One-on-One with Aaron Linkous from Everything Falls
By: Frank Iacono
The band burst onto the Washington D.C. metro scene in early 2012, with their debut EP Fight From Within. Fast-forward to the summer of 2015, and Everything Falls released their sophomore EP Through The Storm. That release was followed up with more regional touring around Northern New Jersey, New York City and Northern Virginia.
Now, here in early spring of 2020, frontman Aaron Linkous is rebuilding the band lineup and promoting his most recent release, the third EP titled Wolves At The Door. He released this EP from his new location in Nashville, Tennessee. Most might argue that this is truly where the journey began with Aaron being a graduate of the Recording Industry program at MTSU. “I’m happy and excited to be back in my old stomping grounds,” stated Linkous. The album is a collection of songs that Linkous wrote over the last decade or so and he states that, “This is easily the best music I’ve created to date, in my opinion! I might be just a little bit biased, but I’m very, very proud of this work and I truly believe our fans will thoroughly enjoy it! “Forsaken,” in particular, was written here in TN. I even tracked on that song at MTSU. Some friends of mine needed a band to record for their project and I was more than happy to oblige and get some free recording time.” Aaron laughingly stated, “It’s pretty awesome to see everything come full circle and to be back here releasing this song, and several others, for real this time.”
Everything Falls has been a labor of love for Linkous, and he’s certainly worked hard at his craft over the last nine years. The band’s debut release, Fight From Within was released in November of 2011 and included their first mainstream hit, “Sorry To Say.” The video for “Sorry To Say” was featured on national media outlets such as Blank TV, Pure Grain Audio, The Cool TV, and Renegade Radio. In addition, Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood, Gold’s Gym and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line chose to promote the single. The song was also used by nationally televised and British-based professional wrestling program, UK Wrestling Experience. Other notable hits off of the album were the singles “Come On” and “Everything That You Wanted.”
In late 2012, Everything Falls continued their promotional tour for the EP, and ultimately landed an interview with The Real Radio Show in Long Island, NY–Interesting Fact: While the interview was going on Hurricane Sandy was raging outside, ultimately, stranding Aaron and family in Long Island for several days. As the band gained momentum, new opportunities presented themselves, and Linkous eventually made the difficult decision to relocate the band to the New York City metro area.
In 2013, Linkous began rebuilding. After multiple changes in the lineup, Everything Falls was finally ready to head into the world-renowned Barber Shop Studios with Producer Brody Greif in 2015. Three of the notable singles from the Through The Storm album were “Let It Go (Enemy),” “Daylight Takes The Dawn,” and “This Time.” Touring continued, landing opening spots for bands such as Shaman’s Harvest, Hinder, Saving Abel, and Sponge. Everything Falls also competed in the 97.9X regional finals for NeXt To Rock.
They were one of ten bands chosen to compete for a chance to go to the finals in Los Angeles. They were also chosen to perform on the Real Radio Show for a second time, On The Red Carpet with Melissa D. Gordon, Ava Live, Rogue Intel, Neuregel Radio, and Asbury Park’s “Light Of Day Winterfest 2018.” Regarding the difficulties that he encountered throughout the relocation process, Linkous stated, “The transition from D.C. to New Jersey was challenging, but I knew that it was necessary if Everything Falls was going to rise to the top. I’ve learned to trust my instincts and never let anyone deter me from my goals. I believe in this band, and I believe in our music. Everything Falls has accomplished a lot up to this point, but we still have so much room for growth,” said Linkous. “We’re hungry to break into the regional scene and to make our live show something that fans are lining up to see. I believe that our new EP will definitely catch the ear of a lot of potential fans. I’m extremely proud of Wolves At The Door! Now it’s time to see what the world thinks about it,” said Linkous.
In this edition of Music Player Magazine, we caught up with Aaron Linkous from Everything Falls where we talked about his musical influences, his songwriting and recording process, his experience in the music industry as well as his short and long-term future plans.
MPM: At what age did you realize that you wanted to be a musician?
AL: I always sang when I was younger. If I didn’t have the lyrics to a song, then I’d sit down with a piece of paper and listen to the song over and over until I had all the lyrics. It was a hobby of mine I guess, but it helped me later on when I started writing songs. I picked up the guitar at the age of 12. My best friend at the time played guitar. When I would go to his house he was always playing, so it became kind of boring just watching him play and I figured I should probably learn to play too. I played in a cover band in high school. We played around my hometown at middle school dances, local festivals, we even played a wedding reception once.
