Introducing: Fatal Switch

Montreal-based Rap/Metal/Rock hybrid band Fatal Switch have just released their debut album ‘Doctors & Demons’ and we caught up with the band to discuss all things Fatal Switch-related.

DGM: What are the origins of the band, and how long have you been playing together?

FS: Ironically, the official members of Fatal Switch were acquired after the first album was recorded. Session musicians performed the songs while my producer and I brought to life the vision of a hybrid sound that I had created. I then used the recordings like a business card to acquire the musicians that make up the current band. We have been together for a couple of years now, promoting the first album while creating content for our second album.

DGM: How did you feel performing your first gig? And how was it?

FS: It felt amazing! It’s always a blast to get up on stage and feel the energy of the crowd. The gig went really well, and we were happy to share the live version of our music that we had worked so hard on perfecting.

DGM: What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe yourselves?

FS: We are groovy and heavy. We are where rap, metal and rock collide, with carefully crafted storytelling. Each track is meant to entertain and take the listener’s mind on a fantastic and somewhat cinematic journey. The whole album has a concept and we’ve demonstrated this throughout with themes of aliens, robots, cyborgs, war, child soldiers, domestic abuse and above all else ‘Doctors & Demons’, the title of the debut album.

DGM: The new music scene is bursting at the seams with fresh talent. In what ways do you feel a band has to stand out from the others trying to build a name?

FS: A band can’t be afraid to be different and try things that aren’t mainstream. If you don’t stick out from the crowd you can easily get lost in the crowd. Finding your own path, getting outside your comfort zone and outside the box, to me, are all key things every band should be doing. And, of course, networking. I began networking before I even began recording, because without a team to support you it’s going to be very difficult to make any progress in this industry.

DGM: What are you working on at the moment that people can check out?

FS: We’ve just released our debut album (recorded with Kevin Jardine) along with our latest single, both titled ‘Doctors & Demons’. The video is pretty dope as well, featuring suicide girl Stiletto Thunder Kiss.

DGM: What band out there at the moment do you feel that you would be best suited to open for?

FS: Rage Against the Machine were recently going back on tour and I think we would fit perfectly with them as an opening act. We have a similar type of sound and approach to blending hip hop with heavy guitar that I think their fans would appreciate.

DGM: Who do you feel will be the next band to break out?

FS: I don’t know if this counts as they have already had huge success, but Crazy Town X are making a comeback and re-emerging on the scene. They recently released a dope song called ‘The Life I Chose’ that truly highlights their heavy sound. Crazy talented dudes.

DGM: What are your first musical memories? And what was the light bulb moment that made you go “I want to do that!”

FS: I first sang on stage when I was four years old to a crowd of a few hundred people, and from that point on it was something that I wanted to do. Before I ever saw a band live, or heard my favourite artist, turning myself into one was something that I was already in the process of doing.

DGM: What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?

FS: Slipknot at Knotfest. It was unbelievable as always. Those guys blow me away every time I see them.

DGM: What is the album that you have in your collection or Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?

FS: I think every time I mention Sneaker Pimps it kind of throws people off. But they are truly one of my favourite bands.

DGM: What are your plans for the remainder of 2020?

FS: Find a vaccine for COVID so life can go back to normal! In the meantime, get as many people as possible to listen to our album ‘Doctors & Demons’ and continue writing new material. There’s still a fair bit of 2020 left, so I’m excited to see where the rest of the year leads us.

DGM: How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?

FS: We are always available on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Not terribly active on Twitter or TikTok, but you can find us there as well. If you want to give our music a listen to here’s a link: https://fatalswitch.fanlink.to/doctors-and-demons

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