EMQ’s with EMERRA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Alternative Rock band, Emerra. Huge thanks to guitarist/singer Fabian for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hey! Thanks for the interview. My name is Fabian, I play guitar and sing in Emerra.
We are a fairly new alternative Metal band from Germany, with our first EP being released just last November.
How did you come up with your band name?
It’s actually an imaginary name, that we came up with in an internet call late at night. We wanted it to be short and non-taken, so Emerra was a good fit.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are from Germany, and the metal scene here is big. We are from the west part of Germany and, only in our state, I could count a hundred bands that are part of our scene here.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is our EP “Monochrome”, which you can find on every streaming platform.
Who have been your greatest influences?
We love bands such as Karnivool, Nothing More, Northlane, Architects, Tesseract or Periphery to inspire our music most of the times.
What first got you into music?
I personally was always dancing and singing around to everything and was so involved with music, that my parents decided to send me to music lessons. I’m so thankful for that! I started at the age of 5 testing out different instruments and been stuck with guitar since the age of 6 years.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would love to work with Johnny Hawkins of Nothing More, since I feel like as a singer, I could learn so much from him. He’s the best stage performer I ever saw and his use of effects and singing styles on their recordings is a massively inspiring source of creativity and craftsmanship.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
We have a small festival here in Germany called Euroblast. We learned to know some amazing bands there and their line up always is so well picked. Artists that play there mostly write music that is well thought through and on a very high level. The headliners nowadays are also kind of a big deal, so it would be an absolute honour to be able to play there.
Max, our drummer, actually played there a few years ago with his old band ‘Eleonore’. The festival has grown each year since then.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We are rather new, so we are trying to grow a fanbase right now, haha.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you so much for spending your time listening to our music. It means everything to us.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I personally would say Tom Searle. He was a mastermind and influenced and shaped my taste and approach of music so much. I was devastated when I heard of his passing, and to this day think about him and his songs.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Actually, a lot of musicians are fun. I love being around them, I love working with them. The whole mentality is about creating something great. When you find another musician and bond with him/her on different levels, that’s a special kind of friendship with never-ending conversations, emotion and creativity.
I do hate some kinds of musicians, yeah. Be it the wannabe rock stars that think they deserve it all, the unreliable kind or maybe the people that think being a musician means acting as if you’d have to live by stereotypes.
Since I am making a living as a musician and producer, I am annoyed by those making the music scene look like a bunch of beggars. The reputation in society could be better. But one can manage, haha.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I think the music industry has developed like it is today for a reason, and it will continue to do so. The future will hold many decisions that aren’t necessarily decided by labels and money makers, but by fans of certain music/artists/genres.
I would change a few aspects that personally I don’t like, but that could be things that work really well for others.
Maybe one thing everyone could agree on would be, that creators should be fairly paid, and that maybe countries should think about opening their borders for touring bands more easily.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
So many. Lately I loved “Alien” by Northlane a lot. Since it offers a unique sound design in a genre that urgently needs some new sounds. “Alien” has amazing songs, great production and the whole approach is just so different to every other band in the genre. Also, the tour was mental. The live production was spot on and perfectly executed. I actually went to see them a second time after the first, just so I could experience that show again.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Whatever suits your daily workflow and lets you consume your music so that you can enjoy it.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Our debut release show of “Monochrome”, although I was ill that day and singing was agonizing.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I like to think that I would have become a pilot.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Great question! I think I would love an evening with Nolly Getgood, Dan Lancaster, Tyler Smith, Joey Sturgis and Henrik Udd and talk about music production in all its glory.
What’s next for the band?
We are currently writing our second EP and enter the Studio in September. We can’t wait to play shows again, but at least here in Germany it’s still unclear, when this will be possible.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Those would be your best portals for our music.
If you want to instantly listen to our music you might start here:
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for the interview, it was a lot of fun answering those questions.
I would love to encourage anyone that likes our music to reach out and have a chat. We love to talk to people and are thankful for any kind of feedback.
Greetings from Germany
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