How would you describe your music?
A juxtaposition of the in-your-face timbre of rock and the more empathetic side of the pop. The yin and yang of pop and rock.
What inspired the track “Done Dreaming”?
“Done Dreaming” refers to the refusal of simply dreaming about something that will never come, and the action of actually doing it. The feeling of being fed up with constantly chasing dreams and never feeling like you’re getting where you want to be. We need to realize that the most important moment of our lives is the present moment and what we do right now matters. Stop waiting for that dream to “happen” and start living like you’re living your dream Now!
What message do you hope your music spreads?
That we should love people for who they are, and not who we want them to be. More so that whatever brings you happiness is something you should do, and not be afraid of unless it actively encroaches on other people’s happiness.
Awareness, healing, love, human emotional, physical, and spiritual connections.
Can you tell us about “Reflections”?
“Reflections” is the documentation of events that transpired leading up to creating this first EP. We wanted to use the things that were troubling us in our lives and make them into something people could relate to. Every song is a page out of our personal journals and encompasses 5 different experiences / moments / situations that, after intense moments of reflecting, shaped who we are right now. Our desire is that others will be inspired as well by our experiences.
Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
Sean: I would say that my favorite is “Crazy Love.” When I came up with the intro riff for it, everyone was skeptical about it, and didn’t want to have it in the song. I knew there was something to it though, and I fought to keep it. Now everytime we play it means that much more to me because I stood by my intuition.
Avery: Mine is “Crazy Love.” I still relate to this song, even today, and that influences the amount of emotion I pour into it while performing and it just gives it a whole different level of intensity to sing it to the audience. I literally get to jam out to my favorite song and sing my heart out words that are very important to who I am.
If you could have anyone, in the world, attend a show, who would it be?
Sean: Either Duff man, Keanu Reeves, or Jimmy Paige. I love free beer, John Wick Quotes and Led Zeppelin.
Avery: Someone who feels alone, because the way we go about our performance, I think that they’ll be able to walk away and know that they aren’t alone, we’re all going through similar shit and now we can go through it together.
Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Sean: I really honestly love them both pretty equally for different reasons, but if I had a gun to my head I would have to say recording. I love creating a story not only lyrically, but also sonically, and figuring out how the two can interact with each other.
Avery: Ah they’re such different experiences! Live is so fun because we can let loose, connect with others, and feel free. Being in the studio is also magic because we are creating the music, and experimenting with sounds and notes and lyrics in order to form the best combination of them all.
What is the story behind the band name?
Fever Joy is meant to be seen as a binary. We were thinking that there needed to be two opposing words put together. Because that is how we view life. There is good and bad. We try to understand that both are temporary, and not dwell on the bad, and soak up the good while it is here.
How did the band come together?
Avery: We met randomly at an open mic night in Orange County. I had been playing open mics for awhile was sick of performing solo, and Sean just so happened to wanted to start a band with a female as vocalist. We jammed one day and it was obvious that we had the same vision for music, and we were easily able to translate each other’s feelings and experiences into that music.
Sean: One of my friends at the time had told me to go to an open mic to check out this girl who he had seen a few times. I didn’t really think anything of it because I had been to a lot of open mics and never really expected anything. I went, and Avery was playing. I heard her sing and thought she had a great voice, and had a lot of raw talent. On my drive back from the open mic I looked up her music and listened for a while until I came across a cover she did of “All I Want” by Kodaline. That was the moment I realized I needed to make music with her. Her voice had so much emotion that I heard the song in a way I had never heard before. It made me feel all the words in a different way. I contacted her after that, and the rest is history.
What motivates you most when writing music?
Sean: Music has always brought me an immense amount of joy, connectedness, and understanding. Because of that I have always wanted to contribute to that feeling and connectedness for others. That’s what primarily motivates me.
Avery: Personal emotional release. I write when I’m upset, angry, inspired…I have to let my feelings out. Also the hope that I can connect with someone else that is having similar feelings towards things. Not feeling alone is one of the best feelings in the world.
Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
Avery: Pink Floyd, Halsey, Alt J
Sean: Cream, Anderson Paak, Veers, Hozier
What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Avery: I knew I could write lyrics, and I knew my voice was able to emote the emotion I wanted to put into the lyrics. It’s one of the hardest industries in the world to be in, but I knew I had a life-long message to give, and this is the way I am going to do it. I’ve never questioned or doubted my decision. I’ve always known this is what I wanted to do.
Sean: My dad was always my inspiration to start playing music. All my earliest memories in life are those of him playing artists like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath and B.B. King for me. When he died when I was 19 it made the reality of death really apparent to me. I decided I didn’t want to spend my life doing anything else other than playing music.
If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Avery: Halsey. That collab would be so intense. We need more female collaborations in the pop/rock/alt-pop world.
Sean: Gary Clark Jr. – I am such a fan of his guitar playing. I would love to be a part of anything he is creating.
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