Creative Christian Moments
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Blog Article 23: Email Interview with Scarlet Fade
As divine providence would have it, the Lord has led me to another phenomenal band I am ecstatic to write about in a blog review. Last month, Scarlet Fade was one of many bands I sent an email to inquiring about the possibility of hosting an email interview. Just days ago, Scarlet Fade responded back with their answers. I am beaming with excitement to introduce my readers to their music and the continued movement of the Holy Spirit through the arts, especially music.
Scarlet Fade is an indie Christian band hailing from Connecticut. From the words of their official website, Scarlet Fade states they have been writing and performing music from early years of age. Past pictures of their performances on Facebook confirm this statement of the erudite nature of their music. Over the past five years they have produce four albums entitled The Faithful and the Bruised (2008), Christmas EP (2009), Fix the Pieces (2011), and Revolution (2012). They are currently finishing work on a fifth album soon to be released. Scarlet Fade joins the ranks of other underground Christian musicians sold to the calling of sharing Christ through rock. Their music is an eclectic blend of seraphic songs melded with symphonic chords of gnarled guitars and bass while kept in pace with the tsunami like roar of drums.
I was enthralled to see that Scarlet Fade’s hit song, “Revolution”, had been stomping some of the well known Christian rock bands in the charts in April 2013 like Switchfoot, Fireflight, Nine Lashes, and even one of my personal favorites Disciple. Now, I understand that Christian musicians are all in the same calling together but what I enjoy is how God elevates humble and lesser known Christian musicians above some of the well known ones. A little friendly competition is not so bad now and again considering every Christian runs their own race and receives their own reward from Christ. Before I share the interview, I have posted a play list of some of their music. I personally recommend the lyric music videos below of “Revolution” and “Pages”.
Barry Irwin Brophy: For those who may not know about you or your band, could you tell us a bit about yourself and the band?
Ali: Sure! Well, my name is Ali (bass/vocals) , my bandmates are also my siblings-Jordan (guitar/vocals), Jaimee (keys/ vocals), and Jake (drums / vocals). We’ve been doing the music thing for quite a while and we all have a passion for it. We love traveling and spreading hope wherever we can. That’s been our life goal since we were little so we do our best to follow God’s will for us in everything.
Barry Irwin Brophy: How did you come to faith in Jesus Christ?
Ali: I understood what Christ did for me on the cross when I was 4 years old. I remember being in tears at the realization that someone who didn’t do anything wrong would sacrifice His life so that I may live. So I accepted Christ into my life right then and there and from then on it was a growing process. We all grew up in a Christian home so we always had church and Bible studies- but the most important part of my growth was going through some hard times and realizing I couldn’t control situations- but that God had everything in His hands and already had a plan. It was in those times that I drew closer to Him and realized how amazing and faithful He is.
Barry Irwin Brophy: Tell us a bit about your current music projects. Music videos, new songs, tours, etc.?
Ali and Jordan: We have a CD called Revolution out right now- the song Revolution hit #6 on the Christian Rock Radio and is still doing great. Currently, we are touring as much as we can and working on a new album in the meantime. We will be posting updates on our Facebook to keep the fans in the loop and involved with what’s going on.
Barry Irwin Brophy: How has God been using the band to spread His Gospel message? Any stories?
Ali: God has used our personal struggles and His constant faithfulness in those struggles- we talk about what we’ve been through on stage and I can think of so many times that people have come up to me and said how encouraged they were by what I had said or gone through. One of the things I speak about is my struggles with a seizure disorder which I’ve had since I was 4 years old. I was told I wouldn’t be able to drive or be independent, or travel and be in a band, and multiple other things. But God brought me to a place where I knew all I had to do was trust Him and no matter where He led me I would be taken care of. Sure enough I’ve been touring for quite a few years now and I am now 6 months seizure free- my message is that no matter what you are going through you can make a difference and be a light-don’t let anything hold you back from God’s perfect plan.
Barry Irwin Brophy: I hear a lot of negative talk about how Christian rock is not an effective means of sharing the Gospel. What do you think are the biggest obstacles within the Christian Church institution in America and how can we change to be more effective in preaching the Gospel?
Ali: That is a great question. I would answer it with Jon Foreman’s lyric “Love is the revolution”- I think as long as we as Christians love others as Christ loved, then we will have revolutionized the world more than we ever could with anything else. I could play music and talk about how God has changed my life, but what it comes down to is how I live that out and how I view others- Am I loving them? Am I putting others before myself? Am I showing them Christ? That’s what it boils down to for me. Jesus is the ultimate model of love. “Love alone is worth the fight”.
