Interview with Alex Rye of Fall Of Earth
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Ever since I was a kid I wanted to do music. I remember sitting in the back of my mom’s car listening to tunes, pretending the cup holder was a mini stadium and I was the rock star inside playing to the audience. My dad always played music as well. It was a big part of my life from day one. If I didn’t pursue being a musician then I would definitely be a personal trainer and nutritionist. Unlike the party animal rock stars of the past I definitely believe it treating this profession like an athlete would. It’s a very physical job and my plan B has always been fitness and kinesiology.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Well there isn’t a lot of time spent not doing band related stuff haha. But when I’m not playing music I like to go outside, be in nature, & get exercise. I really enjoy how meditative those things are. It’s similar to being on stage. & when I’m by myself that’s when the juices flow. I can think about lyrics and story ideas. Watching a movie is also a great way to find inspiration for music. They can be so emotional and spark an idea, or show struggles you’ve never thought of before.
How long has your band been around?
The band has officially been around since April, 2019. After we found our bassist. Although Brody (guitarist) & Brendan (Drummer) have been playing together since they were very young. I found them about half a year before Aaron joined (bassist).
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are from Edmonton, The capital city of Alberta Canada. It was definitely helpful to be in a sort of hub for the music scene. Rather than starting off in a tiny town. Along with Calgary an equally large city just three hours from Edmonton, and my home town- we had a good platform to ignite our music career. It is however a very “rootin tootin” place to be, so I wouldn’t say it had much of an effect on how we write our songs.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
So upon figuring out how to best name the band, we wanted it to be something we believe in. Not that we believe the earth will fall in chaos or anything. We believed in bringing awareness to climate change, species extinction, and helping change the world through music. We had already written Fall Go Earth the song and therefore it paved the way for the naming of the band. A message we would all stand by.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
So far the most memorable show I have played would have to be our first album release show. Our second album release show at the time I’m writing this is tomorrow. Our album 1 cd release show was so full of love. Everyone got a cd, and everyone believed in our mission. Our new found fans could really see what the band was made of. Their kind words warmed my heart and gave us so much energy to continue down the path of music.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
My favourite venue so far has been Station on Jasper. A venue that has sadly closed down. We filmed an EPK video and the crowd was absolutely insane. A for sure goal for almost any band is to play at the Whiskey A Gogo. Legendary status venue!
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
My dream line up would be Trivium, Gojira, and between the buried and me. They’re bands I love, and also bands that we feel we sound similar to. Or at least could fit the bill!
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?
I would say that if you’re nervous about playing live its only scary for the first song. After that, it’s easy sailing and fun. Practicing your live sets is a must as well. Otherwise, you might be bored. If I had to give my younger self some advice it would be to network as hard as I could, and just keep working your ass off.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I think find peace still means the most to me. Its a song about our guitarists late father, and we all loved that man a lot. He was a great supporter to Brody (guitarist), and he was left us too soon. This song is a beautiful tribute to his life, and a powerful deep dive into the mind of Brody, as he grieves
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
One that gets requested a lot and is also so fun to play is Alchemy. Its one of our more hard rock type of songs, opposed to our usual melodic death metal. Its fun and upbeat and really gets the crowd rocking out. Another would be Medusa. We have only played it live once so far, but it is just such a wicked song. Probably one of our best!
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
The band members take turns coming up with ideas, and then its passed around and expanded upon. 4 brains are better than one. It might start with lyrics, or a good guitar riffs, then each member comes together to work on bringing it to life and making it as impactful as possible. My inspiration for writing is fantasy. Putting my self in the shoes of others more often then personal experiences. Im a story teller. I feel I excel when I’m given the chance to make a story with limitless possibilities.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
The messages portrayed in our songs are that of struggle. From all perspectives of life. Some personal, some fantasy. We really try to give the lyrics and the vibe of the instruments a true representation of the concept of each song. We also makes songs about humanities effects on the world. Our karma, our destruction of mother nature, and of ourselves.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
We try to work like a democracy. We’ll talk it out until everyone is happy. Although we all usually have a similar vision of what we want to do. We’re like brothers, of course we argue. That’s just family haha.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
We have many tours planned for this year and the next. Next up is another Canada tour to the east. We also have our second album “From The Ashes” set to release April 21, with a sweet music video release just after.
Lyric Video - Block Out The Sun -