INTERVIEW: Fates Maze
by Cyrus Rhodes
Gothic Dreams by Fate’s Maze is an impressive musical production from start to finish. It’s strong suit – the amazing creative genius of Tim Carlson. He possesses enough musical talent and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. The music is clean, goes down smooth, and is full of amazing musical soundscapes that come at you from every direction. The messages are passionate, honest, and amazingly witty - all from a brilliantly zany perspective. The true meaning of some of these songs is buried deep within the lyrical content and is not so easily pinned down the first listen. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Fate’s Maze is one of those artists/bands.
IMD What do you want fans to take from your music?
FM The music on the Gothic Dreams CD portrays dramatic circumstances. Fairy tales, nightmares, heroic endeavors, stories of love, faith and hope. We want our fans to get lost in the moment with the music and explore the stories in the lyrics, experience the moods, rhythms and soundscapes.
IMD Who are some of your top musical influences?
FM Blue Oyster Cult, Pink Floyd, Flowing Tears, Rush, Deep Purple, Lacuna Coil, UFO. Xandria's early recordings especially those released on MP3.com and their first CD “Kill the Sun”.
IMD What was the best concert you have ever been to?
FM Blue Oyster Cult, Rush & REO Speedwagon (back when BOC still had the Laser light show). A close second and more recent was a Black Sabbath reunion concert with Pantera. I attended the Meet and Greet for Pantera. The crowd featured a real wide range of ages and sang along with almost every Black Sabbath song.
IMD Tell us a bit about your latest CD – how does it differ from the others? What inspired the band name?
FM Gothic Dreams is Fate's Maze's debut CD. One catch phrase we have used to describe it is “Hard Rock with veins of metal and darkness”. The Gothic Dreams CD is the first step in defining the band and a great learning experience. Future single releases and the next CD will almost certainly feature more female vocals, fewer cover songs and more guitar. The band name, Fate's Maze, is the result of a search that lasted several months. All manner of names were considered, everything from names of Greek mythological entities, classical musical terms, anagrams and modern slang. The name Fate's Maze won out for several reasons. It is reasonably short and able to comfortably fit on a drum head or a banner. It is easy to spell and remember and the domain name was available! :-) But most important is that we feel it fits with the style of music. It rings of destiny and choices influenced by complex circumstance. The struggle of life that all creatures endure (with all the joy and the sorrow that life can bring).
"We want our fans to get lost in the moment with the music
and explore the stories in the lyrics,
experience the moods, rhythms and soundscapes.
- Fates Maze -
IMD What’s the best and worst things about being an Independent Artist from Minnesota?
FM The worst thing about being an Independent Artist from Minnesota is not receiving the same level of respect and access that a band from Los Angeles, New York City, Or Nashville would get. Although I believe that the Midwest has a better reputation than most other parts of the country when it comes to a music community and opportunity. The best thing has to be the diverse music community which has produced quite a few notable musicians: Prince, Bob Dylan, Gypsy, Soul Asylum, Semisonic, Dare Force, The Replacements, Owl City...
IMD Can you tell us about how the band met and formed? Fate's Maze recently started as a recording project founded by Tim Carlson. Tracy became associated with Fate's Maze through a Craigslist ad. We are currently seeking a guitarist for live performances and so Tim can concentrate on keyboards and vocals.
FM What’s the best thing about performing live? The energy, adrenaline, and the focus on the music. Being a part of a living machine with everything colored by the music. It feels like another level of being. Track 11 on the CD “Live & Love & Rock n Roll” is very much about the live experience: “Drummer holds a perfect beat, streams converge I feel complete, one is all and all is one, time stands still, we've just begun”
IMD Is there a song on your latest release yours that stands out as being your personal favorite? Why?
FM It has been said at least a few times before that songs you create are like your children and it is hard to pick a favorite. I guess “Find a Way” would be the favorite. It is the song written most from personal experience and should be the second single from the CD. The first single is the first track “Thinking of You” which will be distributed to independent radio stations later this year. It is considered more radio friendly so was chosen to be the first single.
IMD Any more touring scheduled to support? If so how long is the tour? No tours planned at this time. Hopefully some local live shows in the not to distant future.
FM What’s next for Fate’s Maze? We are currently in the early planning stages of making promotional videos and live shows. We are really looking forward to getting out and playing live.
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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