Interview With John DiBattista Of Fall To Grace
Los Angeles, California's FALL TO GRACE have been been ripping it up throughout many top rock venues as of late and are getting ready to record their debut full-length album. This is a band that seems to have a real strong grasp on the best elements of metal music and also straight ahead Rock, because I hear all of it in their music. They have a real fret burner also doubling as the band's lead vocalist in John DiBattista. I got some Q&A in with him to learn more about this exciting unsigned heavy music act.
Rocket: Are you originally from Los Angeles?
Johnny: Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I moved to Los Angeles at age 11.
Rocket: Right on. When did you first start singing?
Johnny: When Fall To Grace was formed, about 3 years ago. I just played guitar before that.
Rocket: How did you initially join up with Fall To Grace?
Johnny: I started the band with Silas. We were the original members. We were introduced by an old friend and original bassist of the band, who is no longer with us.
Rocket: Can you tell me who are a few of your biggest influences from a singing standpoint, past or present?
Johnny: Alice in Chains, Godsmack, Metallica.
Rocket: What hard rock or metal bands are you typically looking to for inspiration when you write your lyrics?
Johnny: I don't look to bands for inspiration, my lyrics are taken mostly from a spiritual or religious point of view.
Rocket: Bro, I don't ever give much kudos out to electric guitar players cause most of them have major egos -- and I hate strokin that sort of thing. But you absolutely rip up the lead work in many different FTG songs. Now as I understand it, Silas tell me that you didn't play lead guitar when you first joined FTG, is that right?
Johnny: He's smokin grass. I've always been the lead player in this band. He writes the main riffs. I write the leads. Maybe you guys misunderstood each other.
Rocket: Haha. My bads, bro. I must have been high during our last meeting. What kind of guitars are you playing on in the studio and live?
Johnny: I have only one guitar, ESP K-500. It's a work horse, beat the shit out of it and it stays in perfect tune. Never had it worked on, straight from the factory set up.
Rocket: And what kind of amp rig?
Johnny: Line 6 III head.150 watt 300 watt mesa cabinet.
Rocket: FTG is working on some new material at this point for its debut full length, right?
Johnny: The album should be started in september and we are looking at 10 -12 tracks.
Rocket: Do you go through any vocal warm-ups before going out to perform live? Or is it just knock back a couple of Jag bombs and let the shit fly?
Johnny: I use Nice cough drops and wash em down with a couple Bud lights. They really open the air way up, the cough drops that is.
Rocket: Cool. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while performing for a crowd?
Johnny: I approached the mic to fast and split my lip on it, because I rammed it so hard. I bled the rest of the show. I'm sure it was funny to everyone else.
Rocket: This band remains unsigned, but I see that coming to and end sooner rather than later. Who are a few of the indie labels out there that you respect?
Johnny: I pay no attention to the music scene. I coudn't tell ya who the hell is out there. I leave that shit to Silas and Kane.
Rocket: So what's your favorite metal album so far for 2006?
Johnny: I listen to 105.1 classical. I haven't bought an album in about 10 years.
Rocket: What are a few of the upcoming Fall To Grace shows we need to be aware of?
Johnny: We are laying low and preparing for the studio. No shows set up yet.
Rocket: Well, thanks for taking the time out with me on this, Johnny. Give a shoutout to your biggest supporters.
Johnny: Thanx everyone for the support, you know who you are. Thanx to all the band members and their families for putting up with me. God bless this metal mess.
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