Fiction Plane InterviewBy Sindy
Sindy, here! I admit it, I am not a pop princess. I'm into the more moody, thrashy tunes - which is why I really dig this UK band, Fiction Plane. They're real, you know. All music, all moody, all the time. I scored a phone interview with Fiction Plane's guitarist, Seton Daunt (the rest of the band was with him, just chillin', while Seton did the talking.) Check it out!
Sindy:How did you guys all meet and form the band?Seton:The bass player, Dan Brown, met Joe Sumner around high school age. They both listened to stuff like Nirvana and ended up starting their own band. Dan and I later formed a band. Joe was not living in England at that time. Then, Joe came back and we started something with the three of us, cuz we all knew each other. We went by the name Santa's Boyfriends for about a year. The name Fiction Plane came from a song Joe had written. To us it means a place you can lose yourself and that's how we feel about music.
Sindy:How did you guys hook up with Pete, your drummer, because he is the only one not from the UK?Seton:It was a stroke of luck. Our record was produced by David Kahne. He's a fantastic guy who helped us come together on the record. He's friends with the drummer for Saturday Night Live, who used to teach Pete and he told them about us. Pete auditioned for Joe, and right away, we knew he'd be great with us.
Sindy:With Sting being Joe's dad, Joe obviously grew up around music, but what about you and Dan? How old were you guys when you started to play instruments and get into music?Seton:Dan had piano lessons as a kid, so did I. Most kids in England have them starting at around six or seven years old, usually. I actually hated piano. But, at about 14, I picked up a guitar and that was it. I loved it.
Sindy:Do you find the fact that Joe has a famous musical father an asset or a hindrance and how?Seton: Doesn't really make a difference either way. It's not really impacted us at all. We're perfectly happy with the position we're in.
Sindy: In previous interviews, Nirvana has been listed as an influence. Is there any other group that has influenced your style of music.Seton:Well, when we were younger and getting into music, we were also big fans of Smashing Pumpkins and not just Nirvana but all that kind of Seattle grunge scene music. For me, when I was quite a bit younger, it was Bob Dylan and Jimmy Hendrix because that was what my mum listened to and I listend to what she was playing.