UM Interview: Fire And The Romance

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Fire And The Romance “is the passion project of Dion Ray, a South African born musician with an insatiable and obsessive desire to create something new and unique.” The band is getting ready to release their debut EP Adaptations. Amandah Opoku sat down with Dion Ray to discuss the band’s sound, single “She’s A Devil” and upcoming debut EP!

Amandah Opoku: Thank you very for the interview. Before we kick off this interview, introduce yourself and what song you’re currently listening to
Dion Ray: Heyyyyyyy- I’m Dion Roy, and I’m the ring leader of a bunch of craziness aka a band called “Fire and the Romance” - Im currently listening to Caught A Ghost and a Jersey based band called Brick + Mortar, they have a song called “Locked in a Cage” and its super rad.

AO: How did you come up the band name?
DR: I was reading a bunch of Oscar Wilde at the time, and I thought to myself- what would Oscar Wilde name is his band- assuming he wasn’t too busy writing. Im fascinated by Oscar Wilde, so it was an ode to him I suppose in a way.

AO: How did the band come together?
DR: I was on tour with a singer-songwriter friend of mine in Europe, and were on a very successful tour- but I was touring as a solo singer-songwriter. One night after a show, I opened my laptop and began writing in a completely different way and 12 songs later Im still doing it.

AO: You’re influenced by a number of genres which characterizes your sound. If you were to describe your sound to someone, how would you describe it?
DR: I’d say that each song exists in its own place- but you can find that place if you take a sharp left at Awolnation, follow down the road to Atlas Genius, and smoked a bit of Electro J, all while humming a Keane melody. Or was it a Postal Service Melody. Either way – that’s about where we’re sitting. If that makes any sense at all.

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