FATAL SWITCH

About Fatal Switch

Who are the members of Fatal Switch?

FS: Fatal Switch consist of founding member and frontman Steve Tobin,

Bassist David Vigliotti,

Drummer Ralph A Samah and

Guitarist’s Max Rope and Ryan Paqueo. 

How & When did Fatal Switch form?

FS: The band officially formed at the end 2017 after the first album was already recorded. A bit unusual of a process but things fell apart before I headed into studio to make the record and I found myself with just my former bassist (at the time) and session musicians to bring the Fatal Switch vision to life. And though it was never my intention to make an album this way I was very grateful to have found a way to see it through so that I could source the right members for the project. So, with this forward momentum I was able to use the music we created in the studio to find the official band members to preform the fist album live while we create some incredible new material for our second record slated for 2021. 

Where was the first place Fatal Switch performed?

FS: The first place Fatal Switch ever played was a hole in the wall called L’entre Nous. A really groovy band from North Carolina was coming up to Montreal to connect with our producer and while they were north of the border, we decided to throw a quick show together. We both played a wicked set. It was a very fun and memorable night with a great turn out of people who came out to support us despite the short notice. It also solidified our name as a band and deepened our chemistry.

What inspired each of you to start music?

Max: I always appreciated the guitar from a young age. Whenever my uncles would play at family gatherings it would leave me mesmerized. My ear was mainly attracted to heavier bands like Sabbath/Ozzy, System of a Down, Korn, etc… Then at age 15 after working some summer jobs I finally saved up enough money to afford my first guitar. And within a few weeks I had found myself learning song after song as my passion for the guitar grew in new ways, leading me on the path to being a professional musician.

Ralph: As my parents and 2 older brothers played music (one of whom turned into an RnB star) I naturally grew up in a very musical environment. You didn’t have to look far for an instrument in the house, it was filled with guitars to piano and even drums! Music runs deep in my family so I guess it was inevitable that I too would one day get into music. Then I came across a band called Metallica and the drummer Lars Ulrich really inspired me to become a professional drummer and ignited my passion to be in a Rock band. He is my idol. Asides from being born around music he is one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to start playing professionally.

Ryann: Well four different factors really contributed to my journey as a musician. The first one is my mother. At a young age she made me learn the piano but I was kind of turned off by all the soft love songs my piano teacher made me learn so I had to learn more interesting songs like the Terminator theme on my own. The second person who inspired me to be a musician (and write songs) was my cousin. He introduced me to his black Ibanez GRX20Z, Smashing Pumpkins, Joe Satriani and Metallica. The third thing that lit my fuse for music was my first live rock experience at a high school dance where I first encountered the thrill of a mosh pit. And last but definitely not least would be the day that I heard Basketcase by Green Day on the radio. I immediately grabbed the first guitar within reach and learnt how to play my very first song of many to come on the guitar. 

David: What inspired me to get into music is simple. Ever since I started listening to heavy metal and rock music, I wanted to learn how to play guitar. The first song I ever heard that blew me away and threw me into music was Seek and Destroy. Metallica was 100% the main reason why I got into music and started playing guitar. I started playing guitar when I was 15 years old and then started playing bass when I was 23 years old. Since getting into rock and heavy metal I’ve listened to a variety of music for enjoyment and also for inspiration. Music is just in my blood now and forever

Steve: Funny that I see a lot of things that inspired me to be a musician surface in the responses of my band mates. Like Max my Uncle playing guitar at family gatherings first inspired me to follow the path of music. Green Day’s Dookie was the first real album I ever listened to and loved. My parents made me take piano lessons at a young age as well. But it wasn’t until high school that I became a major hip hop head and was determined to make a name for myself as a rapper and then later in my early twenties discover metal.

Latest Fatal Switch Album or Single release:

What’s the story behind the new song?

All of our songs are in fact actual stories that we have created and our latest single and title track off our debut album called Doctors & Demons is a story about a love gone bad. It takes place between a sick man and his deceptive lover who claims she is trying to cure him. Struck by an unknown illness his girlfriend (Dr Sian) has unsuccessfully been attempting to treat him from this incurable disease for months. However, the man one day suddenly comes to the conclusion that she was never trying to help him overcome his ailment but was in fact intentionally poisoning him, using seduction to turn him into her personal human lab rat. And though the song doesn’t lead on to it, the underlying question is hidden in opposing truths. Did the boyfriend in fact become paranoid delusional from his sickness and was his girlfriend Sian truly trying to help him? Or was she secretly using the man she claimed to love as her personal guinea pig for her covert experiments?

What inspired you to put together new music?

FS: The first album introduces you to a universe which we will continue to expand and grow as future albums are recorded. Our story begins with a young girl named Sian who runs away from home at a young age. As she is living on the streets, she comes into contact with a voice inside her heads who calls herself Hyde. With dormant super powers ready to explode the first album sets the stage for her adventures that are filled with domestic abuse, robots, cyborgs, aliens, demons, murder mystery and much more. 

Will you be touring to support the new album? If so, when?

FS: We had plans to but we will wait it out for everyone’s safety. Once this virus is no longer affecting everyone, we do plan to make our rounds.

What is your song writing process?

FS: It really varies but one thing I can say is that it is very collaborative. Everyone brings ideas to the table then we work on refining them and adding our unique flavours and touches to the songs. Some songs are more independently written and others can be more spontaneous and organic but one thing that has held true throughout the process is the editing. We are constantly going back and shaping and molding the songs into entities of their own. Also with so many characters and such a large concept in play some of the songs also write themselves as the stories take on a life of their own.

Live Performances

What’s your first thoughts when you get up on stage?

Let’s do this! Let’s hope noting goes wrong! Time to have fun and blow this crowd away! (all at once lol)

Where was the first venue you played?

FS: The first spot I ever played is a well-known local spot called Piranha Bar in downtown Montreal. It was a battle of the bands even it was the first time I played music that I personally wrote, and performed it live. It was a wreck LOL. But a great learning experience.

What is your most memorable moment from any live performances?

FS: One of our best shows was at Indie Week in Toronto. Despite having some gear issues (which is never fun) the sound tech was incredible and knew the sound of the house like the back of his hand. This really made for the perfect atmosphere to highlight our talents. We built up our set to a great crowd moment in our song called Grow a Spine and we had everyone jumping and singing with us. But the most memorable part about that setis when I jumped into the crowd during the end of the song with the mic in my hand and moshed like a maniac while rapping. I may have had a bloody lip at the end but it was well worth it!

Describe the atmosphere when you’re performing

Tons of energy for one. We have worked with a live music producer to really create the best show possible and he really pulled the best out of us. As we tell a story to our audience, we take the mood from high octane to low and mellow then right back to adrenaline pumping. If you enjoying something a little more theatrical then you will really dig our show. Plus, the guys have done an amazing job of reworking the songs for the live performance so you get a taste of Fatal Switch live that you’ll never hear on the record.

What band would you like to perform with the most?

I think playing on a bill with Rage Against the Machine would be a dream come true. I think they’re fans would really dig our music and we would get to play with one of our idols. But honestly there are so many bands we would love to play with like Metallica or Eminem. We already had the privilege to play with Crazy Town X which was so awesome and we look forward to connecting with more established bands in our genre.

Will you be touring in the United Kingdom any time soon?

As soon as travel restrictions lift and things go back to the real normal, we will definitely be visiting the UK. We’d love to you meet you all when get there. Thank you very much for taking the time to get to know a bit about us. We’d love to get to know more about you and readers as well so please hit us up on social media!