a family, art before profit.

Phill – Is there any way in which you can foresee yourself growing musically?

Michael – If I can expand on my music theory, which is sorely lacking I'm afraid. To take things to the next level, I have to become an actual musician. I hope to be considered an artist, but I'm no musician yet.

Phill – Is there any place or venue you would like to play at and why?

Michael - Of course would love to play all the European Festivals, from this side of the Atlantic it seems the our scene is much more popular in Europe.

Kinetic Festival in Montreal, that has been around for a few years and seems to be growing stronger every year.

Phill – Do you prefer to play festivals and large gigs or more personal smaller venues?

Michael – Ha!! First I have to try those out! By default I'll have to say smaller venues, but I'm ready and willing for the others, LOL!


The forthcoming release Our Children from Fearpassage. Indulge yourself in some true industrial FEAR

Phill – Is there any particular festival in Europe you would like to play?

Michael – Just to be considered for anything would be a true thrill!

Phill – How do you feel the alternative scene has changed since you began with Fearpassage if at all?

Michael – I'm not a big fan of the EBM all the young people are into now, Terror EBM or whatever the correct genre name is. Obviously Combichrist would be the leader of the scene in my opinion. I will say though, they(Combi) put on a stellar show.

Phill – Is there any venue that you have played that holds good memories for you?

Michael – To be honest not yet.

Phill – Without giving too much away is there any instrument or program you wouldn’t be without and why?

Michael – Over the years, I’ve owned nearly all the analog and virtual analog synths that have been made( I don’t suggest that revolving gear disease), and I would have to say here in 2011 the most important thing for me is my Mac by far.

Phill – What is it about the Mac, I have noticed that so many musicians use it?

Michael – I have had my tower for 5 years, never had a single problem with it in all that time. I used PC before that, and I had many problems from audio drivers, software and viruses.

Phill – Have you any advice for aspiring artists?

Michael – There are an incredible amount of bands nowadays due to technology, if your doing it for the love of the music, all the best to you. If your doing it to get famous then, ha! good luck with that. I would suggest just be who you are and not another copycat band, because you will get lost in masses.

Phill – So tell me what is there to Orlando apart from the usual tourist attractions?

Michael – Well Phill....Uh.....Ummm......Extreme heat and humidity for 9 months of the year.

Phill – Whilst looking on the internet the other day we came across glow in the dark toilet paper, have you ever been surfing the internet and found something so silly you couldn’t help but laugh?

Michael – I have to say, I think you came across real winner! To tell the truth, I hate web surfing. Just keeping up with Fearpassage on social networks is more than enough time staring at a screen.

Phill – While on the subject of the internet what is your most frequently visited site and for what reason?

Michael – Facebook of course.

Phill – What television program do you like the most?

Michael – I watch TV for entertainment, so I would say Family Guy. I also indulge in all of Gordon Ramsey's shows. I think he has 5 of them, bloody hard worker, heh!

Phill – What is your most watched DVD?

Michael – I would say my all time favorite DVD is Velvet Goldmine, tough to decide though.

Phill – Thank you so much for giving Grave Concerns this interview, is there anything you would like to add?

Michael – The debut is being mastered at this time, should be a release very soon. I look forward to all you guys do at Grave Concerns and I am humbled you offered me a chance to be apart.

Congratulations and good luck on your record signing Michael. I hope to hear more of you in the UK soon. Take care

All the best Phill!

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