Fallen Riviera Interview - Quickly Raising the Bar


After establishing a loyal fan base within the Los Angeles music scene, Fallen Riviera continues to deliver innovative music akin to the sounds of The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie and Snow Patrol. With the “Six Mines” EP, the music video for “This Is Who I Am,” and the hit single “Somebody Take Me” already making waves, the highly anticipated release of Fallen Riviera’s album, Another World, is definitely one to watch for in 2013. Fallen Riviera bridges a generational gap that continues to grow wider as music is becomes more and more electronic.


Splash Magazines discussed what ‘a day in the life’ is like as well as what its like to be compared to a few ‘high rollers’!


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Sargent: How did you know you wanted to be a musician?

Will: Iʼve been a musician for as long as I can remember. I was seven when I

started playing the piano.

Steve: At four years old when I heard ʻGet Off Of My Cloudʼ by The Rolling


Matt: When I spent most of my first year in college in my dorm room teaching

myself how to play bass instead of attending class; I dropped out to attend music

school the next year.

Nick: From the time I was really young, I was always interested in music. I started

teaching myself drums when I was 12 or 13 by listening to records and watching

videos, and attempting to figure out what the drummer was doing. By the time I

was 15, I had saved up enough money to buy my first kit, and from then on I

knew I couldn't be happy doing anything else.


Sargent: What was it like getting the band together, and what did it feel like when the final member joined?

Steve: Will and I formed the band while we were attending the Berklee College of

Music in Boston. After we moved out to Los Angeles, we went through various

line-up changes, mainly due to the fact that we were still finding our identity. Iʼve

actually known Matt since high school and we randomly met up again after

parting ways with our previous bassist. Matt joined the band and introduced us to

his good friend Nick, (who just so happened to be a beast of a drummer) and the

rest is history!


Sargent: How did you know this was 'it'

Will: I guess you never really know when "this is it", but I am certain we have

something special here. Weʼre committed to writing great songs and evoking

emotion in our listeners. We are very excited to get back out on the road this

spring and put on a shows that serves our album ʻAnother Worldʼ justice.


Sargent: What does 'Fallen Riviera' mean

Steve: Fallen Riviera is a fictional place in which our songs exist. Will is from a

town called Torquay, which is a part of the English Riviera, and I ironically grew

up in the Redondo Riviera in Redondo Beach, CA.


Sargent: What does your family think about your career choice

Will: My father is a musician so having grown up in a musical home I had a lot of

support in my career choice. Since I have been away from England my family

has seen the growth of the band and they are very proud I'm doing something I



Sargent: What is your vision for the band?

Steve: To continue writing the best songs we can and to build the Fallen Riviera

brand as big as we can!


Sargent: Describe your sound & why should we buy your new album

Steve: We are a modern rock band with classic rock influences. You should buy

our album because we feel weʼve made a great sounding record that is filled with

excellent songs and real performances. We arenʼt influenced by the enormous

amount of fluff that is popular at the moment, and I think that shines through.

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Sargent: What's it like being compared to The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, and Snow Patrol?

Will: An honor!


Sargent: I know you guys just wrapped up a mini-tour...what was that like?

Steve: It was a blast! We received a great response from the new material and it

was awesome getting to perform in cities we hadnʼt been. (Corvallis in particular!)


Sargent: Who would you love to work with in the future and collaborate with?

Steve: We feel like weʼve found a formula for success with our producers Wyn

Davis and Ken Scott, and weʼd love to continue cultivating and refining our sound

with them. As far as collaborating, itʼd be a blast to write a song with Dave Grohl.


Sargent: Any ritual before going on stage?

Will: I actually like to be alone. Take some time to gather myself and really

concentrate on the show ahead.


Sargent: Best advice for someone wanting to pursue a career in this industry

Matt: You have to have a true passion for your craft and the persistence and

drive to see it succeed. Lasting success will require an immense amount of time

and energy, but if you truly love what you do you'll never work a day in your life.


Fill the blanks:


- When playing music I feel like...

Matt: The truest version of myself


-Last thing we googled...

Will: Our new music video for "Those Times Are Gone"


-Favorite thing to do when we are off...

Will: I follow football (soccer) from home (UK), and I enjoy the outdoors of


Steve: In those rare occasions, I love to cook!

Matt: Offstage? Have a glass of wine and talk to our fans.

Nick: I don't do it nearly as often as I would like, but when I have time off I like to

take my boat out on the bay in San Diego, and go fishing.


Fallen Riviera:

Will Parry- Vocals/Piano

Steve Ornest- Guitar

Matthew Denis- Bass

Nick Adams- Drums


For more information please visit: www.fallenriviera.com


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