The Fallen Prodigy is a modern metal band from NY that has been around since late 2014. They released an EP, Passengers, in 2015 and as of this past week released their debut full length Relive//Regret//Repeat. If bands such as Trivium, Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive hit your fancy then you’ll find much to love over the course of these scorching yet emotionally driven eleven tracks. Just behind the album’s release we had the opportunity to ask Daniel Davenel (rhythm guitar) our set of Profile questions so head inside for more information on the band and to see what Davenel had to say.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I first got into playing music when I was around 13 years old. At the time I had recently discovered the band Bullet For My Valentine on YouTube and when I saw the music video for their song Waking the Demon, I was like “I wanna do that when I get older!” so that’s pretty much how I ended up picking up the guitar.
As for success, I think just the fact that we’ve been able to release an EP and that we will be releasing our first ever full length album is absolutely insane to me. I personally never thought that I’d ever be able to do anything like that or that I’d ever even find a band to play with in our city.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
When I was in kindergarten, I was afraid of using the toilet at school so I accidentally peed myself.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
I think it’s cool that the internet and social media has allowed so many bands to rise up from nothing and become something. All it takes sometimes is one video or a YouTube cover for a band or an artist to blow up.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
I think that the topic of mental health is an important issue that needs to be addressed. As someone who’s struggled with depression for years, I wish that people would actually take it more seriously and try to help each other instead of telling them that it’s just a phase or to “get over it.”
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
Mainly bands like Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, and All That Remains got me into metal music. A lot of my friends were also really into Slipknot, Atreyu and Escape the Fate and were constantly introducing me to new music.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Oh that’s easy. If you really enjoy the band that you’re listening to then go to a show, buy their merch and buy their album.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Well, I’ve always wanted to go to Europe and Japan so if the band takes off and we get to tour over there than that’d be a dream come true.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Well, I grew up listening to a lot of pop punk, pop rock and indie/alternative music so anytime I’m not listening to metal I listen to bands like Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy and Story of the year.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Well as of now we’re excited to be releasing our first full length album titled “Relive // Regret // Repeat” on April 6th. We have a few shows coming up and an album release show that we’re working on putting together so hopefully we’ll have a date set in stone for that soon.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Daniel and The Fallen Prodigy for their time!