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By Request: The Fixx at Ridgefield Playhouse

Lead singer Cy Curnin talks about giving fans their fix of classic hits and old reliables this summer!

In a world of endless options, we have the ability to skip songs and “Unfriend” acquaintances with a quick click or tap. It’s surprising that not all concert set lists are determined in a similar manner. Though they have been active since 1979, the Fixx is ahead of the game as far as this social media trend is concerned. We recently sat down with Fixx front man Cy Curnin to chat about how the music industry has changed since his college days when the band was formed and what’s next on the band’s agenda. In this case, the fans will decide that! The band’s current summer tour is titled “By Request.” Fixx fans new and old can choose what the band plays live every night on their tour! Just email your Fixx favorites and city to thefixx.com, Tweet them on Twitter with the hashtag #FIXXSONGS, or Tag them on facebook.com/thefixx. Be sure to give it a whirl when the Fixx rocks out at the Ridgefield Playhouse on August 8!

Have you been to Connecticut before?

Connecticut’s a good place for us. I love the old history and the feel of the place. It’s not that dissimilar to the English countryside.

What stop on this tour has been your favorite thus far?

The best stop for me has been Santa Cruz on the beach. We do this show on the beach called “On the Boardwalk.” It’s this big stage with the ocean as the backdrop, and five or six thousand people camp out under the stars on the beach. Music outside sounds perfect. I think music was really made to be heard outside.

What has been your favorite moment with a fan this summer?

To meet the fans at the bus after the show that have been with us from the beginning and are now introducing their children to us is really great. There was a guy the other night, and his first show ever was a Fixx show when he was 14, and he brought his 14 year old daughter, and it was her first show ever too. He’s brought three of his daughters to our shows over the years I think. That feels good because it really feels like a family. It’s great to see that you can be a soundtrack to people’s lives.

What is your favorite song to play on tour?

We’ve actually been digging deep to our old stuff. There’s a song called “The Sign of Fire” from one of our older albums that really feels like it has legs of its own in 2014. We’re constantly rehearsing everyday in the afternoon. There’s one called “Big Wall” and another called “Running” from our past that we’re starting to play again. People are requesting the hits.

How did you come up with the idea to allow the fans to request songs at your concerts this summer?

Now that social media is so promotional, we’re a lot closer to the fans than we’ve ever been. The hardcore fans are always requesting different songs, so we thought we’d take note of a their requests because we can. We announce the name of the person who requested the song that night, and then we play it.

How have audiences been responding to the “By Request” theme?

Getting requests of stuff from the past shows that they’ve really done their homework. There’s a song called “I’ve Been There Before” that it turned up on the B-side of our first single that was requested one night. It’s like the fans are saying, “I know your history.”

How has the music scene changed over the course of the band’s career?

It’s very easy to pick out the negative. There’s a lot of generic dance music. It’s like wallpaper. Music is used in every facet of our lives, whether you choose to hear it or not. However, with the constant dance music, there’s no vulnerability exposed in that movement. At the same time, some artists today are really breaking out and exposing that vulnerability. There’s some good. My personal favorite is Bon Iver and a guy out of England called James Blake. He uses technology a little more than the others, but his voice shows a lot of emotion. 

You released Beautiful Friction two years ago. Any plans for new music on the horizon?

Yes! In fact, we’ve been in the studio the last winter and this spring putting finishing touches to a new Fixx album that should be out in the new year. Since we put out Beautiful Friction, having current material brings in people who probably wondered what happened to the band. It’s really re-stimulated the whole presence of the band. As a band, it’s vital to write current music. People live their lives in the current world. We think our music should reflect that too; we’re not just a nostalgia band. I think as a band, we’ve improved. Our friendships have become deeper and deeper. It really is a family.

If you could play alongside any artist or band, dead or alive, who would it be?

David Bowie.

What is your favorite summertime snack?

Fresh mangos.

What is your favorite summer jam, either by a favorite artist or a Fixx original?

Bob Marley’s “Sun Is Shining.” It’s an oldie, but it’s a classic.

The Fixx
August 8, 2014
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $38.00

Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT 06877

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