Interview: Abandon The Fall
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
My parents are responsible for opening the music portal. I had no other choice but to dive right in.
I currently do administrative work (billing analyst). I also have a background in Manufacturing/Production Control, so if there was no interest in music involved, I would be well suited for a life-long career in either of those professions.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I’ve gotten into a video editing deep dive as of late. Slowly I’m being pushed into taking on other creative avenues that go into building the ATF brand. I’m learning as time goes on that it takes more than just music to build any successful brand. This newly found interest definitely enhances the creativity much more - I’m doing everything within my power to take this God given gift/craft to the next level.
How long has your band been around?
I’ve been releasing music under the artist/producer name Abandon the Fall since early 2018. I produced, wrote and performed vocals on the early recordings. I then transitioned into instrumental EPs shortly after, and now find myself strictly focusing on feature work.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I’m based out of Houston, TX. The biggest inspiration Houston has had on my music (or the pursuit of) is seeing what others have built with an independent spirit.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
I’d have to say that name was God sent. I spent so much time thinking of a name, and just as soon as I stopped, it came to me just as fast. I wanted something relatable, something personal. Abandon the Fall is everything the human experience has to offer. It’s empowerment, it’s the most vulnerable of moments. It’s open and honest.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
To date, I haven’t played any shows. The current model followed for ATF would not translate well into a live setting.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Because I’m not making music with the intention of translating it into a live setting, per say, this is not something that I’ve given much thought to.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Advice for someone who is just getting to playing in a band - Be honest with yourself and those around you. The main objective should be to build unity and trust among your peers. Pursue with a faithful heart and all else will work itself out.
Advice to my younger self - Don’t rush!
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Make the main thing the main thing. No level of importance should be given to anything outside the current pursuit.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
It would have to be my first release “Enemy”. Not my most popular release by a long shot, but it taught me so much.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
No shows played to date and no future plans to do so at this moment.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
The creative process usually starts with a basic drum groove or riff. Either or usually provides a solid base for a potential song. The inspiration for writing lies in the passion I have for music. It’s fun. I just love it!
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
The goal is to capture the human experience in a sonic format. The aim is to make the music as relatable as possible.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Although I’m the sole member behind this project, there is collaborative work involved. No arguments, just love and music. There’s a common respect and professional courtesy given to every professional I work with, that in turn is reciprocated.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
More feature work to be released with some instrumental work mixed in. Stay tuned!