Get to know the California alternative/pop rock band Till I Fall! Their newest single “Walk With Me,” was released on March 6th and it smoothly falls into a variety of rock sub-genres, making it an enjoyable fit for a wide range of listeners. Uniquely influenced by a 14th century Italian narrative poem (“The Inferno” by Dante Alighieri), “Walk With Me” carries a distinctive origin story that differs from other bands on the rise.
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Learn more about Till I Fall in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time today. So how are you all keeping busy and musical these days during this crazy Covid-19 pandemic? How are you staying connected to your fans?
Thanks for having us! The days are all starting to mesh together but staying productive is definitely the key to keeping my sanity, luckily all of us have home recording equipment so we’ve been writing and demoing constantly since the shelter-in-place began here in California. So far we’ve been going live from our Instagram and Facebook periodically to play songs and hangout and also released a Quarantine playlist on our Spotify featuring some of our friends in the DIY music scene.
What kind of music do you think is going to come out of these crazy times? Are you working on anything new right now?
Probably some of the best music ever written, now more than ever is the time to channel all this energy into something creative and inspiring for people. Yes, we’ve all been putting time into collaboratively working on Till I Fall music as well as creating music for our respective personal projects too.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could all be in this group together? Do you find that your band name still represents you and your music today? Where did your name come from exactly? What other names were you considering?
I (Brandon) met Zax, Anthony, and Scott at all different points between the age of 14 and 23. By the time I had met Scott, the band had already been together for a couple years, but Zax and I were looking for a new drummer and to expand from 3 piece to a 4 piece. When the 4 of us were able to play a bit and get some shows done together, Zax and I both agreed the chemistry was great and we just let everything play out from there.
How do you think your hometown has influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group? If not, why do you think that is?
All of us grew up in San Jose playing in separate bands in our local music scene and I think our scene helped mold who we are as songwriters and how we create, we all do have separate influences we pull from varying from 90’s alternative, 2000’s pop punk, to reggae and old school hip hop. We always try to create the best Till I Fall ‘world’ in every song we write together.
Let’s talk about your newest track, “Walk With Me.” What was the inspiration for this song? Can you elaborate how it was influenced exactly by a 14th century Italian narrative poem (“The Inferno” by Dante Alighieri)? How do you think it compares to your earlier songs?
I started demoing the music for WWM during the Summer and had picked up The Inferno around the same time. A lot of the language and imagery in the text inspired the lyrics and direction of the song. Us 4 agree it’s a very different sound in comparison to everything else we’ve released up to this point, but that’s part of growing as a band and as songwriter’s in my opinion.
Do you have plans to put out a music video for “Walk With Me”?
At this point there are no plans for a music video, We do have a lyric video up for it on our YouTube channel!
Generally, how does this group go about writing your music? Do you write together or separately? What is the first step in your music-making process?
Usually both, most our song ideas start up as guitar riffs or a beat one of us has been working on individually and we build it together to create a full song, or Brandon or myself (Zax) will format instrumentation of a complete TIF song with lyrics and we bring that to Anthony and Scott.
I always like to ask bands how much you hang out socially apart from when you are creating and performing music?
We hangout a good amount outside of touring and songwriting! Although band productivity is primarily our focus whenever all of us get together in one room, we always set aside time for solid chillin and Domino’s pizza.
How do you feel that this band has grown since you first started working together? What has remained the same?
The band has always been a means of getting out energy and feeling, and a tool to represent our perspectives and experiences. I feel like that’s the thing we all want this to be no matter what genre or category we fall under. I think a reflection of growth can be heard in the music, but also, from a behind-the-scenes standpoint, how we approach a release or new project.
Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
Each one of these settings provides a different vibe. But we love touring and recording. Being on tour with friends, playing shows 5,6,7 times a week is heaven. Creating and collaborating in a studio setting or on a writing trip is also a unique and fun experience.
What do you think makes for an ideal show for this band? What have been some of your favorite shows and venues lately?
Any way for the 4 of us to play on stage together is an ideal show for us! Favorite local venues in San Jose would be The Ritz and the Art Boutiki, both we had the pleasure of performing at in 2019.
Do you have any tour dates scheduled for later this year? Have any dates been canceled yet due to the Coronavirus?
Ironically enough we were in the middle of setting up some dates when this all went down, but hopefully once we’ve all been given the clear on setting up shows and traveling we can set something fun up!
With all the different social media platforms out there, how do you balance it all? How do you think that social media has impacted this band? How often are you all on your different sites interacting with fans? How have you been able to utilize it through the years?
It’s tricky, every single social media outlet is unique in its own way, shape and form. I feel we’re still trying to find our strongest platform but we try to utilize every single post to its full potential. All of us have access and we do a great job creating relevant content ourselves for the band to keep promoting our brand and image. I feel like it’s a unique rubix cube for every artist out there, everyone’s band finds their own way to solve it and make it work in their favor. It’s all about staying consistent and learning from past mistakes.
What musicians have really been inspiring you all since you first started making music? Who would you still love to work with?
There are too many to list haha If we could collaborate with Hayley Williams, Dave Grohl, or Snoop Dogg we would be incredibly happy.
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
To just never give up on themselves in the pursuit of strength, happiness, or fulfillment.