Toronto based indie-rock quartet, The Fame, were born from online ads, and unlikely situations, proudly echoing the sounds of the 90’s, and 00’s rock scene. They are rapidly propelling a new wave of guitar-based indie music forward.  

They sat down with GIGsoup today and shared their insights, inspiration and what has contributed to their success so far. Read the the full interview below and check out their latest single, “Cherry Lipstick”!

What advice would you give other musicians? 

Our advice would be to focus on the music first, let all the other bullshit come second. If you have music you are proud of, and people can relate too, the rest will fall into place. You just need to be dedicated, and willing to do whatever it takes.

Can you talk to us about the inspiration for your latest single ‘Cherry Lipstick’? 

Cherry Lipstick is heavily inspired by the 90s indie/alt rock sound. Brandon brought the song in, and our producer Brian Moncarz took it to another level. When putting this song together in the studio we drew on inspiration from bands like Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, & Weezer mostly. We tried to make it as big & booming as possible.

How has your community contributed to your success? 

The music community in Toronto has helped contribute tremendously to our success mostly by supporting our live shows, and staying connected with people involved in the community from fans, to promoters, to bartenders & sound engineers. Everyone stays in touch, talks, and that allows for new & better opportunities. It’s important to do for any artist.

Describe to our audience your music-making process.

Brandon usually comes in with an idea, most of the time he has a chord progression with a melody, and a rough idea of what his vision for the song is. Then we all jam it, and write our parts, and work together to finish the song together. 

How did it feel when you released your debut single? 

Unexplainable. First hearing the song debut on a major radio station (94.9 The Rock) was an indescribable experience. It was very emotional for us. After all we have been through as a band, starting from nothing, to hearing your music on a major radio station for the first time with thousands of listeners is a crazy experience. A proud moment for sure.

If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?

Too many to name, but John Frusciante, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher, Thome Yorke & Julian Casablancas would all be on the list. Those people are some of our biggest inspirations, and have helped contribute to our personal growth the most.

What first got you interested into music? 

For all of us, it was the first time we had heard a certain band or a certain song. It was a euphoric moment, when you just felt something pulling you in, or it just made sense. We all had that sort of moment, and the next day you just go out, and buy a guitar. That is how it happened to all of us. It stirs something up inside of you, and you become obsessed with it.