Following their sell out show at Sutton in Ashfield, DTF caught up with FM vocalist/guitarist Steve Overland.
Formed in the summer of 1984, FM have been around for quite a while now despite a hiatus of 10 years as members pursued a variety of other opportunities. FM came back with a bang in 2007 appearing at Firefest at Nottingham’s Rock City and launching part 2 of their careers.
10 studio albums and a reputation for their awesome live performances, FM continue to go from strength to strength with new material and a shed load of awesome songs still being enjoyed by thousands of AOR loving audiences worldwide.
WELL IT WAS SOME SHOW THE DIAMOND! A BIT HOT… AND YOU GUYS WERE ON FIRE TOO – WHAT KEEPS YOU TOURING?
Yes, we really enjoyed the gig, we’ve been doing festivals so it was great to do such a close up and personal show.
Touring is still a great kick for us and you never get tired of the audience’s reaction to the songs you’ve written, they’ve grown up with them, it was fun.
I KNOW THERE ARE CROWD FAVOURITES BUT YOU HAVE SUCH A BIG BACK CATALOGUE OF TRULY GREAT SONGS, HOW DO YOU PUT THE SET LIST TOGETHER FOR LIVE SHOWS? IS THERE A SONG YOU ARE GETTING TIRED OF PLAYING?
It’s tough picking sets, they change so many times in rehearsal. You can never please everyone, but we do our best to change things around.
It’s the reaction to the songs you can never get tired of, even if you have played some of them a million times.
YOU MENTIONED YOU WERE PLANNING ANOTHER STUDIO ALBUM. IS IT ALL WRITTEN YET?
THE LAST ALBUM HEROES AND VILLAINS DEFINITELY HAD A MORE MODERN TWIST TO IT WHILST RETAINING THE FM SOUND ESPECIALLY THE TWIN GUITARS, IS THIS THE WAY THE NEW MATERIAL IS GOING ALSO?
We never consciously set out to record an album in any particular style or direction, we just write loads of songs for each album and pick the best tunes. We try to make the albums as current as we can, sound and production wise, it’s important not to get stuck in your ways.
HOW DO YOU WRITE NOW? DO YOU LOCK YOURSELVES AWAY IN THE STUDIO OR IS IT MORE OF AN INDIVIDUAL PROCESS?
We write in a lot of different ways, some band tracks, and I write and demo a lot of the tunes but to get the FM sound, everyone puts there stamp on it.
YOU HAVE TOURED WITH SOME PRETTY AWESOME BANDS OVER THE YEARS. IS THERE ONE TOUR THAT IS MORE MEMORABLE THAN OTHERS?
We’ve had some great times touring with some massive bands, if I had to pick a stand out tour, it would probably be the “Slippery When Wet” tour with Bon Jovi.
It was great being on the road with them when they became the biggest rock band in the world, the gigs were mad.
ANY BAND PAST OR PRESENT YOU WOULD LIKE OR HAVE LIKED TO BE ON THE ROAD WITH?
We’ve been so lucky, a lot of the bands I grew up with, I’ve been on the road with or worked with, Bon Jovi, Tina Turner, Journey, Toto, Foreigner, Bad Company, Whitesnake and festivals with so many more, I really can’t think of anybody, maybe the Eagles but we really have been fortunate.
LOOKING BACK OVER THE YEARS IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY?
There are always things you would have done differently in hindsight, we have great fans, and after a 10 year break we are now as big as we ever were, so we are just enjoying every moment of it.
No regrets, you learn from your mistakes.
WHAT ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO NEW BANDS COMING THROUGH?
Advice I would give, wow! the business is so much different to when we started, but just stick to what you do well, don’t be distracted by trends, great songs and music always comes through.
IF YOU COULD RECOMMEND JUST ONE OF YOUR ALBUMS TO SOMEONE NOT FAMILIAR WITH FM, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
It’s a strange one with all the albums we’ve made, they all have something unique about them and every fan will have their favourite.
For me, I loved “Tough it out” and the last album “Heroes and Villains”, but for so many it’s the first record “Indiscreet”, I think to really know the band ,you should listen to all of them!