Interviews May Fall

Published on March 2nd, 2024 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


May Fall and “Sleep” Takes Listeners on a Mesmerizing Journey into the Depths of the Mind

Introduction: Unveiling the Mysteries of Sleep

In the tapestry of human existence, sleep remains an enigma—a profound necessity that beckons even the weariest soul to its embrace. May Fall, the indie/alt/synth-pop virtuoso from Tel Aviv, delves into this nocturnal realm with a keen sense of wonder and exploration. Through his latest offering, “Sleep,” Fall invites listeners on a tantalizing odyssey into the labyrinthine corridors of subconsciousness, where dreams intertwine with reality, and imagination knows no bounds.

Exploring the Depths of Subconsciousness

For May Fall, the allure of sleep transcends mere rest; it embodies a journey of introspection and escape. In “Sleep,” he crafts a sonic tapestry that mirrors the ethereal beauty and haunting mystery of the dream world. With each pulsating beat and celestial harmony, Fall guides his audience through a symphony of emotions—a cathartic experience that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.

A Glimpse into the Mind: Submerge EP

“Sleep” serves as the mesmerizing centerpiece of Fall’s second EP, “Submerge.” Building upon the success of his critically acclaimed lead single, “Determinist,” Fall delves deeper into the recesses of the mind, exploring themes of self-discovery and existential introspection. Through his music, he transforms cerebral concepts into intoxicating melodies, captivating audiences with his profound insights and raw vulnerability.

Visualizing the Dream: Thanos Kallianiotis’s Cinematic Interpretation

In the accompanying music video for “Sleep,” director Thanos Kallianiotis transports viewers into a dreamscape reminiscent of a surrealist painting. Set against the backdrop of Thessaloniki, Greece, the ancient city becomes a canvas upon which Fall’s dreams and nightmares are brought to life. Through Kallianiotis’s masterful cinematography, the viewer is immersed in a world where reality and fantasy converge—a hauntingly beautiful exploration of the human psyche.

A Haunting Melody of Dreams and Desires

May Fall’s “Sleep” is more than a song—it’s a journey into the depths of the mind, a testament to the power of music to transcend the boundaries of consciousness. Through his ethereal melodies and introspective lyrics, Fall invites listeners to confront their deepest fears and desires, embarking on a transformative voyage into the unknown. As the music fades into the darkness, one can’t help but wonder what mysteries lie beneath the surface of our collective unconsciousness—and what dreams may come next.

Couldn’t pass up the chance to get May Fall to weigh in on a few things

What inspired you to create music?

I grew up in a musical house. We had a piano and a couple of guitars. As a little kid in the early 90s, good music was all around. You would open the TV in the middle of the day, and you would see Aerosmith, Guns n’ Roses, Nirvana and these great bands on MTV. Being a rockstar was cool, and around the age of 7 it came to be my first and only childhood dream. It was at that age when I started a band with my friends, and we started writing and recording songs before we knew any chords. I still got tons of cassettes we recorded during that era, it’s a bit embarrassing listening to them today but maybe one day I’ll release them. Anyway, I’ve been trying to make this seven years old kid’s dream come true ever since.

Your song “Sleep” does a great job of exploring the human mind and imagination. Is that an area you plan to keep exploring in the future with your music?

Thank you! The human mind is definitely one of the areas I like exploring most with my music, and I’ve been revisiting this area every now and then. Back in 2010, me and my band Road to Evenmind released a psychologically themed concept album revolving around a neurotic person’s experience from waking up to going to sleep, where he tries to diagnose himself and contemplates about mental states, dreams, consciousness, depression and more. With “Sleep” I’m returning to this area, and the next two singles from my new EP “Submerge” will do that as well.

If you were about to play your music for the first time for someone, what would you tell them to expect?

Well, first, I would tell them not to expect anything haha. I mean genre-wise I can tell them they are going to hear something that sounds like synth/indie/alt-pop with a lot of 80s vibes, and sometimes a little bit of jazz and funk. Structurally, you can say that my music abides the conventions of modern popular music. However, on the deeper level, while, my main objective is to be as unpredictable as possible within these conventions, while maintaining the flow of my music. It sometimes takes as little as one or two chords you’re not used to hear to surprise you, but there’s a delicate balance predictability and enjoyability, so you need to cross the line wisely and know when to come back to a more familiar territory. I want the listeners to be able to connect and enjoy throughout the song, but also get that sudden feeling of transcendence when they hear an unexpected yet beautiful musical move.

Is there a specific target audience that you try to create music for?

I think that I ultimately look for audience with a musical perception similar to mine. When I’m creating music, I want it to sound like something that I would enjoy listening to. Something that when it starts playing on the radio or Spotify would make me stop for a second and say – okay, this sounds like what my ears have been craving for, you got my attention. So I basically create music for myself, and hope that there are other people out there that would like it as well.

What is your musical dream or goal? Sell out a tour? Have one of your songs go #1 on the Billboard top 100?

This has probably changed countless times throughout my musical journey. I used to want to sell out a tour, to have a platinum selling album when albums were still selling, to win the grammy. To be honest, I no longer know what an achievement would be considered a success in my eyes. Obviously, having a song going #1 on the Billboard is a huge success, but many successful artists didn’t come close to that. So success is a very fluid term. I learned that setting unrealistic goals would just leave me disappointed, so to avoid that I decided to let go of all expectations and just to my best and hope to be surprised with the results.

If you could collaborate with any other music artist in the world, who would it be? And why?

There are so many music artists I admire but I think that I wouldn’t be able to collaborate with due to genre differences or simply because they are way over my league. I think that Louis Cole is an artist I would have loved collaborating with. I mean, he’s a phenomenal musician and I would probably feel like an amateur next to him, but I feel like his cool attitude not taking himself too seriously would make it a lot less intimidating.

What is the number one message that you try to express to your fans in your music?

I’m not sure if there’s one specific message which is of the greatest importance, but there are probably a few that change from song to song. In my previous EP I had songs like “Same Code” through which I wanted to convey a message that people should not overestimate their cultures, religions or beliefs. No one is superior, everything you think about yourself and about other people is based on social constructs, everyone are ultimately the same and we’re all meaningless and helpless against the forces of nature and physics. With “Blind Zone” I wanted to convey a message that all our opinions and beliefs are based on tendentious presentation of information we are exposed to, and that we should nurture critical thinking. This is a message that I feel very strongly about these days. In “Sleep” I try to convey a whole different message, that it’s okay to be melancholic, to not be able to function, to want to sleep all the time.

What do you have planned for the future in 2024? Any new songs or albums that you are hoping to release soon?

2024 is going to be quite a busy year for me. I’ll be releasing my new EP “Submerge”, with two more really cool singles and music videos. Very different from “Sleep” and from one another, but each one is great in its own way from my very unobjective perspective. I also got other projects up my sleeve, new material I want to release with Road to Evenmind (progressive metal) and The May Fall Crew (jazz-fusion) but that will have to wait longer. I also want to play the new EP live, perhaps go out on a tour. We’ll see, time will tell!

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