Barry Irwin Brophy: How do you think your music will influence the coming revival?
Ali: We want to start a revolution. A revolution of love, a revolution of Christ’s love, a revolution of ideas, a revolution of self- God calls all of us to grow in Him- to constantly revolutionize ourselves through Him, and then through that we can change the world and spread the hope of His love. I think if others grasp this idea and see our hearts through our music- then our music could help revolutionize thoughts, people, and the world.
Barry Irwin Brophy: What advice would you like to give to Christian musicians just getting started? Please provide any helpful tips or painful lessons of what not to do.
Ali: If this is what God is calling you to do, never give up. One tradition we’ve started before every show is to pray for God to work and for whatever we are going through at the time.
Barry Irwin Brophy: What software, equipment, etc. would you recommend to someone on a tight music budget or just getting started?
Jordan: For recording, GarageBand is a great tool to use. We use it all the time and the great thing about it is that it comes with the mac computers so you don’t have to pay extra for it. Also, with resources like YouTube it makes it easier to learn tips and tricks for recording. You don’t have to have the most expensive equipment to get great quality. It’s all about how you utilize these tools that makes the difference. As far as gear, there are a lot of good companies now that are making equipment that sounds great for a tight budget. Ultimately, it comes down to the person playing and how it sounds and feels to them.
Barry Irwin Brophy: I’ve also encounter many struggling Christian musicians who have given up on pursuing their calling because of chaotic hardships in every form imaginable. These guys and girls are really in the fire right now and have been severely burned. If you were speaking with them one on one what would you say to them?
Ali: God has a plan in all of this. When I go through fiery times, that is always when I write the best songs- just let God work through you in the tough and the good times. You will find that you can minister to more people and connect with more people after going through the hard times. Don’t give up!
Barry Irwin Brophy’s Closing thoughts on the interview:
I love the honesty Ali and Jordan were able to state throughout the interview process. To me the calling never gets old. As Proverbs 27:17 speaks about iron sharpening iron alluring to how our traits increase the efficiency of others when we work together, the whole interview process ignites passion in me as I learn about God’s revival spirit infiltrating the music media sphere of influence. Kudos to Jordan for providing us with some tips of creating music on a tight budget. Might be time to trade in my PC and Linux laptops for a Mac to use GarageBand.
It is truly inspiring to see God working miracles amongst the music industry. Ali’s story about the seizures she suffered from reminded me of a worship leader I met in Edmonds, WA. He had a speech impediment so badly that it took him minutes to speak simple sentences but if you had seen him conduct a worship service you would have never surmised he suffered from this. For hours, this man would sing with the most angelic choir like voice without slurring his speech. God truly is amazing and these examples speak countless times about the miracles of God.
Scarlet Fade is climbing the proverbial ladder of popularity and will continue to radiate the light of Christ in their music. Even well known Christian bands are beginning to take notice of their unique music like singer Lacey Mosley from Flyleaf. In her own words, Mosley states “millions of good bands are out there and it takes a unique passion, honesty and humility to make a band stand out among the rest. There is something in the combination of members in Scarlet Fade that pulls your heart into the song. As artists, we want more than just to entertain, we want to inspire- and this band is making that kind of art” (Scarlet Fade, 2011a, n.p.).
I personally look forward to their new album they are producing and await the day when we can see some professional music videos from them. Maybe some of you artists out there could assist and offer opportunities to make this possible. You can support Scarlet Fade through prayer, purchasing their music and merchandise, hosting them at your church, or just connecting with them on social media. It has been an honor to work with their General Manager Tracy Hoffman and to dialogue with them about the passion they share in their music and faith. With the conclusion of this blog review, I would like to leave another music video for you to watch entitled “Pages”. Bring the revolution of love: Christ’s love to a broken world!
Scarlet Fade’s pages:
Official Website: http://www.scarletfade.com/index.php
General Manager’s email: email@example.com
Scarlet Fade. About Us. Scarlet Fade Official Website. http://www.scarletfade.com/about_us.html (accessed May 15, 2014)
Scarlet Fade. Profile Pictures. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151723091601206&set=pb.38777561205.-2207520000.1400117310.&type=3&theater (accessed May 14, 2014)
“Pages” Official Lyric Video, YouTube, 4:30, posted by ScarletFadeOfficial, May 13, 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrz7e6ax9Cg&list=UUflAXJm6WceR_Zh7C7tFSzQ, (accessed May 14, 2014)
Revolution, YouTube, 3:07, posted by ScarletFadeOfficial, January 22, 2013, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW73V1oCuSc&list=UUflAXJm6WceR_Zh7C7tFSzQ, (accessed May 14, 2014)