Wake Up Call For Those Who Said It Couldn’t Be Done: Fisher Proves
by Debbie Sealge
So what’s coming up in 2001 for Fisher?
RW: Touring hell.
KF: Lots of clubs and stuff.
RW: Actually, we start, we
were asked to play three shows at Sundance. So we’ll be up there
in January at Salt Lake City where, its really odd, like Salt Lake, Seattle
and then east of the Mississippi the song (I Will Love You) is really huge.
So when we just got back from this 12 city thing, it’s all through the
Midwest and East Coast. So its massive West Coast, it starts thinning
out more and more except for San Diego and Seattle. For whatever
Any of the LA radio stations picked you up yet?
RW: Not a single one yet.
KF: You know, the thing that
we learned is that things don’t start in LA, you know. We like to
think that LA and New York are cutting edge, but the bottom line is, the
labels start out with the smaller stations first, the little tiny ones.
And if they pick it up, they don’t have as much to lose and I guess you
don’t have to give them as big of gifts, you know? To get them
to start playing it.
There is that . . .
KF: Yeah, the gift, the gifting.
RW: But with us, they actually
started at top 40, which everyone went, are you nuts? Because that’s
the brass ring and they responded really well, so we’ve been really lucky.
KF: Yeah, I mean, my God,
we were doing a Christmas show last week with Christina Aguilera and I’m
like, what are we doing here? We’re Fisher!
I think that’s phenomenal, and you know what? That kind of media
attention is really well earned on your part.
KF: And its neat.
It’s your vibe, its cool.
Its just step one of many, I mean, you know, a lot of the hard core fans
were like, well, it didn’t chart after seven days. And we’re like,
you don’t understand. It could be months, it could be three CDs.
They don’t know what bands go through. They think you put it out
and you’re big, and this is a lot.
KF: Well, to them, since we’ve
made such a big splash in the internet world, they expect 2 million downloads
to transfer into 2 million in sales the first week, and that’s just not
how it works.
So how are you transferring that internet success to your touring now?
Do you have a mailing list so you can tell people when you are coming to
KF: Yeah, it was really neat
because we did a club show in New York City last week and it was as if
we were in our home town because we had all these internet friends and
fans that we made over the last couple of years.
RW: Yeah I just sent out,
Like I went through Outlook Express, cause one of the interesting things
is now Interscope handles the entire data base of all the fans, but they
can’t search it by city yet. We’re working on it for next year (2001),
I know, we can’t figure out why. But I have the fan base too, and
14,000 emails saved in one of the folders, so I’ll just type “find New
York,” hit it, and several hundred came up, threw them into another folder
and sent them all emails saying we’ll be playing in New York. Half
the addresses were dead already, but it came back cause we packed the place.
KF: I mean, sometimes you
feel like you are taking a chance going to a new city, but the fact that
you’ve already established an internet fan base there, they’re there for
RW: And people will say, do
you want to have dinner? We’ve had fans and we’ve hung out with them
for the whole day before hand, and it’s been amazing.
Sight seeing and stuff.
RW: Yeah, they’ll take us
sight seeing, they’ve invited us to their houses to stay. It’s the
KF: Its fine. Some people
think it’s kind of creepy, but I don’t know. When you’re writing
to someone for a year or two, I think you get a real sense, unless you’re
just stupid as a nail. I mean, I just think you can get a real sense
of whether they’re psycho or not, you know? They usually start writing
stuff like “I was walking through the woods and you naked came into my
head.” Then you know . . .
Warning, warning, danger Will Robinson!
KF: I don’t think we’ll be
having lunch in New York.
RW: Especially when they write
that to me!
KF: Then you back off from
some of those. You go oops, I don’t have time to answer that one
RW: But its funny, even with
everything that’s going on, and walking into the radio stations and them
saying “So, what’s it like to be a star?” Which, we’re like a million
miles from that, but saying well, maybe we’re actually getting closer to
that. But all this attention, all the best things are still like,
getting that email. And when I get that, and they’re like “This song
says everything, and my husband, that I’ve been with for 15 years, and
we’ve been working shifts, different shifts and taking care of the kids,
and we sat down and hugged each other all night because of that song, and
he’s gonna change his job. You know, we’re getting stuff like that,
and “Thank you, we finally were close again for the first time in five
years.” That’s all that matters. So, if we’re doing that, and
helping out a few people with that particular song, that’s what’s worth
Isn’t it interesting that you get your rewards in ways you never thought
KF: Oh yeah. When I
was in school and I’d sit down to a computer and I’d touch it, it would
like explode, you know? I’m not computer savvy.
RW: That hasn’t changed one
KF: It has not changed one
bit, and I don’t think I ever could have, first of all I don’t think I
could have ever imaged that a computer would change my life in such a drastic
way. Second of all, I don’t think I could have ever imaged going
on after Pat Benatar in an arena of 15,000 people. My girlfriends
and I used to walk down the road singing Pat Benatar songs. I used
to cover them in my first rock band, so its like, Fisher? After Pat
Benatar and then Fisher!
RW: That’s the part that’s
so unreal that you just don’t perceive it as other people perceive it.