I was probably 18 though when I realized that music was something that I was very passionate about and that I wanted to pursue. From there I put myself through college at MTSU where I majored in the recording industry program. MTSU is one of the top recording programs in the country. I believe it was something like only 52 candidates made it into the program every semester. So, you started out with massive classes and by the time you were at the end of the program there might have been 15 people per class. I specifically put myself through that program because I wanted a career in music.
MPM: What famous musicians do you admire and how have they influenced you musically and as a performer?
AL: I’m definitely a huge fan of 90’s music. The first rock band I really listened to was Live. From there, I listened to Green Day, Bush, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Metallica and so many others that I’d be naming them all day. Once I was in high school, I started listening to a lot of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Creedence Clearwater Revival. I was actually nicknamed “Little Fogerty” because a lot of my fellow classmates thought I sounded just like John Fogerty. I was asked by teachers and students to sing in the middle of class and even in the middle of lunch one day. One of my football coaches was talking to another teacher about my singing and my coach said, “go ahead and sing for him.” I was a little hesitant but did it anyways. The whole lunch room went silent and they just started listening to me sing. That was pretty cool, and I think to this day that CCR and Fogerty made my voice what it is today. From there, I listened to bands like Lifehouse, Three Doors Down, Three Days Grace, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Seether, Breaking Benjamin, Matchbox 20 and the list goes on. Every one of these bands taught me something about songwriting or writing lyrics with great imagery. I didn’t just listen to these albums I studied them.
MPM: How did you come up with the band name Everything Falls?
AL: Everything Falls is my carpe diem. We’re only blessed with so much time on this Earth, and I want to use that time wisely. Some might think at first glance that it has negative connotations, but for me it’s a realist’s approach to everyday life. Celebrate life and live it to its fullest because you only get so much of it.
MPM: How would you describe Everything Falls’ musical genre?
AL: I would describe our sound as rock, modern rock and maybe a bit of 90’s alternative. We’ve been compared to Stone Temple Pilots, Metallica, Breaking Benjamin and a host of other bands, but we have a unique, fresh sound that sets us apart from them all.
MPM: Personally, one of my favorite songs off of your third EP Wolves at the Door is the lead track called “Sleep Is for the Dead,” so can you share with us the meaning behind it?
AL: Yeah, that’s a great song. “Sleep,” fell into place when I was working third shift as a supervisor at a major laboratory in NJ. I was stressed and anxious a lot. I wasn’t sleeping very well, or at all sometimes. One morning, I finally came to the conclusion that sleep is for the dead. It became somewhat of a motivational chant that I’d tell myself to get through another day without sleep. It was really a way of taking a horrible situation and trying to make it seem so much more manageable.
MPM: Can you describe for us your song writing, studio recording and video production process behind the second single from Wolves At The Door entitled “Forsaken”?
“Forsaken” is actually another older song of mine. I wrote it when I was 18 or so. It’s definitely been one of my personal favorites and has impressed many fans over the years. However, when it came to actually recording the track, though, I continued to overlook it for the first couple of EPs. I didn’t feel like the timing was right. I wanted to give this song the best possible chance to be heard by as many people as possible. I feel like that time has come. As a musician, I finally have a really good system in place for me to take advantage of my goals. Knowing that made me push forward with “Forsaken” and put it on this album. It’s a beautiful song that I believe speaks to a lot of people.
The initial reviews from the photo videos that I released on YouTube have been nothing short of amazing! The first video blasted out to 111k views in about a month’s time. The second lyric video has done fairly well, also reaching around 17k in the first month or so.
MPM: Can you describe for us the song writing, studio recording and video production process behind the lead single “Let It Go (Enemy)” from your second EP entitled Through The Storm?
I began writing “Let It Go (Enemy)” in mid-2012. I wanted a song with a little more power to it. Something that would truly rile a live crowd up. In the studio we stuck to that live feel. We didn’t spend time tweaking every little strum on the guitar or on the drums. It was the feeling of the song that we were after and I believe we achieved that driving beat that just calls out to all of the rockers out there. We recorded bass and drums simultaneously together. Followed with myself cranking out the rhythm tracks. We followed it up with lead guitar and vocals. It’s polished, but not overly polished and you can still sense that original energy that I imagined the song would have from the moment I started writing it.
The making of the video was much the same. We planned out an excellent storyboard, but some things we did tweak on the fly. It was a rather large shoot as I think the whole video has around 15 separate actors or musicians in it. Not enormous or anything, but a rather large undertaking for an indie band that’s trying to keep to a budget. Ultimately, it turned out extremely well and I believe the audience enjoyed it upon its release.
