Prospect Hill Interview with Adam Fithian

Prospect-Hill-Promo-1024x751Ugly Scene: Thank you for taking the time for the interview. Adam: Of course. Ugly Scene: Tell me a little about Prospect Hill. Adam: The band itself started long before I came along. The guitar player Derek and Mark started when they were kids and they were around sixteen years old. The band eventually grew and they grabbed Edgar our current bass player and another guitar player Andrew and they played for a few years before becoming Prospect Hill. I played for other bands before they met me. They had released one album and their singer didn’t fit anymore and my band had just parted ways. It worked out that I came down and we worked on one song and they were like yeah your in. I’ve been with them ever since. Ugly Scene:  Family is very important support and I read Mark’s father helps out with the band's management. Adam: He’s pretty much our booking manager and always shoots to get the best for us. He books shows, reaches out to radio stations and does what he can. Ugly Scene: So you have a lot of support from family and friends. Who are your biggest supporters? Adam: Pretty much all of our fans. It’s all fan based and hard work. Ugly Scene: What challenges have you had so far? Adam: We were part of a label for a short time. We caught them breaching contract and we opted out of it real quick and walked away with all of our masters intact.  It was pretty much a little bump in the road. We got away Scott free thank God. To help with the band we do a Kickstarter every once in a while to be able to do a recording. There is a sponsor package on the web site. Or we’ll spend some time around New England and make some really good money shows. If you want to raise money you go to where your market is strongest. We have based our entire growing as a band around New England so we capitalize with that and make some money at home to fund the new album and we go from there. Ugly Scene: Since you have come into the band how are songs created? Do you come with lyrics or do they come in with different riff’s to try out? Adam: They will come up with a riff and the idea will grow little by little. Mark likes to write lyrics and his approach to writing is that he wants to attack it right as its being written. Me on the other hand I like to take my time to find a feeling with words and my connection with the music itself.  Once the basic idea is laid down for a song everyone puts in their two cents and ads to the final product. It really embellishes from there and becomes something of another nature. Ugly Scene: What do you prefer the bigger venues or the smaller ones? How big of a difference are they? Adam: I like larger venues but we are doing all the leg work ourselves. There is no agency group booking the shows. It’s real tough when you’d like to be on a tour with friends but when they are signed to a label, you have to buy on. For instance Taproot, we are very close with those guys and they’d love to have us out with them all the time but the problem is the label wants buy ons for their tours.  Nobody has the money these days for that unless you have an investor or a label to support that. Ugly Scene: Do you have any advice you could give to someone starting in the music industry? Adam: Embrace yourself. If you’re not one-hundred percent sure that this is what you want to do keep it as a hobby and just try to enjoy yourself. It’s definitely become one of the hardest industries to make money in, to break into, even to survive in. A lot of sacrifice is involved being in a touring band. Ugly Scene: Who are your and influences when it comes to music? Adam:  We don’t use anybody in particular to write our songs. Everything that we have really accomplished is not to do that and not put into a category where someone says oh that sounds like so and so. We try and steer away from that and thank God we are not categorized as any particular group of musicians. Everybody in the band has their own type of music they listen to. I’m a big fan of Mike Patton of Faith No More, Incubus, and Maynard James Keenan of Tool. Then of course I have another side where I love to listen to Tracy Chapman and it’s random. Ugly Scene: The albums Prospect Hill has out is a self titled album, Out of the Ashes and Adam: Initially before I came the band had come out with Out of the Ashes. When I joined we had one called For the Lovers the Haters and the Dead it’s very freshman compared to what we have become now. Then we have our self titled debut and really that’s an album that I like. As far as what we have done I think it’s better than our current album but that’s my opinion. It’s because it strikes me on a more personal level, like the song Into the Light. The new album that we released back in August 2012 is called Impact and that’s where our latest and current single Come Alive is off of. That’s been what we have been pushing lately. I like that one a lot because we put a lot of effort into that song. Ugly Scene: Tell me a little about Impact and what you like most about the album. Adam: We went to a producer, Anthony J. Russo, who is just one of these guys that adds a different touch to music. He hears things that others don’t and puts things in that necessarily others wouldn’t.  What he did with Impact is that he put his own kind of touch with us being producers as well during the whole process. He helped make the album something so interesting with everything that went into it and all the creativity that was put into it, it made the album something of its own. Impact has a lot of diverse songs on it and I like that.  It’s defiantly an album that anybody can take something from. Ugly Scene: If there was a band you would tour with, who would it be? Adam: There is a ton but some smaller national touring band that I would like to shout out to are Another Lost Year. Then there is Nonpoint, Taproot, Digital Summer, a band out of Florida called Traverser and the list goes on and on.  We’d love to be on a touring schedule that we are able to get on larger shows. A big strong point of our music is that we have been told that we really kill it live. We don’t differ from what we sound like on our album. People from the shows tell us Wow you sound just like your album and that’s a huge compliment and we pride ourselves on that. 478494_10151463412053533_910926792_oUgly Scene: One of the purposes for Ugly Scene is looking at the other side of glam. That comes from the idea that music is inspiring and music can, in my opinion, save someone’s life. Also that if a person hears someone that they look up to musically talk about certain issues they can get the help they need. Would you like to talk about anything regarding this? Adam: I’ve seen it happen. I’ve seen friends get addicted and their lives go to complete shit. I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve never had vices like that to grip me and drag me down into a hole. It’s hard for me as an individual to be around and watch a person deteriorate. It’s such a horrible thing to watch and I’ve always stayed away from it. Ugly Scene: Has anyone come up and tell you how your music inspired or saved them? It happens all the time from the people you least expect. They tell you which song has helped them the most or has inspired them do better in life. Or about a song that has helped them get through a tough time of somebody dying. Our song A Patriots Anthem, we’ve had a lot of soldiers and family members of soldiers really thank us so much for writing the song. I’ve had soldiers give me coins given to them from their superior officer.  A Ranger gave me his Ranger patch and a Marine gave me his Marine belt buckle. Another soldier from the Special Forces gave me his Special Forces ring and I’ve wore it every day since he gave it to me. I feel very fortunate that our music is out there touching people and that’s a big, big part of why I’m still doing it. Ugly Scene: Is there anything else you would like to add to promote the band? Adam: Everyone can reach us on Facebook and ProspectHillMusic.com and a whole nine yards of on-line marketing. I really hope people reach out to us, go to shows and that is what keeps us going. Ugly Scene: Thank you so very much for the Interview! - Michelle Lynn For more information go to: Website Facebook Twitter

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