EMQ’s with ETERNAL FREQUENCY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Harrisburg, Pennsylvania based Hard Rock/Metal band, Eternal Frequency. Huge thanks to all of them 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?
Emelle: My name is Emelle (M.L.) Elizabeth. I am the lead vocalist and I write the lyrics/vocal melodies for our songs. I’ve been with Eternal Frequency since day one, it’s truly my baby haha. I don’t really like focusing on the past because the future is so much more exciting. This team that we have now is absolutely incredible and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Eternal Frequency is the most in sync that it’s ever been and I’m so honoured to get to work with my best friends.
Justin: My name is Justin Walters. I play lead guitar. Emelle hit me up about filling in for a few shows and we ended up meshing really well. We wrote well together, and we are very close. It just seemed like a no brainer.
Dane: My name is Dane Lowell and I play drums for Eternal Frequency. I also like to rip sweet ass Cajon solos.
Tyler: I’m Tyler Fucking Travis. I play bass and run around on stage a lot.
A.J.: I’m A.J. Lopez and I play guitar!
How did you come up with your band name?
Emelle: The name came to me when I was driving in the car one night. I wanted something unique, dark, but also classy to a sense. Something that would make us stick out amongst the rest. Eternal Frequency means that the messages that we put out, the way we move the masses, it is forever. We are forever because we are making our mark on the world.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Justin: We are from the United States. Pennsylvania to be exact. The scene is very competitive as most places are. Some incredibly talented artists and particularly, we have some very noteworthy acts that have come out of Pennsylvania. Bands such as Breaking Benjamin, Taylor Swift, Motionless In White, and Halestorm to just name a few. Hopefully, we are next.
A.J.: The metal/rock scene here is tough to break into but the fans in this scene are incredibly loyal.
Tyler: For a while, I think our country was dominated by more of a heavier/metalcore type of scene. But lately, I have been seeing some old school sounding rock bands start to pop up sporadically.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Justin: We are currently in the recording studio slowly, but surely tracking our new LP. We just released our new single ‘Parasite’ which is available on all streaming platforms. You can also watch the full-length video for Parasite on our Official YouTube Channel.
A.J.: ‘Parasite’ is easily my favourite release to date. It shows a newer, darker, heavier side of Eternal Frequency.
Emelle: Yeah, ‘Parasite’ is a beast and we are so floored with how incredible the responses have been lately! And like Justin, said we are working on a new L.P. and it’s going to hit hard.
Dane: ‘Parasite’. It’s raw, aggressive, and shows a different side of EF. A new side.
Tyler: It certainly has a grittier side to it, and it shows the direction we are all currently working towards.
‘Parasite’ (Official Music Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Emelle: My greatest influences have been the work ethic of Michael Jackson, the vocal magician that is Freddie Mercury, and the beautiful, honest lyricist that is Stevie Nicks.
Justin: As a guitarist I hail to greats. Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Zakk Wylde, Randy Rhoads, Dimebag. Some of my all-time favourites however are Joe Satriani, Andy James, Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Synyster Gates, and Clint Lowery.
A.J.: My biggest influence on guitar will always be Slash. He was a huge inspiration for me to start playing. Currently my influences range from New Year’s Day to Motionless in White.
Dane: My greatest influence to do what I do is my father. He always made sure I’d practice every day for as long as I could. He’d always show me and teach me about new and different music. He was my mentor.
Tyler: As a bass player, it all started when I started listening to 80’s metal. Namely, Skid Row. The presence and the way Bolan’s bass cut through the mix helped me fall in love with the instrument.
What first got you into music?
Justin: Most of that came from whatever my mom listened to. She introduced me to bands like Peter Gabriel, Rush, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Genesis. Those were artists that really made me fall in love with music.
Emelle: My parents basically force fed me 80’s hair metal and classic rock when I was a young kid. That musical era is in my heart and soul now. That and the fact that I’ve been doing talent shows and musical theatre since I was five years old.
A.J.: Guns N’ Roses – “Appetite for Destruction”. The first song I can remember hearing is ‘Paradise City’ and that song has stuck with me ever since.
Dane: Just everything about it honestly. I grew up listening to various different styles, so music was just always a major factor in who I am.
Tyler: Around the age of 14/15 was when I really got into music. Bass became a real idea when a co-worker I had told me he was looking to start a band and needed a bass player. My father played the instrument as a teenager, so I borrowed his bass guitar and he started me on the path of playing. By 16, I was learning and growing as I became self-taught. Then I began challenging myself in music theory sometime later.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Emelle: I would have to say my girl Lizzy Hale. We could freaking crush it on a track together. I truly believe that.
Justin: I said this in a previous interview and hopefully one day it gets to him, but I wanna do an instrumental album with Synyster Gates. He and I could write some fun, creepy shit together.
