Fatal Switch are a 5 piece Rap Metal Rock band from Montreal. They are Steve Tobin (Vocals and founding member), Ralph A Samah (drums), David Vigliotti (Bass), Max Rope (Guitarist) and Ryann Paqueo (Guitarist).
Who is your main inspiration?
No one person or band! Music is our inspiration and we aim to be as eclectic and varied as our idols. But to give you an idea of the types of musicians that have inspired us you can find a lot of the band members heavily influenced by bands like Metallica while others draw inspiration from classic hip hop roots like 2Pac. Even still, some of us would put In Flames or Children of Bodom above the rest. So, I know it’s not quite a direct answer to who is our main inspiration but that one specific answer truly doesn’t exist for the type of hybrid music we are attempting to create.
What is your songwriting process (which bits come first?)
It’s a bit different every time to be honest. Sometimes one of us comes up with a cool riff and we build around it. Other times its more of a complete idea that is presented to everyone. We also have banks of old songs and riffs we have worked on in the past that we use either as inspiration or to integrate into a song. The idea, concept and lyrics at time are what kicks things off. But no matter how the process starts it always ends with all of us taking away what we started on and modifying it until it reaches our level of perfection.
What made you want to start in music?
Music has been a part of my life from a very young age. It’s something I fell in love with early on in life idolizing the greats like Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. I was quite young when I initially started performing live on stage and since then I never really stopped. I loved listening to my dad’s vinyl collection of Pink Floyd and the first bands I got into at a very young age where Green Day and Nirvana which were great acts to aspire to. Those albums really nurtured my love of singing and writing poetry, leading me to open my mind to the realm of musical creation. It pushed me on the path to eventually transform my poetry into rap which has now solidified my role of lead vocals for Fatal Switch.
What is on the horizon for you?
We are in the midst of promoting our debut album Doctors & Demons which has a lot of moving parts to it. Awesome chats like this one are a great example to one of those parts. But also, marketing, audience building, videos, radio servicing and more are either in place or in the works. Asides from that, we are working very hard on new material for our next studio album that we plan to start recording in 2021.
Who would you most like to collaborate with (alive or dead)?
So many amazing talents out there in the world I don’t think I would ever pass up an opportunity to work with most of them. One artist I guess would be dope to work with though would be Dr Dre. I’d love to work with him because he is not only an amazing musician but an incredible producer and producers tend to bring the best out of the artist. I would be very interested to see what he would cook up on a Fatal Switch track with us.
What is your ultimate goal?
To make people question their definition of a song. The one thing I want people to get from my music is that a song can also be a story. It doesn’t have to be about personal emotions and feelings, there is an area of song writing where you can push all that aside and approach it from an intellectual stand point. I know a lot of people want to hear your pain in a song but can we not feel for ideas, for fictional characters that we watch on film and TV? My ultimate goal is to change how the mainstream views a popular song.
If you could cover any song, what would it be?
I would really love to cover Street Spirit by Radiohead. We can definitely pull that one apart and put a unique Fatal Switch spin to it. The lyrics are also quite good and makes sense with a lot of our ideas and themes.
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Tell us your funniest joke!
A neighbour saw a little girl digging a hole in her backyard. So, the neighbour asked “what are you doing there?”. The little girl replied “Digging a grave for my goldfish who died.” “I’m so sorry” replied the neighbour “but tell me, why dig a hole so big for a little fish”. The little girl wiped away a few sniffles and turned up to look her neighbour in the eyes with a deathly glare and said “ because your stupid cat ate him!!!”