Alta Falls are an Australian indie-alternative band with catchy melodies, high harmonies, and an evocative sound reminiscent of the 1980s synth and guitar eras.
For much of 2020, Alta Falls’ residents were cooped up, examining the new social and global landscapes that the epidemic had uncovered.
Alternative rock band Alta Falls draws on the sounds of bands such as Spacey Jane, The Preatures, and The Wombats, as well as their own inspirations, to create their own brand of contemporary indie.
They’ve already had a back catalogue of songs ready to go, and they’ve already shown themselves a force to be reckoned with in the indie music industry, thanks to their catchy melodies, soaring vocals, and classic instrumentation, and deft writing.
Take a look at what they had to say about their musical journey thus far and the new album “Trust Me”
What is your real name?
Matt & Nathanael
What’s your official Showbiz name?
How did you get into music?
Matt: I started learning piano at the age of 3.5 when I was given a toy piano as a gift. After working out how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by ear, my parents thought it was time to get lessons.
Nathanael: When I was a kid, my sisters took dancing classes which I had to tag along to every week. There was a piano in the dance studio, and I used to jump on the piano and work out how to play songs before their class started. My parents then decided to organize music lessons for me.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
We’re not very good at answering this question, but the best we can come up with is Indie Electropop.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
While we released our first single as Alta Falls in April 2021, we spent a number of sessions in the studio in 2020 with our producer Aidan Hogg, developing our sound and recording all of the tracks that would become our debut EP.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
We’re sure many music-lovers can relate to the euphoric feeling you get when your favourite band first walks onto the stage… you start to feel the subs shaking the room when the kick drum and the bass guitar start to play. Our motivation comes from the dream of being that band on the stage, helping to create that same feeling for everyone else in the room.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
We have so many artists we look up to, and it’s typically the ones who write songs that can stop you in your tracks and make you deeply feel something.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
Connecting directly with the people who listen to and support our music is our number one priority. The energy we get from connecting with people through music is what drives us to keep creating and performing.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
The biggest challenge is finding the time to get everything done! There’s always so much to do – from writing songs, recording, mixing, mastering, admin, marketing, rehearsing, performing, the list just goes on and on! We wouldn’t do it though if we didn’t love the process.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
While streaming has continued to grow over the past few years, we have seen a huge increase on TikTok in the last 6 months.
It has been our biggest and quickest source of growth with our music in 2022, growing from 2,000 followers in January to over 24,000 by the start of May. For any musician who isn’t on TikTok, we would recommend getting onto it as soon as they can!
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
We’d hazard a guess that most songwriters would say that they themselves are their own biggest critics.
Our advice would be to keep relentlessly working on your craft until you feel like what you’re writing is good enough that you wouldn’t change the channel if you heard your song on the radio! It took us quite a lot of time and experimentation to get to that point ourselves!
What is your current project about?
We are currently working on EP #2, after releasing our debut EP ‘The Fire’ in December 2021. The lyrics on our current single ‘Trust Me’ were inspired by Nathanael’s bittersweet trip to the 2017 AFL Grand Final.
He is a fan of the Adelaide Crows, and they were in their first grand final after 20 years. He had high hopes of achieving his childhood dream of watching them win a flag, but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be!
What are your hobbies?
Matt: Outside of music I enjoy road cycling and heading away to camp locations across Queensland (our state) with my family.
Nat: I love spending time with my family, whether that’s heading out on a day trip, camping, or staying in and watching movies. I also enjoy playing basketball, but haven’t had time to do that for a few years!
What do you do aside from this profession?
Matt: As much as I would love to have music as my full-time job, I have a family and need to be able to provide a stable income. When I am not in the studio, I work at a digital agency (with Nathanael) that specialise in web design, graphic design, and digital marketing.
Nat: I am a co-founder of a web design and digital marketing agency. It’s always changing and evolving and keeping things busy!
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Your support and encouragement mean the world to us, and give us the energy and drive to keep creating.