MPM: From a song writing, studio recording and accompanying music video perspective, please share the background surrounding the second single from Through The Storm entitled “Daylight Takes The Dawn”?
I wrote “Daylight Takes The Dawn” (DTTD) back in 2012. It was always meant to be that song about an artist on the road missing his family. I pictured the cold weather and the long days of being away from the people that I love the most. Hopefully, most people will say that I sold that idea.
The recording of DTTD took place at Barbershop Studios in Hopatcong, New Jersey. We had a blast tracking there and tried to really sink our teeth into this song. It’s definitely a stand out track from our sophomore CD Through The Storm.
The video for DTTD was filmed, directed, and edited by the TV/Film department at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. The video was filmed on location at DeSales along with home scenes shot at mine and my wife’s Townhouse in NJ. We simply stuck to the storyline conveyed in the song and tried our best to make it as realistic as possible for the audience. The weather even helped out nicely by dropping some snow on the ground just in time for the filming. We had a wonderful team assigned to the project and we couldn’t be any prouder of this video. Everyone should check it out if they haven’t already! Also, share it like crazy on your social media!!! We truly need everyone’s support.
MPM: Can you describe for us the Everything Falls song writing, recording and video production process behind the song “Sorry to Say” which appeared on the debut EP Fight From Within?
AL: I wrote the song “Sorry To Say” when I was 18. It’s a song that I’ve played and recorded with my band Linkous in Nashville and with Everything Falls. So, this song has been a standard song for me for almost 20 years now. I recorded the song with producer Scott Robinson at his Sonic Sweets Studio. On the track I played rhythm guitar, bass, and sang lead vocals and harmonies.
The video production was completed by Taylor Morden and Joe Mach. They also did all of the set design. The storyline was created by Mandy Linkous, my wife. We hired 3 individuals to be a part of the video. Nic Detorie played the lead actor along with our female lead Brittany Martz. Tara Brown was our second female actress. We shot the video over two days at a warehouse in Falls Church, VA. It was actually where Mike Smith, my original bassist, and I worked. Our boss suggested and allowed us to use the space, which was a tremendous help. Taylor and Joe did an outstanding job with the production and I’ve been very proud to show that video to anybody and everybody that I could for years.
MPM: What do you think separates Everything Falls from similar bands and keeps you guys motivated?
AL: From what most of our fans have said, it’s our songwriting. After listening to our music, they’ve mentioned that we aren’t just another garage band. To that extent, I’ve approached this band kind of like a solo artist and I’ve built Everything Falls around my songs and my voice. It was necessary for me to set things up that way because I’ve had to move several times and may still have to in the future due to my wife’s job. I, however, believe this has been a blessing in disguise. As a result of this unique situation it has allowed me to grow my overall sound and has given me the flexibility to maneuver through the many pitfalls that accompany this industry.
MPM: In what ways does Everything Falls market band appearances, sell merchandise and stay connected to their fans?
The number one way for us to keep up in touch with our fans is through our email newsletters. Fans can sign up by visiting our website (https://www.everythingfallsband.com) or at one of our live shows. We feature monthly giveaways and provide exclusive sales. Additionally, we have an online store where fans can purchase merchandise and our music library.
You can also find us on most social media platforms. To stay connected with Everything Falls, please visit the following:
- Everything Falls Website
- Everything Falls Facebook
- Everything Falls Twitter
- Everything Falls ReverbNation
- Everything Falls YouTube
- Everything Falls Sound Cloud
- Everything Falls Band Camp
MPM: What famous song do you wish you had been credited with writing and performing?
AL: That’s a tough question! I can think of a ton of great songs that I wish I had penned and performed. I would have to say “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers. That’s hands down one of the most beautiful songs ever written in my opinion.
MPM: What does the short and long-term outlook look like for Everything Falls?
AL: Short-term: Finish building out the new lineup here in Nashville. I have a wonderful drummer in Aaron Carty. We’re holding lots of auditions and I hope to be fully operational in the very near future. Long-Term: Play, play, play! We want to jump into the fray and really establish ourselves in the Nashville region and across Tennessee. I’m currently working on new material for the studio, but I don’t have any immediate plans to track a new album just yet.
About the Author: Frank Iacono
Since 2012, Frank Iacono has served as the President and CEO of The Creative Spotlight, the ultimate destination for unearthing a wealth of undiscovered musical talent, reading exciting interviews, releasing new music and sharing exclusive videos.
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