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JUPITER FALLS


Jupiter Falls are a Leeds based five-piece, about to release their debut full-length album 'Revolution'. The band formed in 2013 and raised their profile in 2014 as the support act on Jake E Lee's Red Dragon Cartel tour in France and the UK. They managed to secure the services of Roy Z (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson) to produce the album and Dave Bott put some questions to lead singer James Hart and lead guitarist Deano Silk to find out more.


Jupiter-Falls Interview

Obviously Jupiter Falls will be a new name to a lot of people so could you start by telling me how the band came together?


James - It all started when I saw this guy (Deano) on youtube doing some guitar covers that absolutely blew me away. I decided to send him a private message and asked if I could use one of his tracks to record a vocal cover. A few weeks later we got chatting online and decided we would like to maybe write a few songs together. We ended up writing about three and just decided it was too good not to put a band together. Over the next few months we continued writing what would turn out to be 'Revolution' all while putting the line up of the band together. I think we had 9 tracks complete by the time we had our first practice as a full band. And from then on it just clicked.

Congratulations on the 'Revolution' album, how long did the whole writing and recording process take?

Deano - Thanks Dave. As James said we had written most of the album before putting the line up together and then added the final few tracks soon after. The process of it all was about 4 months from meeting, writing the album and putting the band together. We demo'd all the songs and then re recorded them with the other guys.

So are you writing all the time or was the writing done specifically for the album?

Deano - We are still writing all the time too but those initial songs were specifically for 'Revolution'.

OK, with that in mind, how does song creation take place? Do you sit down together and jam ideas or do you each come up with something and then meet up to progress what you have come up with?

James - We always have the same process for writing as we just find it works for us. Deano writes the music, records a demo of an instrumental and then gives it to me. I then write the melody and the lyrics to whatever subject we decide on. Record the demo and that's it really. Generally the guys love everything we come up with so it seems like a winning formula.

Do you have any particular inspiration for your musical and lyrical ideas?

James - As corny as it sounds Deano is my main inspiration because before we ever met I never had any writing inspiration at all. The guy just brings it out of me. My main topics for writing now are life experiences; either my own, Deano's or someone close to us.

The bio mentions bands such as Guns n Roses, Dio, Alter Bridge, Shinedown and Avenged Sevenfold. Do you regard these as influences and do you try to incorporate influences when writing songs?


Deano - My main influence is Slash so Guns n Roses are a big influence and Pink Floyd also, because I am a massive Dave Gilmour fan. I appreciate any guitarist from that era so I guess I take influence from everyone. We don't necessarily try to incorporate anybody when writing, it just seems to come out in the end product. We have so many influences so it's hard to think of any one in particular. The bands you mentioned are all bands we listen to so will always provide us some sort of influence.

How did well known producer Roy Z become involved with Jupiter Falls and did he shape the band's sound in any way? Did you actually get to work together with him in a studio environment?

James - Roy was introduced to us by our former management. We had been told he was interested in working with us and one day we got a call in the studio and it was Roy. He told us he loved our music and sound and he would love to work on it. So we re recorded everything for him and the rest as they say is history. We are just so excited to have him work on our album and have his name on there after he has worked with such big artists in the past.
Deano - We never actually got to work in the studio with Roy as he did all his magic from Los Angeles. But we spoke often via Skype and to be honest we had a mutual understanding of how we both wanted the record to sound. His vision was the same as ours.

Do you each have any personal favorite songs on 'Revolution'?

Deano - 'When The Time Is Right'.
James - 'Someday'. That song means a lot to me personally, and it always goes down a storm live too.

There is a good mix of styles on the album. Some songs have a lot of power but there are also passages of a more subtle nature. Are you comfortable writing with different levels of aggression in mind?

Deano - Yeah we are at ease with any style. We wanted to be different to the norm and not stick to just Hard Rock or Metal etc. We are still like that with the newer material recorded after 'Revolution' because that is who we are. We want to be able to kick your ass at certain times but then have lighters out the next and the response we have had from being like that has been amazing.

You were on Jake E Lee's Red Dragon Cartel tour back in 2014 so how did that come about? Was the tour a learning experience in any way and was there any interaction between the band and Lee?

James - It all came about as we had the same booking agent at the time. It was our first experience in Europe and also the bigger venues in the UK so it was like wow this is so different from playing say a pub – which we all have in previous bands.
Deano - It also opened our eyes as to just how hard it is. There is a lack of sleep and a great amount of travelling but it is all worth it doing the thing we love.
James - We used to hang with Jake and his band and crew regularly. It was really easy as they were all really nice guys too so that's a bonus.

What currently are the opportunities to play live? Is it mainly local venues?

James - We are currently just doing a few shows here and there. We have Legends Of Rock Festival coming up in October but are also in the process of arranging a UK tour for 'Revolution'.

When you play live do you usually just perform your own material or do you throw a few covers into the set as well?

Deano - We only ever play originals. At the end of the day the crowd come to see us so that's what we give them.
James - I have to add that we have the best fans in the world. They really are amazing.

Any bands out there you really would like to hook up with on a tour?

Deano - Anyone really, providing they are a similar style. We would love one day maybe to play with Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge, Shinedown, someone along those lines as we have been told in a few reviews it would be great to see that line up.

Finally guys, what does the immediate future have in store? Is it just touring the new CD or have you began to consider new songs already?

James - Well we have the album release in just a week or so, so right now we are gearing up for that as well as arranging the tour.
Deano - We also have the follow up to 'Revolution' well on the way with about 16 or 17 demo's done already. We are constantly coming up with new ideas and maturing our music all the time.
James - Yeah it's just constant at the moment, lots of things happening, so it's all go.


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