The Musician Spotlight Series shines a light on up-and-coming bands and solo acts creating heartfelt and original work across genres, giving them an opportunity to talk about their music, their collaborators, and why they do what they do.
“New Brunswick-based alternative rock band FM Berlin was recently nominated for two East Coast Music Awards for Rock- Recording of the Year and Rising Star Recording of the Year. FM Berlin will be hitting the road and stopping in Toronto on April 11th and 13th.”
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
11 years of age.
Are you trained? How did you develop your skills?
I’m not trained. I learned from listening to music and initially trying to write songs that sounded like the songs that I was listening to. Eventually, I was able to create what I would call my own sound. I also write with our bassist, Glen and co-writing with him has also shaped how I write songs.
How did the band come together?
Glen and I were in a band previously called Sproll. After Sproll disbanded, Glen and I continued to write music and we actively began seeking out new members. We met Matt one day at a local music store and he’s been with us ever since. We eventually found a drummer, Charline, and we recorded our last album while she was still in the band. She left the band in September of 2018 and we then found Nic, our current drummer, through a friend – and that’s how it all went down.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Oasis, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Elvis, James Brown, The Replacements, Stone Roses, Blind Melon, The Police, The Kinks, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Public Enemy, John Prine
How would you describe your sound?
We sound like The Police and The Strokes made a baby…in space. At least we did sound like that. You may want to replace one of those bands with The Kinks.
What’s your favourite tune in your repertoire and why?
At the moment it’s a song called “TV”. It’s our closer. It’s fun, fast and totally obnoxious. I love it!
What can audiences expect from one of your live shows?
A bit of everything. We have songs where I play the acoustic and its sort of a hypnotic thing. We also have songs that hit hard and make you want to sing along with us. The crowd is usually a big part of what we do live. We like the back and forth.
Where can we find your music?
You can look us up on Spotify. Our entire album is available there.