How would you describe your music?
Our music is a bit-part rock, a bit-part metal, a bit-part punk rock, with a few drops of epic. It’s all about having fun; it’s energetic and powerful.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
I started this project when I stopped working in my previous metal band, I was alone creating songs at home but I missed being on stage, so I decided to start a band with this new material. It was hard to find good musicians and I changed multiple times, but finally I found Meumeu on the bass guitar and then I met Raph on lead guitar and he brought his brother Alex at the drum. We have been together for more than 3 years and it’s really nice playing with these guys. Like a family.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Basically I started listening to rock and metal music, when I was young. I bought my first Meat loaf (bat out of hell II) album at 13. Then I bought Rhapsody (symphony of enchanted lands II ), RATM .. and so on. So my ears used to listen heavy strong music. I learnt playing guitars with Iced earth and Children of Bodom. I played mostly thrash and death metal in the past. But I always loved rock (Meat loaf, Nickelback, halestorm etc.. ).
My musical heroes are many, someone that no one knows is my first hero and best friend Seb. He gave me the will to really work my guitar, he helped me a lot by teaching me Cubase, how to make a good sound, how to play some very tricky riffs. He played different band in the past ex : Soulmaker but stopped being in band, sadly, he is so talented.
I love Alexis Lahio from Children of bodom, I learnt so much from his music. Jon Schaffer from iced earth, such a strong right handed guitarist. Bon jovi for his amazing voice, Lzzy Hale, Norifumi Shima (Concerto moon), Chad kruger, Kai Hansen from Gammaray (amazing guy IRL !!) Steve Vai, Luca Turilli, Fabio Lione, Elyze Rid, Mickael Jackson, I can do this all day long, there are so many good musicians out there.
What inspires you?
Pretty much anything, I’m really inspired by the moment. Suddenly, I know I must take my guitar and play. Something will come out. My state of mind at this moment is a big influence. I also think about people when I compose, good memories, bad memories, they are triggering my inspiration.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
100% write at home in my home studio, my memory sucks like hell ! I can’t rely on it, so I used to record everything I play. So when I write, I start my computer, open up cubase, Add a drum track very basic, I choose the tempo depending on what kind of track I want to compose. Then I record everything I play. I play some rhythm during hours and keep what is nice, then I try some melodies, and I build a song step by step. It’s very random and completely by luck 🙂 It’s very rare when I already know exactly how the melody will be.
I have always found extremely difficult to write at the rehearsal room with the whole band, everybody is going in his own direction, and then even if we come up with something good, I can’t remember it 2 h later!
So yup, home studio is my thing!
What is your favourite song to perform live?
I love to play The poison in my veins, it’s my favourite song in Cloudfalls and it is usually the 4th song we will play, and at that precise moment my voice is warmed up and it’s exactly when I feel the best with it. So I can really have fun on this song. There is also different intensity on the vocals to play with. So good.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Oh boy, If I can tour with Halestorm in USA would be a dream, can you make that happen ? 🙂
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
The industry really changed a lot since I started my first band in 2003. Band never had that much possibilities to display their arts and music than in 2020 but there is so many bands everywhere, that it’s extremely noisy and hard to be heard. Paradox. The fans and listeners are now trained to consume music like chips, they don’t really pay attention anymore.
We arrived a point in the industry when the underground bands sounds as good as the “pros” but there is no room for everybody. I can’t imagine the true volume of new music that is posted online everyday, and the public seems comfortable just listening to pre-made shitty playlists: “good mood”, “happy life”, “work at home” etc… by spotify and friends. People don’t choose what to listen to anymore, they let someone else decide for them.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
So many good shit on tour you can imagine … I won’t talk about the girls here, it won’t be correct to do so, right ? 🙂
I made something insane in a show with my previous band In Arkadia (“In Arkadia origins” on spotify)
I made the crowd come up on stage with us, there was like half of the crowd there, like 200 people and I went down in the pit. I separated them in 2 and threw a damn insane wall of death ON STAGE !!! And I was the viewer 🙂 It was magical and crazy. I remember my musicians where scared about their gear, afraid someone would break something ah ah, but fuck! It was so good ! I’ll do it again someday for sure !
What are your future plans?
As a band, Cloudfalls id working on two albums at the same time. One brand new, with new songs. And an orchestral epic version of some past songs + new ones.