When North Carolina band Falling Through April released their latest video, “Desperate Measures” – we were impressed. The band has always been decent, but they’re even better now thanks in large part to new lead singer Mikaela Salazar. Recently, Alternative Addiction talked with Salazar about how she joined the band, making the video for their latest single and the upcoming Falling Through April LP that will serve as her debut with the band.
“They were together for years changing vocalists,” began Salazar describing how she came to be a member in Falling Through April. “I came across them a year and a half ago through Craigslist. Usually that’s a scary story or a tough situation, but I got lucky. I was just looking for a jam band close by. I was bored. No one in Columbia, South Carolina – where I’m at – was serious about playing. They didn’t want to practice that much or play around town. I started looking in Charlotte – I thought it would be worth the hour-long drive. One of their friends in Nashville was screening all the applicants. He allowed me to go and try out. They thought it could work out. I’ll be honest, I was incredibly shy when I tried out. That was my first time with a loud band. I always wanted to do rock but I’m an acoustic guitarist. I used to play soft and quiet – I’d play in bars and do that type of thing.”
Since joining the band, Mikaela has had to learn on the job, but that’s something she’s enjoyed so far. She’s used the guys in the band as the assets of experience that they are to learn and grow from.
“I’ve had to learn from them. They’ve allowed me to do that. It’s been a year of growing with them. They’ve been so good to me. They brought me out of my shell. They’re such a fun bunch of guys.”
The guys in the band can take a large amount of credit for Mikaela’s recent growth as a rock vocalist but producer Jon King gets some credit too. King worked with the band in the studio for their upcoming alum.
“Wonderful guy. Jon produced the last record for the band too. He was great in the booth. It was my first time working on a full album. In the studio, there’s a lot of pressure. He made it easy. He was really patient and awesome when it came to helping me with write my lyric parts for the songs. We worked together to polish them off. I feel like I made a new friend.”
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