Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
We created the name and the idea of the band in 2007. Kevin, Dave, and SJ are the founding members. Sean the singer was the final addition in 2007
Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?
Sean was in a local band that didn't work out for him and was seeking a more relatable group. We all lived in the same town.
How would you categorize the style of the band?
High energy, head banging, sing and scream along.
What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands’ sound?
Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed were big on our early influences. Then later came even heavier music and pop music. Like August Burns Red and Don Brocco
Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release?
It's an epic tale of a young Prince who comes into power. Heavy riffs and tasty licks with powerful drum parts and strong vocal layering.
Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?
John Moyer (Disturbed) was involved in both the writing and recording process for our album Glory. John will also be heavily involved with our new music coming in 2020.
Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?
Kevin and Dave are the main song writers.
How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
We've always been the best of friends. Seems to be a bonus that we're able to play in a band together. Our new music will have more a pop influence.
Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
Feeling mostly. We have many influences. When we write a song it flows pretty naturally.
How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?
High rating. Our lyrics are what define us.
What are your current tour plans, if any?
Putting out new music in 2020. A tour will follow.
Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?
High energy with a lights and 3 part harmonies.
Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?
Most radio stations I'm sure have plenty of music they need to fit in their playlists. Also often times from what I've seen and heard, most new local bands aren't good. It takes years of fine tuning and failing to create music people like and are willing to play on their programs.
What do you think of the music industry right now?
Aim to impress someone in the first 10 seconds. Because often that's the only amount of time you'll get. The industry is constantly changing. Stay in front of the curve.
Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
Having our label to help support our endeavors is the only thing that has kept gas in the tank.
Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
There's a lot of bands out there and not much talent. I'd hate to come off as arrogant or pretentious. But it's hard to bring fans to a show where the bands before us and after us are really bad or boring. I'm not knocking anyone for trying to play music. Music has gotten me through the hardest times. Seems that most local promotion companies care very little about the sound of the acts, more concerned about how many tickets they will sell. Which is understood, that's the promoters job.
Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?
The Fuzz is a local group from New Jersey that blows us away every time they play.
How has Social Media impacted your band?
We do a weekly live stream performance every Wednesday at 8pm EST on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch.tv. Social media has helped us spread the word of AFA.
Where can our readers find you on the web?
Follow us on Spotify, New music coming out Christmas 2019 then in 2020. All social media platforms are updated daily
What equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?
We're huge gear heads. All of us have Shure wireless gear. In-ears, microphones, instrument. Guitars are both running through Axe-fx II preamps. DW drums. Endorsed by TRX cymbals.
Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?
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