Interview with AJ CHANNER!
FIRE FROM THE GODS. THURSDAY.09.JUNE 2022
NOVA ROCK FESTIVAL 2022- Pannonia Fields II, Nickelsdorf, Austria.
FIRE FROM THE GODS is the Rock Flames, an American rap metal band formed in Austin, Texas during the late 2000s. The band is signed to Eleven Seven Music and consists of lead guitarist Drew Walker and bassist Bonner Baker from 2007 until present, rhythm guitarist & backing vocalist Jameson Teat (2013-present), on drums play Richard Wicander (2013-present), and the lead vocalist AJ Channer ( 2014- present).
The lead guitarist Drew Walker and the bassist Bonner Baker is from 2007 until present, are the permanently members of the band, which released three albums! In 2016 ΄΄Narrative΄΄, ΄΄Narrative Retold΄΄ in the year 2017 and in the year 2019 the amazing Rock-Rap-Metal album ΄΄American Sun΄΄ with 13 songs.
FIRE FROM THE GODS, released also 5 EPs and 8 Singles, in about 15 years activity.
These year the tour days of the band,started from March till July from USA,U.K, GERMANY,AUSTRIA,BELGIUM,FRANCE,NORWAY and maybe some more gigs.
Athenscalling.gr team and some of our friends, where this summer they will travel from Greece in Austria, will have the opportunity to enjoy the great band FIRE FROM THE GODS, live on Thursday 09 June 2022, in one of the largest festival in Europe, the amazing NOVA ROCK FESTIVAL 2022, in the Pannonia Fields area of Nickelsdorf, which takes place from 09-12 / 06/2022 this year, features the most important names of the rock scene such as…
MUSE, FOO FIGHTERS, VOLBEAT, KORN, MANESKIN, THE OFFSPRING, DISTILLERS, RISE AGAINST , SKILLET, IN FLAMES, KORN, EVANESCENCE, SEILER & SPEER,WIZO, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BAD RELIGION, TURBOBIER, THE PRETTY RECKLESS, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNC, HEILUNG, MANDO DIAO,BILLY TALENT, QUERBEAT, AIRBOURNE,STEEL PANTHER, TRETTMAN, KRAFTKLUB, HADDAWAY & DR.ALBAN and many more…!
For more information and everything related about NOVA ROCK FESTIVAL 2022, visit the NOVA ROCK FESTIVAL website https://www.novarock.at/en/
INTERVIEW WITH AJ CHANNER ( The Front man FIRE FROM THE GODS )
Athenscalling.gr: Hello my friend and thanks for this opportunity chatting you!
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): We’re great thanks for interviewing us. We’re currently on tour in the states and having a blast.
Athenscalling.gr: Where are you based now? And how you spent your time during the pandemic?
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): We are based in Austin in Texas. The lone star state.
Athenscalling.gr: Now I will ask about the name of the band. I think that it is an Epic amazing name, it reminds me of the 12 gods of Ancient Gods of Greece on Olympus mountain … Fire from the Gods, who gives the name, tell us who was the Godfather of your band name?
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): The band has existed for close to over 15 years. The name actually originated from a scene in a film called the “Wizard”. But when I joined the band I brought up the story of Prometheus bringing fire to humanity and that’s pretty much been our mantra ever since.
Athenscalling.gr: So because we are talking about the Gods and the ΄΄fire ΄΄… Really to whom do you believe that the Gods would throw ΄΄fire΄΄ today in the year 2022?
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): I fully believe that in our quest for enlightenment we as humanity have to find our own path. Our Gods our beliefs can go but so far. We have to step up and do the rest.
Athenscalling.gr: 3 years ago you have released “American Sun” and right after a new digital EP. You are currently working on new music? Can we expect new music by you in 2022?
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): We have been working on new music and earnestly want to get a new record out by the end of the year.
Athenscalling.gr: Personally I think that a perfect representation of “American Sun” is the title track. Can you tell me something about the song?
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): The record is a soundtrack to the times especially what we are experiencing in current world affairs. The refugee reference is about accepting who you were but never going back.
Athenscalling.gr: Another interesting song in terms of lyrics is “Victory”, can you explain us the concept and who do you think is the winner in today’s life?
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): Victory is about pushing yourself. I have lost so many times that all I can do is imagine what it feels like to win. When the troubles of life beat you down there’s is only one thing you can do. Fight back.
Athenscalling.gr: Your live performances are always there impressive, what we can you expect from a show of Fire from the Gods?
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): I love this question because there’s only one answer. ENERGY, ENERGY AND MORE ENERGY.
Athenscalling.gr: Lets travel now in the past…When you understand that the music might be part of your life? And the first album you bought?
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): I loved music from a very early age but I knew I wanted this when I went Sla local punk show in 2001 while I was in high school. The first album bought was actually Slayer !΄΄God hates us All΄΄. I used steal music from shops up until then I was a bad kid … hahaha.
Athenscalling.gr: Just before the end of the interview let’s travel south. What do you know about my country, Greece?
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): It’s beautiful. It’s ancient and a lot of the world’s modern history originated there. I also know quite about bit about the political and social situation which hasn’t been great but I commend the youth of Greece for standing up and fighting to take their country back.
Athenscalling.gr: Last words for your European fans? Especially for your Austrian fans …about NOVA ROCK FESTIVAL.
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): We’ll be in Europe this summer. Unite or die. In us we trust. Peace.
Athenscalling.gr: Thank you and all the best for FIRE FROM THE GODS band.
AJ CHANNER (FIRE FROM THE GODS): Thanks for the interview!