Interview with Radio Fallout
Recently, I interviewed Caleb Scates, the lead singer of Austin-based indie rockers Radio Fallout about the band, their music, and thoughts on the music industry today.
Me: Where did you come up with the name “Radio Fallout”?
Caleb Scates: Radio Fallout was the name of a song I wrote when I was living in Cincinnati, Ohio around 2007. The song is a critique on commercial media and how the majority of media outlets in America (commercial radio, television, newspapers, publishers etc…) are owned by only a few large corporations which leads to a lack of diversity in perspective and how constant exposure to them over time not only kills our creativity on a cultural level but allows a small group of people to control the conversation. We see independent art in all of its forms as being counter culture to that. I think we called ourselves "Radio Fallout" to remind ourselves why we started doing this in the first place.
Me: What is the inspiration behind your music?
Caleb Scates: I think the common goal in all of our music is to do something that is honest and genuine. There is so much bullshit in the world that adding to it just to pad our ego or make a few dollars seems like a total waste of time. We really strive to write music that is meaningful to us and hope that it will be meaningful to someone else.
Me: How did all of you meet each other?
Caleb Scates: Dan Walker (bass guitar) and Jonathan Palmer (drums) when to high school together in Joplin, Missouri. They moved down to Austin in 2003 in another band. I moved down to Austin at the end of 2008 after my band in Cincinnati broke up. Austin is one of the great music towns in the USA. The city is really exploding with independent artists.
Me: Where did you come up with the title “Vox E Tenebris” and what is the meaning of that phrase?
Caleb Scates: The phrase is latin and translates to, a voice out of the darkness. I took latin in high school and I really wanted to come up with a latin phrase for the album to try an convey a sense of old wisdom. So I just sat down listening to the songs looking for a common theme and something that represented where we are at as a band. Imagine standing in the middle of a huge auditorium that is completely pitch black screaming at the top of your lungs hoping someone out there will listen but not really knowing if anyone is even there to hear you…. that is what it is like to be an independent band.Continued on the next page