Share your life story with us.
False Gharial is a band of passionate musicians. It all started when Hatem, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, moved from France to Singapore. He posted an ad in a local musician forum looking for a band and mentioned Paradise Lost as an influence. It turns out Paradise Lost is not common in Singapore and the ad interested Faisal, a big fan of PL. That’s how the 2 of them connected together and Hatem was introduced to Zan, the drummer, and Black, the lead guitarist of the band at that time.
List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.
Justin Ho: He patiently listened and provided feedback on the song structure and recording. His contribution is critical in this EP and we are so grateful to him.
Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.
“Birth” is a DIY EP, meaning all the recordings happened at Hatem’s basement. It was definitely a learning experience and a lot of time and effort were allocated to learn music production. We tried to capture this moment in a making-of music video.
Go into detail about your songwriting process.
Hatem, singer and rhythm guitar, is the main songwriter. It usually starts with the main riff that develops into a song structure then he shares it with the rest of the band. Bass and drums come next, then leads and finally vocals.
Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.
Francois recently joined the band as a lead guitar, and he is very proficient and a riff machine. We will be looking at releasing a full album by the end of the year with him.
Tell us what you are doing to increase your fan base.
We are trying to play as many live venues as possible, also we are reaching out to blogs/music websites and see if they could review/write about us or about the EP.
Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career.
We never give up on music; we are just so passionate about it!
Go into detail on how you make your instrumentation or melody.
There is no magic formula; I usually start playing random riffs at rehearsal, practice, etc…Until one of the things catches my attention. I then build upon it until I reach a song structure upon which I share with members of the band for feedback. If that works well we include the feedback and take it from there for leads and vocals
Tell us your complete understanding of copyright.
We have a pretty good understanding of the music copyright. Our EP is copyrighted and protected by Compass, which is the Singaporean equivalent of the US ASCAP or BMI. All the songs have ISRC codes as well.
Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media.
The best way is definitely through our Facebook page
or via email
Give us the links to your various stores.
Tell us your favorite genre of music.
Heavy metal and progressive metal.
Tell us the subject matter of most of your songs.
It is mainly about injustice in this world and its implication to the weak people out there. Raped children, abused women forced into prostitution, terrorism victims…
Tell us all we need to know about this song.
This song is inspired by the movie of the same name and deals with prostitution from side, women, and clients. It features an epic Gilmouresque solo from David Wallimann.
Tell us what you think about digital distribution and streaming.
Digital distribution provides lots of opportunities for new bands to distribute their work at a low cost. But unfortunately, this creates competition and the market is flooded with lots of music. Your works need to stand out to be listened to. It also contributed a lot to the reduction of the music business as a whole.
Tell us various ways that artists can boost their revenue.
Merchandising definitely, but also premium/collector packages, vinyl, private encounters/lessons, etc… But to reach that level you need to build a strong presence in social media and become known, which is more and more difficult in today’s conditions.
Tell us your thought on self-training and going to an educational institution to study music.
I don’t have any opinion on it, as long as you can play good music, then whatever way you’ve chosen would work for you.
Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.
I obviously didn’t write any hit song 🙂 but it will probably need a simple structure, good melody, and originality.
Tell us what you will buy if you want to build your own studio.
Most probably a high-end gear: guitar, bass amp, and cabinets. Also a good-sounding drum kit and excellent recording mics. A good desktop with widescreen and the best of UAD / Waves and Slate digital plugins
Go on at length on what it takes to gain the attention of the audience while playing live.
Stage presence and communion with the public. Performance needs to be impressible and flawless as well
List your five favorite songwriters.
List your five favorite music producers.
Describe in detail how you feel when you hear your song on the radio.
Unfortunately, I still don’t know that feeling yet and I am really looking forward to discovering it.
Describe your best mood to write a song.
When I am sad.