What are your names?
My name is Yasmine. I’m the singer-guitarist of the band.
I’m Phil and I play drums
I’m Benji and i play guitar
I’m Pierre and I play Bass
What is the bands name?
We are Fall Flavored.
How did you come up with the bands name?
(phil) Just because the band was created during the fall season! And what is better than the dead leaves smell in forest during fall season.. ? Even after few members changes we keep this name because the spirit of the music remains the same and because it sounds great too.
What is your genre of music?
(Yasmine) I don’t know if we can be classified into a unique genre of music… mostly we are an alternative rock band with a lot of punk influences but we don’t have any boundaries. We play what we like, no matter what would the genre be. I play music for like… 13 years I guess now. something like that.
Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.
(Benji) Fall Flavored started with just two friends (me and a friend) playing in an another band near Lille, north of France. This band stopped but we still wanted to play some punk rock and we started a new band. We recruited a drummer (Phil) and a bassist (Pierre) a few time after. 2 years after the creation, the singer chose to leave the band and we have recruited Yasmine, our new front-women.
As an individual, I played in a lot of bands. With Fall Flavored I found a good team and I approach to what I always expected to do as a musician. It’s a lot of work, but I am very proud of our first album.
(Yasmine) I’m a philosophy student and a supervisor in a college.
(Phil) I’m R&D engineer in materials chemistry, I play drum for 17 years now. I started with classical music at school and because I started to hit hard I joined a punk rock band
(Pierre) I play the bass since something like 10 years. I started with my friends in High School and never stop playing in bands since then. And more personally, I’m IT engineer.
What made you go in to music?
(Yasmine) When I moved in France, my mother wanted me to make some artistic activity. So we chose music. I started in the ‘’conservatoire’’ (name of french classical music school) as a violinist. But it wasn’t enough for me, and I admired the one-man bands people. so I started learning other instruments on my own.
(Phil) When I was 13, an old best friend who is now a professional in classical music industry told me that I have some “good feelings” with music so he pushed me to join a music school. Unfortunately, instead of choosing piano or violin I have chosen one of the most noisy instrument… Drums!
(Pierre) Pretty much like in TV series ! I was in High School, one of my friend was playing guitar and we were spending a lot of time together. He teached me how to play the guitar. One day I went to a music shop with him and tried a bass “for fun”. It was like a revelation for me and I spent my first income (coming from a vacation job) to buy a bass.
Are you a signed?
Not at all. We doing all by our own. It’s a DIY band.
You released your debut album ‘180’ tell us more about it.
(Pierre) We try not to put musicals frontiers to our compositions. We wanted to explore multiple registers of music at the same time, but without denying our punk rock legacy. Our sound is definitely a melodic punk rock sound with influences such as Anti Flag or Sum 41, but there’s also some “MUSE-ish” or “KOBAIN-ish”, even post-rock sounds that are very recognizable. We’ve mix every of this and put all of our energy and inspirations in the last album.
(Phil) Yes, Pierre is right. You don’t have to be a punk rocker to love it! Even my mom listened to it and she loves it!
What was the writing process like?
(Yasmine) We have a commun cloud platform. Benji, Pierre and I poste our ideas of songs (most of the time, it’s just some chords and melodies). We discuss of it, change the structure, chords or some riffs. When it’s done, I start writing the voice parts and the text. After that we start playing the song together in rehearsals. And finally when all of this is done, we do a DIY record of it with our recording gear to be sure of how it sounds. And we improve the song again and again until we finally record it on an album (or not !)
(Phil) I add “boum boum tac” sounds on every tracks unless one of my mate asks me to play “boum tac boum” in a specific part. ( I’m not sure that is the right onomatopoeia in english haha!)
(Pierre) Yasmine have done a good sum up of our process. We also play the new song during our shows (one or two time) to see the audience reaction.
What was the recording process like?
(Yasmine) Very fast. As I said, we prepared the studio a lot with the DIY records. So when we arrived there, everything was ready. We only had to play our songs.
(Phil) We have recorded drums in the “sofa studio” for 2 Days. It was an intense work but necessarily because we wanted to have a really true and dynamic sound. For the rest, it is a home made work. Obviously we have worked with a truly amazing sound engineer named Romtomcat from the beginning to the end of the recording process.
Describe each track in two words.
Epic and colegram : Choice, Heavy
Mountain of rage : Angry, Cry
Nonsense : Absurd, Loneliness
Character in role play : Kawaii, Be yourself
Runaway : Dumb, Grunge
Sleep : Insomnia, Sheeps
Can’t be beaten : Fight, Fight
Stuck in life : Love, Death
Courtesy of Boris : Exemplary, Sadness
Jump : Fail, Fall
Do you have gigs coming up or a tour in planning?
(Benji) We have shows every week until april and make a little break on may to sleep and compose new stuff. We will add other shows soon. We have a secret project for fall of this year
If so where are you thinking of heading?
(Benji) just everywhere ! (laughs)
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
(Yasmine) I would love to play with musicians like rappers or so. I love ‘’trans-genre music’’ haha. So yeah, It would be a pleasure to try some project like that. I would enjoy it.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
(Yasmine) something like ‘’enjoy your defeats. they are lessons from which you can learn a lot’’.
(phil) “question your work all the time !!!!” true me it is really tiring…
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
(Yasmine) People dancing and enjoying our music. I guess that’s what I can’t forget.
(phil) My drumsticks ! because it is very painful to play without like John Bonham.
(Benji) Meet people and drink beers with them!