“There are literally thousands of “bands” in New York City; Fixer are rock stars, they just don’t have a platinum record yet. They look more Sunset Strip than Bedford Avenue, not afraid of excess in either their music (balls to the wall raunchy hard rock in the style of early Guns ‘N’ Roses) or appearance. What I love about this band is that they treat every fucking show – even a Thursday night in Brooklyn – like it was a CD release party, a photo shoot, and New Year’s Eve all rolled into one.
“With their backstage antics, high voltage performances and little “indescretions,” NYC’s Fixer are the epitome of Rock and Roll…galvanizing showmanship…heavy guitar and drums…Saffer’s vocals are astoundingly melodic.” —
The Rock Princess sat down with Fixer and this is what they had to say:
Rock Princess: Hey guys Id like to take the time to thank you for taking some time from your busy schedual to do this for us your fans ;o))
First of all could you Introduce the band members for us…..
Fixer:Fixer is Evan R. Saffer – voice, Tommy Zamp – Guitar, Adam James – Bass and Rev Swank – Drums
Rock Princess:What’s the name of your band, and whats the origin of that name?
Fixer:The name of the game called go insane is FIXER. The name came out of our desire to play every kind of music that we are interested in. Something with energy, power, and great melodies. Fixer takes you on a journey. We thought the name said that without saying too much. It was a name we could bring meaning to as well.
Rock Princess:What genre of music do you consider your work to be and who are your major influences?
Fixer:I suppose we are Hard Rock but also Alternative. That means we’re new and you can’t quite identify us. Fixer would be equally successful performing on Warped Tour as we would be performing at Ozzfest. So you see, we have a lot to offer. Our influences brought us together at a certain period of time: Guns N Roses, Stone Temple Pilots, Jane’s Addiction, Alice N Chains, Marilyn Manson. However, just as any record or photograph, that is a snapshot of who we were at that time. We continue to evolve and our new album is coming together with many more influences and our own creative evolution as people and musicians.
Rock Princess:How long have you all known each other and how did you meet?
Fixer:Me and Rev are the last original members in the band. We came together late in 2000 and made several EP’s and short recordings before cranking out the full length album Before the Sun. Before the Sun was picked up and released on a label in early 2008. Tommy Zamp in lead guitar, joined Fixer just before that record came out, sometime in late 2007. Last but not least is Adam James on bass, who joined Fixer less than a month ago. We’ve had some lineup changes but it means we’re getting stronger. The people who are here now have what it takes to make it, and understand the sacrifice as a pleasure and a joy, rather than something you go on complaining about. There is no destination in rock n roll, it’s a way of life. We’re ready to rokk!
Rock Princess:When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
Fixer:FIXER formed in 2000. Personally I make music as an outlet for anything going on in my brain. Doesn’t necessarily have to be personal, although that’s a contradiction because it’s still coming from me. I write about books I read, stories I interpret, people I meet and things I see. We all write together and I’m really looking forward to how the next FIXER record shapes up. Some of my favorite authors are Tom Robbins and Irving Welsh. Robbins writes about a lot of big themes in life and ties them together with tongue in cheek stories. He’s got a fantastical and silly outlook on life which I tend to agree with. Welsh is a little more edgy. He writes a lot about lower/middle class people trying to survive, struggling against terrible odds in society. He’s great at describing the disgusting qualities in our natural human natures (sex, drugs, ultra-violence, desperation, depression, broken families, theft, friendship). There’s a lot more there and my head wraps tightly around those subjects when I write.
Rock Princess:What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?
Fixer:Haha. I bet Tommy would have a lot to say here (love his Gibson Les Paul) Actually Rev as well (loves his drums by D Drums). Me personally, I’m very partial to my microphone which is a secret model and design that I cannot print here. You’ll have to see and hear me sing on it live to know what I mean. When it comes to our instruments it’s never cost, because that is our whole life. We all have the best and I don’t mean the most expensive. Sometimes it is, but it’s mostly about your personal preference, and once you have your heart set on it, it’s yours.
Rock Princess:Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Fixer:Fixer has performed all across the United States. Our current tour (the Black Velvet Sessions Tour) takes us down the east coast, west, into Texas and then up through the Midwest where we end in Michigan. The tour snakes and weaves here and there but that is the basic plot on this one. We have also been invited to tour Australia in April. We’ll be doing several festivals and club dates for an entire month over there, so this is the first year that Fixer will be touring globally. We’re very excited! Our favorite places to play are where the fans and people can just let go and totally give in to rock n roll, and have fun with us!
Rock Princess:Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
Fixer:We try to mix it up and yes, in the past we have done some covers. Mostly mixed in with our songs. We don’t like to perform an entire cover song, we like to incorporate it as a medley into one of our masterpieces. Some of those include Party Hard by Andrew WK, Head Like A Hole by NIN, Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson and I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry. Some of the Fixer originals that almost never miss a show are Tell No One, Mixing In With My Blood, and Tuxedo to name a few. We have also been mixing in some new songs that will most likely be on the next album. Two popular titles are Dove and Corpse Estate. They are awesome tunes. We don’t have a set play list, we mix it up and sometimes call out a song on the fly.
Rock Princess:What are your rehearsals generally like?
Fixer:A little tedious because everyone loves the crowd and the pressure to perform in front of one. However, my motto is less talking, more jamming. Say it with the music. If talking is your thing, go into law.
Rock Princess:How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
Fixer:We have always had a knack for melodic and catchy songs. I think we’ve honed our skills as players and craft our songs better with the writing. Obviously there are some new players so you change by default. We’ve seen a lot more as well. When you’re young you listen to your idols and you dive into subjects that you really don’t understand, or you don’t have much experience with. The trick to getting old is using that experience to make something beautiful, to keep the young inspiration close at hand instead of getting bitter and jaded. I think we have a good balance and it IS getting better.
Rock Princess:What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Fixer:The biggest challenge is simply to survive. It’s over when you quit, when you stop, when you make excuses. We don’t take no for an answer and we’ll keep churning out great records. Go and buy Before the Sun from our website (www. fixermusic. com), or at one of the shows and you’ll start to understand. We toured 10 months out of 2008 and have just started a full national tour with plans to hit Australia in April, I don’t think we’ve been overcome by anything. ROKK!
Rock Princess:and Finally guys,what has been the most way out there thing that has ever happened to you while doing a gig…….
Fixer:Some of the best and most well attended gigs are nightmares. And some of the smallest sh!tholes are amazing. That’s the cool thing about rock n roll, you never know what you are going to get. Most times something goes wrong and it’s just like the lyrics in Tuxedo “It’s how you roll and rock our boat so beautiful”. That means, it’s all how you take it when it comes, lets rock! and see the beauty that already exists. No whiners!
PS One time we played an outdoor gig on the back of a flatbed truck and these punks didn’t like our band. They sh!t in several pumpkins and started throwing them at us on the stage. That was slightly unpleasant. hehe.
tell a friend! – Evan
Rock Princess: Hahaha takes all sorts huh :o))….If you can get to a gig to Rock to Fixer it will be a night you will always remember…..
So look for a Venue near you,gather a load of your mates together and have a night where you will ROCK till you Drop….I know I will In April yipeeeeee :o)
Thanks guys for taking the time out of your busy lives for us….it’s always an awesome day when we here from you all……Rock and Roll for us all in 2009!!!!
Download Tell No One by Fixer courtesy of the band and The Rock and Roll Report!
hugs Rock Princess xox