Catching up with Real Friends' Kyle Fasel

Kelley Sloot | June 2018

Real Friends begins Warped Tour this week and before the official tour begins, I got to hop on the phone with Kyle Fasel, the bassist of Real Friends, and ask him a few questions.

Photo credit: Megan Leetz

Photo credit: Megan Leetz

Q. You guys are currently on the road for Warped Tour… Is there one or two cities that you’re most excited for?

A. Kinda tough to say. We just haven’t toured in the U.S. in a while…It’s been a year. We’re starting here in Pomona (California), actually, we start the tour tomorrow. I’m pretty excited to play here because it’s been so long. Of course, we’re really excited for the Chicago date, it’s actually in Tinley Park, our home town. So yeah, really stoked for those two but we are really excited for the entire tour and getting back to it.

Q. Are you going to be playing any unreleased songs from Composure or are you going to mostly stick with the two songs that have already been released?

A. I think we’re just going to be playing the couple that have already been released from the record. I think in this setting it’s definitely better to play songs that everyone already knows.

Q. The From The Outside music video was recently released as well…How did you guys come up with the colorful concept of the entire thing?

A. The director, Caleb Mallory, was actually the one who came up with it. We thought it was a great idea and just all around a great video. It shows that everything looks happy on the surface, but there’s a lot more to it.

Q. Did each of you get to choose which color you played against?

A. Yeah! Well, I was supposed to be blue but Dan ended up being blue, I don’t really remember why. But for the most part we got to pick our colors.

Q. I was actually at the Composure listening party at Rowboat Creative last week and the turn out was awesome! How were the two other parties and how was it being able to talk one-on-one with fans?

A. I thought it was such a cool idea, especially because it was disguised as an acoustic show. But it was a reveal too because at that point, the album wasn’t even announced. So I thought it was really cool to reveal that to fans, especially in our home area. I think, when we were talking about the idea, we were really just all saying “What would we be stoked on? If we were a fan, what would be special to us?” And we came up with that idea.

I thought that it went over really well and it was cool for us to be able to do things that don’t involve us playing a concert. It adds more to the band. Don’t get me wrong, playing live is great and it’s one of the best parts of being in the band, but I do think it’s really important to be able to step outside of the box and have people come together for the band.

Q. That’s awesome! I went alone but I did hear a lot of the fans talking about the record and to you guys and I think it was definitely cool because with a live concert, there’s not as much of a personal basis as there was with the party. And I’ve never been to one of those before, so I thought it was really cool.

A. Yeah… It was really hot hahahaha. But it gives us a chance to go one-on-one with fans and be able to actually sit and talk for 10 minutes. Like for Warped Tour, everyday we’re doing a meet and greet, technically. But it’s really just a picture with the band. We don’t really have time to actually talk to people and hear how much they like the record and everything.

We’ve been a band for 8 years now, so the events were also cool because it’s a way for fans to socialize with each other. There’s a lot of groups that are friends because of our band. That’s crazy to me. I think those events can spark friendships as well.

Q. Okay well I have one more question for you! If you could go back in time and talk to yourself and the band when your record Maybe This Place is the Same and We’re Just Changing came out, what would you tell them as words of wisdom or advice?

A. Oh, that’s a tough question! It kind of almost goes back to what I was just talking about. I would push us to be more social with fans and really try to engage a bit more. We were never a band that sat in the corner to our bands. Those events over this past year have showed me that fans are everything. You know?

And I think that there were times in the past where we didn’t give the proper attention that I think we should have to the fans. Whether it be in a live setting or whether it be doing more fun and creative things like the listening party. So just socializing more with fans and trying to push boundaries even more creatively whether it be through events or at concerts.

Kyle has recently released his first poetry book titled nothing memorable stays the sameReal Friends is currently on tour with Warped Tour. Buy tickets here.

Composure will be released July 13th, 2018. You can pre-order the new album and check Real Friends out on social media through the links below.

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Written by Kelley Sloot (IG, Twitter @kelleysloot).

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Photo compliments of Moose Blood

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