Las Vegas rockers, Falling In Reverse, have carved their own path of authenticity while carrying a lit torch that inspires their dedicated fanbase to carve their own path through this journey that we call life. It’s been nearly a decade of an ever-evolving and shifting puzzle for lead vocalist, Ronnie Radke, who has blazed ahead and taken his world by storm to create a haven of bold inspiration for all. I caught up with Ronnie to discuss the upcoming release of Falling In Reverse’s fourth studio album, ‘Coming Home’, pearls of wisdom for upcoming musicians, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the upcoming release of your fourth studio album, ‘Coming Home’. Tell us about the concept behind this album and what was unique about the creative process this time around.
I just wanted to hone in on keeping it focused on one topic. Our other records are all over the place with a different theme for every song, so I pretty much honed in on the idea of coming home because I am always gone.
Yeah, I noticed that the album artwork features an image of an astronaut with the reflection of a house in the visor. Has your perception of home shifted at all now that you’ve toured the world and seen so many different walks of life and ways of the world?
Home is home, but my perception has changed. I have gained more culture by traveling. But, home will always be home and the idea of always leaving to do what you love while being homesick the entire time is a bittersweet thing; there’s a little poetry when it comes to that.
Interesting. So, not to discredit any track, but is there a particular track on the upcoming album that you or any other member of the band connects with more so than any other on the album? If so, why?
Definitely the actual track, “Coming Home”. It’s about my daughter and the whole bittersweet thing, but it depends on what you have to come home to pertaining to whether it is bittersweet or not.
Absolutely. You’re obviously covered in tattoos; tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
I worked with this guy named Oz in Vegas. I also worked with this guy named Chance in Florida who would fly over to my house and stay over to tattoo me. My favorite piece is always going to be the piece that I have on my neck that says “Dad”, because my Dad raised me as a single father.
Due to being solely brought up by your Father, do you perceive that you take fatherhood a bit more seriously and ensure to raise your daughter beyond what society perceives as being a good Father?
Yeah. Exactly. That is the bittersweet thing; I leave to make money to support my daughter. It’s the only thing that I know how to make money doing.
Right, being an artist. Thinking back to your earliest years of making music, what influences led you to want to perform on stage and create a treasured memory for your fans?
The idea of making people happy. It goes with being the one in a group of friends that always tries to make people laugh. I like getting people stoked, and that feeling on stage is unmatched. There is no alcohol, drug or anything in the world that compares to it.
Do you have any pearls of wisdom that you have received throughout your years as a musician that you can share with kids interested in picking up a mic or instrument for the first time?
Don’t let anybody tell you what to do. Don’t take bad advice. People always say that it is rare to make it in this industry, but that shouldn’t deter you from your goal. Keep on your path.
Right. Every individual ultimately creates their own destiny…
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Don’t tattoo your face until you know that you are going to make a bunch of money.