Because you know, we’ll just be driving the Ford Exploder back to LA, and
tomorrow we’re on the plane to Oklahoma. So it’s just, its just really
You know, sometimes artists go through their entire careers still feeling
that way. And I think, in a sense, that’s a good thing.
RW: So do I.
And its those people who don’t think that way anymore, where you kind of
see their performance, really just what they put into their music, become
lackluster, you know? When it all becomes old hat . . .
RW: That’ll be no good.
Then I guess we’ll stop.
KF: Its interesting, the people
around us, we’re so not cocky and I think some of the people that we work
with, they’re used to those kind of bands, right? The cocky bands,
and so whenever we allow ourselves to enjoy a positive moment, it freaks
them out, because they’re like, oh man, is Fisher gonna stop being cool
now? Is that little switch in their brain gonna flip?
And we’re like, you know what guys? Calm down. We’re just enjoying
RW: Yeah they’ll call us when
we’re on the road and they’ll say, how did it go? We say we were
at three stations and it went great and they say that’s good, cause there
going to be some bad ones. We’re like, no s***?
KF: God Sherlock, you know,
RW: Did I say it wouldn’t
be this way? I haven’t experienced one yet? I’m not 14.
KF: Its weird, they are conditioned
to working with those kind of artists.
There is a reason that we are you know . . .
KF: And we’re not overnight
success here. We’ve earned our battle wounds. We’ve got our
battle wounds, and how ever far we go, we’ve earned it.
RW: So I always bring up our
Atlanta story. We got asked to play at the 94 Olympics. Turns
out of course, there was this explosion, and we were in Olympic village
as it is. So we show up, I have an 88 key keyboard four band, but
they’re renting the drum kit and the guitar amp, so those guys have it
made. I have this 110 pound keyboard. We go through security,
it’s a half mile walk. No golf carts, nothing to help.
KF: And it rained.
RW: So I schlep it, we go
on stage, it rains. Now in Olympic village is this guy dressed, for
whatever reason, as a giant blue tooth. And his job is to go around
reminding the athletes to brush their teeth. So we do this whole
set in the rain, to a giant dancing tooth.
Come on, you’re messing with me!
RW: So when we have a good
day at radio now, it’s a good damn day, because that was a baaad day!
KF: A baaad day.
RW: And we still were laughing
KF: I was devastated.
Oh, we played to a f***ing blue tooth.
RW: I didn’t even know what
it was. The guitar player and I Jim, we just kept looking out there
and I’m going that looks like a damn tooth. And we went and asked.
And he’s like oh, I remind the athletes, he was like a Crest, a Crest sponsored
KF: And there was a gold guy.
You know the blue guys?
Blue Man Group?
KF: Well this guy was like,
all in gold. He was all in gold and he was just like this tai chi
RW: This we have pictures
KF: So Jim and I have pictures
of where were like, facing the gold man.
RW: It was bad. That
was a weird day.
So, touring hell in 2001. Are you writing, are you creating?
Do you do well on the road with that?
RW: Actually, its interesting.
Two things have come up. We’ll be doing the tour, which they didn’t
know how long it would be, but it will probably be a lot of Borders book
stores cause the label, and we’ve decided now maybe there’ll be a second
single maybe in February or March. Then we just signed with a huge
booking agent, so he’s like maybe you should go on tour with David Gray,
so they’re working on all these things that would be great. So we
said, well, if we have any down time, we’d love to start writing.
Even though it seems really early, its never too early to start.
And they’re like, wow, that’d be great. And then Lenny Warniker,
who’s President of Dream Works was talking about us writing with Rufus
Wainwright for his next record, which would be wonderful. So that
kind of stuff will be great.
Well, I wish you a lot of luck with what you are doing. I think you’re
off to a wonderful start and right on for getting it going on the internet.
RW: It’s been the best thing!
“True North” is a beautiful collection
of music that speaks to the heart, whether it talks of becoming a victim
(“Human”) or everlasting love (“I Will Love You,”) Kathy
Fisher’s voice entwines perfectly with the thoughtfully written melodies
to make this a must hear. Two million people on the internet and
out there in radio land can’t be wrong! Sample a slice and let us
know what you think in the fan speak section below.
the Official Fisher Web Site
the Fisher Tour Schedule
Listen to and Purchase Fisher's "True North"
Photos by Debbie Seagle.
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Now its your turn, what do you think? Have
any comments and questions for Fisher? Her is your chance!
Posted by Max:
I haven't heard a note but I like the
people. I can understand why they are making it they have a great attitude.
The music industry needs more Fishers and less Fred Durst's!
I've been a Fisher fan for over six months
and what still amazes me is the depth of talent this couple possesses.
It must have been difficult deciding what songs to include in True North,
because they've got an arsenel of songs just as good or better. They are
sure to be a success for many years to come. AND THANK GOODNESS.
I have followed Kathy and Ron for years
before the album came out. The music is magic and so are they. Both work
very hard and really care about their fans. The music is very much like
they are:honest. Yes, "I Will Love You" is a deserved hit, but the rest
of the album rocks. Try "The Life" and "Never Say Never" for hard rock
I think it is very cool that this band
has found their success with the internet! No better way to do it than
take it directly to the fans. I hope this is first in a long string of
bands that are able to do this. Hats off to Fisher!