A.J.: I would love to collaborate with Motionless in White. They got me into heavier music, and I have followed them since they released “Creatures”.
Dane: I would love to do a song with Evanescence! That would be a killer track.
Tyler: If I could collaborate with anyone, I believe I would choose Eric Bass of Shinedown. He was involved a lot with producing and recording prior to joining the band, and has some credits with other bands I really like. So, I would love to hear his input on music by a young, emerging rock band.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
A.J.: I would love to play Rock AM Ring in Germany. That festival looks amazing and I would love to be a part of it.
Dane: Download! That is the festival I’ve always wanted to attend, and I’d love to play it even more!
Tyler: Out of any festival, I think I would choose Wacken Open Air. I don’t know too much about Germany, but I would love to get the chance to explore the country. Plus, I’d be excited to feed off that energy that I have seen in so many live videos from bands I’ve watched.
Emelle: Yeah, I’m definitely going to have to go with Justin and Dane on this one. Download is the bee’s knees and it would be an absolute dream come true to play that stage.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Emelle: There haven’t been any super weird gifts yet, but we are mentally preparing ourselves for that day to come haha. I’ve been asked to sign some weird shit, though.
Dane: I have never received any gift from a fan, but in a band I was in about 8 years ago I was followed by someone after our set, to and from the parking lot, into the venue, and then they just stood right behind me the whole time. I turned around and asked why they were following me and being creepy and they literally just yelled to me “NICE SET!” and ran away. So, if you count fear and paranoia as a gift then I guess that’s it haha.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Emelle: Don’t take anybody’s B.S. Don’t let the haters win. Rise above, do your own thing, be unapologetically you. The ones that truly care and have your best interest at heart will always have your back. The fake ones will be jealous of your success. Keep on going and keep on killing the game.
Justin: Don’t let anybody tell you what you can and cannot do.
A.J.: Never give up on their dreams. Anything is possible so keep practicing and improving your art.
Dane: Keep pushing. Life sucks, things suck, and you can’t change what has happened. You can, however, keep pushing. Take the hand you’re dealt and either hold, or fold.
Tyler: One message: Be yourself. As individuals, we cannot make everyone happy. It just isn’t possible. But in a way, that’s the beauty of being an individual. Dress how you want, be who you want, and don’t let someone who thinks differently tear you down because of it.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Justin: Freddie Mercury
A. J.: This is a tough one for me. So many incredible musicians have passed away. I would probably give this one to Freddie Mercury as well. His voice and music ability were incredible.
Dane: Jimi Hendrix. He was too young.
Tyler: Easy choice; Layne Staley of Alice in Chains. They have been my favourite band ever since I discovered them, and that voice is second to none. He had his own demons he eventually succumbed to, but he was gone way too soon.
Emelle: I wholeheartedly agree with Freddie Mercury. The man is a legend and a beautiful soul. If he were alive today, I’d kill to sing on a track with him. His voice is impeccable and moves the soul like no other.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Emelle: I think my favourite part about being a musician is having the opportunity to move people with lyrics and melodies. I’ve said this in past interviews before but there is absolutely NOTHING like looking out into a crowd and seeing people singing your lyrics back to you. The way the music has touched their lives and made an impact. That’s by far the greatest payoff of this job. The worst part is cancelling gigs, not being able to do our thing and disappointing the fans.
Justin: Playing live would be my favourite thing about being a musician, feeding off of people’s energy. The thing I hate is not being able to do it as often as I want.
A.J.: Writing and performing music. I love getting to see the joy that music brings to people every time I am on stage. The worst part is probably having to cancel shows. It is a huge disappointment to me not being able to be on stage with my band family.
Dane: Performing! There is nothing like getting up on that stage and just letting it rip. The thing I hate most is that nervous/Almost nauseating nervousness you get right before you go up. Once you’re up there the feeling is gone and it’s just on from there.
Tyler: I enjoy playing live and meeting new people the most. I enjoy seeing the smiles and knowing that in that moment, my band has helped bring joy to someone. Even if we are just having small talk, I like to hear what people have to say and their opinions. The only think I really dislike is waiting to play. While I like to listen to whichever band is playing at the time, I’m more so chomping at the bit for my turn to be up there.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Emelle: I’d say pretentious pricks and the over sexualizing of female artists. There is this weird stigma that women in music are only valuable if they take their clothes off. Well, I certainly beg to differ and plan to change that. You can be a kickass musician, sing your face off and sexy in your own right, but don’t be a slut about it haha. Confidence, talent, and knowing how much you bring to the table is the sexiest thing of all.
Justin: Kanye West….oh yeah, and Billie Eilish
A.J.: If I could change one thing about the music industry it would be to shine a light more on rock music.
