Having vocals isn’t always a plus. Instrumental metal can be just as rewarding. Deadfall is a duo of instrumentally efficient guys. Anders Ekdahl ©2011
Deadfall is a new acquaintance to me. What’s the story behind the band’s birth?
-Eddie Kim: I originally had the idea of writing a solo death metal project and ended up asking Sean to learn the bass parts to record the tunes and possibly play out live. Halfway through the project we got sidetracked and started to explore collaborative writing again. The tunes we started to come up with together eventually became the material heard on the New Light EP.
Just seeing your band name you could be mistaken for a German melodeath band. What is it that you’d like to say with your band name?
-Sean Dusoe: We never really looked at the name Deadfall in such a way but you definitely bring up a valid point. The name kind of came about randomly actually, Eddie had a song titled “Deadfall” on his death metal project that I practically obsessed with. At that point we came up with the idea to name the death metal project Deadfall, when, like Eddie had mentioned, we started to get sidetracked. We got so focused on the music we never really thought about doing a name change. We feel that the name still carries weight even in this new genre.
Everybody seems to need to compartmentalize and sometimes this take on stupid dimensions. For me that is new to your music “djent” doesn’t say too much other than it’s a guitar related term. How would you like to describe your music for me to easiest understand it?
-SD: Djent seems to have a different meaning depending on each person you ask. It seems to be more of a personalized term more than anything. In my opinion, the djent genre encapsulates incredibly complex polyrhythms, a solid well establishing and carrying groove with an ethereal ambiance on top that provides a very large and fulfilling sound. Another staple of the genre is also the guitar tone itself, as the heavy sounds tend to be very digital and crunchy, while the clean tones seem to have a very distinct bright quality to them
EK: You know you’re doing “djent” right when you can bob your head to it.
Since I don’t know anything about music theory or higher musical learning I wonder if there ever is a chance that the theoretical side of it takes over the emotional/spontaneous side? How do you balance these different sides?
-EK: I’m not thinking about music theory most of the time. But it does come in handy to polish off whatever riff/lick created out of spontaneity/emotion.
When you have no vocals for the listener to focus on what else become important to focus on?
-SD: Without vocals, we have to make sure every other element is really apparent. We always emphasize groove, if you’re grooving hard vocals aren’t really a key component. Also, the many layers we are adding fill in some of that emptiness that vocals would otherwise provide
When writing music with no vocals to consider what freedom does that give you as composers?
-EK: You would think that song structure would go out the window without vocal parts but that isn’t the case for us. We’re always conscious of song structure, i.e. verses and choruses, since we eventually do want to get vocals onto the project.
How much time do you spend on writing a song and when do you know that it’s done?
-SD: This is a question that’s really hard to answer, as every song we have written so far has been incredibly different. We try not to put a time limit on a song, we let the song speak for itself.
Being a two-piece limits your possibilities to play live. Is that something you consider when writing the music?
-ED: I do get a little crazy on the guitar layers when we’re writing. You pretty much need over 9,000 guitar players sometimes to fully recreate the song live. Since we eventually do want to play out with a full band, I’ve been thinking about how current and future songs can be executed with three guitar players.
I guess every musician has dreams and expectations for his/her music. What is it that you expect to come from the release of your EP?
-SD: Of course like you said we have dreams that are probably a bit ridiculous to expect from this first EP. We’d love for this album to soar it take us somewhere huge, but realistically we are just looking to get ourselves noticed. Create some buzz about what we are doing and proving that Deadfall is a strong addition to the djent genre.
Now that you’re done releasing your first record where do you plan to take Deadfall?
-ED: Since the release of the EP we’ve continued to write more material. We also plan on looking for other musicians to complete the project: guitarists, drummer, vocalist. Anyone can stay up to date with Deadfall either through http://www.youtube.com/eddiekim, http://www.facebook.com/deadfall1, http://www.soundcloud/eykim87, and http://www.twitter.com/eykim87.