After 5 years of releasing self produced dance tracks under numerous entities, Jerry Yeh has finally settled on the moniker "Comets We Fall", a venture that aims to bring both emotion and energy to the dance floor. Raised in Canada, Jerry attended NYU University and proceeded to USC to complete his Masters Degree in Communications, but found his urges toward producing music difficult to ignore. Comets We Fall now works out of his studio in Los Angeles, creating multi-tempo heartfelt house tracks that one could only describe as future-esque. Comets We Fall is a versatile producer, skilled both in creating dance tracks with artist credential and fashioning soundscapes for television and film purposes. A collaborative and innovative writer/producer, Comets We Fall will surely be one to watch as dance music continues to move toward a more organic and emotional existence.
Magnetic Mag caught up with Comets We Fall for a quick interview and mini mix. If you love vibey deep house you are gonna dig this!
1. Who are some of your current and old school inspirations?
In terms of electronic music, I’ve been a massive fan of Kaskade since his earliest days. I’ve always loved how his production style focuses on the songwriting rather then the “drop”. The Tiesto album “Kaleidoscope” was also really great in terms of learning about songwriting arrangement in a dance format. More recent inspirations are Disclosure and Kaytranada for their incredible ability to incorporate amazing toplines with amazing productions. A lot of the feeling I try to convey through my music is a sense of nostalgia. I grew up listening to tons of John Mayer, Death Cab for Cutie, The Shins, Postal Service, MGMT, The Killers, pretty much any pop music/mainstream indie in the late 90’s and 2000’s. My goal has always been to bring those textures and aesthetics into a contemporary setting (production wise). I think I’m getting closer and closer as I write more.
2. When you perform live are you doing mostly DJ Sets or working on a live type of performance?
Currently I’m mostly DJing sets. But eventually I’d like to be performing in a more traditional live sense. Because I work with so many singers, the difficulty for me in performing live is to be able to translate a vocal performance live without having the person there singing it. Visual content of a live show has always been something I’ve looked forward to when I see someone play live - it will for sure be an important part of my live show in the future.
3. What are your weapons of choice in the studio? What DAW do you use, etc.
I use both Logic and Ableton as my main DAWs. I’ll usually start the tracks in Logic then stem out the idea to finish up in Ableton. I always record live instruments and vocals in Logic. But when it comes to manipulating samples I think Ableton is much quicker and easier. I’ll use a Moog Voyager and Prophet 12 from time to time. I’m a die-hard fan of the Valhalla, Fabfilter, Waves and Soundtoys plugins!
4. If you were to explain your sound to a deaf person, how would you do it?
Each song captures an emotion or feeling that everyone comes across in life. Dopamine is a prime example. The lyrics, the vibe are all relatable, they flow to create and capture how one feels. I think my sound is definitely electronic, but heavily pop influenced. I’m always trying to find the balance between something that I think is hip but still poppy and hooky enough. I don’t topline my own tracks so I’ve been extremely lucky to work with people that are on the same page as I am! In terms of sonic qualities, I try to make it as warm as possible and try to instill as many retro quirky vibes as I can without going overboard.
5. How do you like living in LA? Many people are calling it the hub of Electronic Dance Music in the USA, do you feel the same?
LA is amazing! I grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, and spent a number of years in New York City for university and I’ve got to say LA is so far the best place for me. I write a lot of music for television synchronization as well so LA, being a global centre for film and television production, presents a load of opportunities. Sure LA is a hub for EDM, but there are so many opportunities here for musicians for so many different genres that it would be unfair for the focus to be solely on EDM.
6. What can we expect from Comets We Fall in 2015?
I’m sitting on quite a bit of music at the moment - I can’t wait to get to share it with everyone! Currently I’m writing as much as I can with as many different people as I can. I’m trying to shift gears and produce more Indie Dance/Indie Disco with pop sensibilities. Everyone in my life, from friends and family (especially my dog!) to agent and manager, have been very supportive. All of which drive me to push the boundaries of the production. I’ve kept my sound close for the last year while I write. This year will be more shows and even more music.
Comets We Fall - Embark (feat. Centuries)
Digitaria - Crazy Life
Daniel Avery - Knowing We’ll Be Here (KiNK Remix)
Comets We Fall - Falling Skies (Feat. Yushichi)
Comets We Fall - Together We Are (Feat. Coleman Trapp)
Comets We Fall - Meteors (Feat. Grayson Sanders)
Comets We Fall X Vikter Duplaix - If There Was No You
SOUNDCLOUD + REMIXES