Interview with Teen Magazine

Over a year after its release, "Shimmer" is still pulling in significant rotations

January, 1999

TEEN: Why the name Fuel?

Brett Scallions: We were looking for something that was aggressive and strong and showed a lot of energy-and, well, fuel's an energy source it just seemed to fit us.

TEEN: What the secret to your success?

Brett Scallions: People have said we're workaholics. Everything we do, we do for the music. Before we were signed, we were working nonstop, carrying our own sound equipment and lights and everything. We love what we're doing and want to make the most of the opportunity.

TEEN: Your tour schedule's tough-you'll be on the road all year. What's that like?

Brett Scallions: We feel most comfortable onstage, playing loud and proud--it's what we love most. But you always have a huge stack of dirty clothes, and you're constantly trying to figure out when and where you'll be able to wash them.

TEEN: You guys spend so much time together-do you get along well?

Brett Scallions: We all have our own little quircks that might bug one another, but we just let them pass. At the end of the day you hang out and have fun together. It's just like family.

TEEN: When did you first get into music?

Brett Scallions: When I was 13 or 14, my brother came home from college one weekend with a friend's guitar. He sat down and was like, "Do you want me to teach you a chord?" He taught me a G chord. I sat there for two hours straight just playing that chord, and I think my fingers slipped and I actually ran into a C chord. It just progressed from there.

TEEN: How has success changed your everyday life?

Brett Scallions: We've got roadies now! I'm still the same person my mom raised me to be. We're all fairly humble guys, and we just love doing what we do.

TEEN: If you put your life philosophy on a bumper sticker, how would it read?

Brett Scallions: Enjoy it. Enjoy it while it lasts.