Interview With Christophe From Fall To Grace
Los Angeles, California's FALL TO GRACE has just received word that they are moving into the semi final stage of the National Bodog Battle Of The Bands competition and are to perform the next round of the contest on September 12th at The Roxy club. They are currently at work on their debut LP and still remain unsigned, but it looks very promising for the hard rockin bunch. They have great stage performance and blend the key elements of metal with a literal 'throwback' Rock-style so well that I just don't see them not making it to the top here very soon. I took some time to get more info on the group with their bass player, Christophe.
Rocket: So, are you a native of Los Angeles?
Chris: No. I was born and raised in Paris, France.
Rocket: When did you start playing the bass guitar?
Chris: When I was 14, I put a band together within 6 month after that. I did my first show in front of NUNS at a catholic school in Paris.
Rocket: Did you ever take any formal lessons or are you self-taught?
Chris: No lessons... can't you tell? Ha!
Rocket: Actually, uhh...haha... just kidding. What kind of basses are you playing live and in the studio?
Chris: I've got a Halo (shine) bass. I love it! It ooks and sounds brutal!! We tune in B and I didnt even have to have it worked on for that. Besides my new toy, I have a couple of Ibanez. They have the best neck.
Rocket: Right on. What brand of strings are you using currently? Is it a heavier or lighter gauge?
Chris: Haha. I have no idea what brand I get.. I change all the time. I just get heavy ones.
Rocket: That's a trip though. I am a bass expert. Have roadied as a bass tech for L.A. Sunset Strip bands over the years and also sold gear for Guitar Center, and most pro level bass players I have come aross are totally anal about this stuff. What kind of amp rig are you running out of?
Chris: I use SWR head amp and Ampeg cabinets.
Rocket: Yeah, Ampeg is good stuff. Who are a few of your biggest influences on bass from past or present?
Chris: Nikki Sixx just for who he is. Steve Harris... cause he's the best. I love Jason Newsted also... and Gene Simmons.
Rocket: Yeah, Gene Simmons takes a lot of heat for his playing... and while it's very simplistic, his tone is like one of the best ever heard. And it's a really customized sound he's developed through numerous things... kind of like how Van Halen operates with his sound. But it's all top secret, only their main techs and them know what's truly under the hood. Now I know that Fall To Grace is working on new material right now for a full-length debut album, correct? How is that going?
Chris: There's four more songs to go and we were going for 10 songs on the album, but I guess it's gonna be 12 now. Recording happens in September.
Rocket: Very cool. So what's your favorite metal album for 2006 so far?
Chris: I like the new Atreyu and the new Bolt Thrower... but i'm waiting for the new Maiden!
Rocket: Oh, hell yeah, bro. That's gonna one all of us go buy for sure. What's the funniest thing that's happened to you on stage?
Chris: Hmmm... things that happened are more eambarrassing than funny.
Rocket: Isn't that what makes them funny?
Chris: Well, like... get into a fight onstage...or being drunk and fall off the stage... hahaha...usual Rock N Roll stuff. Oh, once I was going crazy at the end of a set (with a previous band) and I was going to smash my bass against the amp. It just sounded great at the moment, when I realized that was my only bass at the time, so I tried to slow it down as I was smashin it. When I did, my strap got in between the bass and the amps and my wireless just exploded!!. The bass was fine though.
Rocket: Heavy metal. Makes me want to go break some shit right now! Ha! On your local music scene, who are a few of the other metal bands that impress you?
Rocket: Wow, I think that the L.A. scene is at its best in years right now with acts like Orcus and My Ruin kicking ass. What are some of the upcoming Fall To Grace shows we should be aware of?
Chris: Dude, I'm the bass player. I dont know those things! Haha.
Rocket: Give a shout out to your biggest supporter.
Chris: Thank you. Goodnight!!!
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