Dane: Egos. (Not eggos…Egos)
Tyler: Honestly, I don’t think there is anything I would really change when it comes to the music industry. And the catch 22 of it, is that the industry itself is constantly changing. Whether we like it or not.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Emelle: “Rumours” – Fleetwood Mac
Justin: “A Kind Of Magic” – Queen
A.J.: “Creatures” – Motionless in White
Dane: Slipknot’s 1999 self-titled debut album!
Tyler: Alesana’s “The Emptiness” is easily one of my all-time favourites. The concept and story behind the writing is superb, and I know practically every word from start to back from listening to it so much.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Emelle: I’m an old soul and a true rocker chick at heart so I’m going to have to go with vinyl. I love the nostalgia of it and the sound quality is unmatched in my opinion. I have quite an extensive collection at home. Oof, now I have a huge hankering to go to a record shop. Thanks! Haha
Justin: CD’s by far.
A.J.: CD’s are the best although downloads are incredibly convenient. CD purchases help artists more than streams and downloads also.
Dane: One of my best friends really got me into vinyl and the sound quality is absolutely amazing.
Tyler: I personally enjoy CD’s the most still, with vinyl being a close second. Any sort of physical copy of music is worth collecting, in my opinion.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Emelle: I would have to go with the time we opened up for Of Mice & Men at the Voltage Lounge in Philly or when we opened up for Vixen! Those were two amazing shows and ones I will never forget.
Justin: Opening up for In This Moment and Nonpoint is hands down the best show I have played thus far.
A.J.: Musik Fest. We got asked to play the festival less than a week before it was supposed to happen. It was just an incredible experience.
Dane: The All Stars Tour 2012 at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA. That show was AWESOME.
Tyler: My personal favourite show to do was opening for All That Remains in a previous band I was a part of. Besides the fact that I’ve been a huge fan of that band for years, I was enamoured with the possibility of meeting their former bass player and having the chance to chat with her. And thankfully, that came true. I played Spector basses for a long time after that conversation because of her recommendation. She also stuck around early to hear my band play, and I was absolutely blown away by her kindness in that regard.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Emelle: I’m a huge history buff so I’d say either a history teacher (Specifically Civil War and WWII) or working at a museum. I also dabble in painting and drawing so maybe something with those as well!
Justin: Photography and Videography
A.J.: I would have probably gone to the police academy or the military.
Dane: I was always super into technology and cars so probably either a mechanic or an IT Tech.
Tyler: From a young age, I had the idea and dream to become a teacher. As a student, I was always intrigued by history and math. Plus, I also enjoyed having the chance to help someone learn. Being able to pass along knowledge is a powerful feeling.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Justin: Emelle (Obviously), Ozzy Osbourne, Mike Patton, Kanye West, Billie Eilish (The last two you know why 😉)
Emelle: Justin! Haha, I’d say Ozzy as well, That would be hilarious and amazing! I’d also have to say Marilyn Manson, Brian May, and Sebastian Bach. What a group I know haha.
A.J.: Slash, Jason Richardson, Chris Cerrulli, Ash Costello, Angus Young (Stitched Up Heart)
Dane: The rest of EF hahaha!
Tyler: Simple, my band. We like to hang out as friends and bandmates.
What’s next for the band?
Justin: The sky
A.J.: Next step for the band is to continue writing and producing new songs. We have been utilizing quarantine here to create new music and recording in the studio. We have a lot of stuff coming up in the future.
Dane: Whatever the universe throws our way!
Tyler: Next for the band is more writing and recording. We have plans for another LP and to continue laying the ground work for whatever happens next.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Dane: We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music, Google Play, Our website www.eternalfrequencyband.com/…basically everywhere!! Just look for Eternal Frequency Official!
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Dane: I have no idea what it is, so I have no idea. Send us some so we can find out!
Tyler: According to a quick 5 second google search, Jaffa cakes are a biscuit sized cake. So, the answer is yes.
Emelle: A few years back I had the amazing opportunity to travel to my favourite place in the whole world, the U.K., and got to experience the splendour that are Jaffa Cakes. I’m going to have to say that they are 100% a cake and I refuse to have anyone tell me otherwise haha. They are freaking DELICIOUS by the way!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Emelle: Thank you so much for interviewing all of us at Eternal Frequency! It’s been a blast. We greatly appreciate all of the wonderful support from our fans and supporters. We couldn’t do this without you guys! Make sure to keep tabs on us. We have plenty more tasty songs and surprises coming your way!
Justin: Looking forward to the future and what my band mates and I can create and destroy. P.S. I don’t like Kanye West….and Billie Eilish.
A.J.: Follow us on Spotify and spread our music all over!
Dane: Thank you so much for letting us answer these awesome questions, and be on the lookout for more amazing things from Eternal Frequency!
Tyler: We appreciate any and all feedback from people. To anyone who has checked us out, I send a big thank you to! And to anyone who hasn’t, I greatly encourage you to give us a shot. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
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