EMQ’s with JAMES GELBER
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Florida based Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer, James Gelber. Huge thanks to James for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about your history?
My name is James Gelber, and I am a singer-songwriter and producer based out of North Redington Beach, Florida. I’ve been making music for over 20 years and I play guitar, bass, drums, keys, and sing.
How did you come up with your band name?
It’s my names 😊
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I hail from Texas originally. I grew up listening to Metal, so it wasn’t uncommon to hear Pantera blaring out the window of a moving car
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
My latest release was the ‘Right Here Waiting’ cover tune from Richard Marx.
‘Right Here Waiting’ (Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Dimebag Darrel, James Hetfield, and most of all my 2 older brothers, Will and Ven.
What first got you into music?
My brothers. They both are amazing musicians, and I was definitely raised to enjoy music for a living.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
I’m really into this up and coming artist Jay Diggs. He’s done a few single and cover tunes, but his synth-wave sound is amazing, and his mixes are excellent.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken Fest for sure! So Metal
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A voodoo doll with my hair in it. Thankfully, I don’t think it worked
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Don’t be divisive. Not everybody thinks the same and not everyone is going to agree with everything. Try to always find something to agree on and go from there. You’d be surprised how your values remain intact and you gain respect for someone at the same time.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love being able to make someone’s days by music alone. I hate the industry part of it though, I believe artists deserve more pay-out from streams considering physical medium is extinct.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Streaming services need to pay artists what they deserve. The Music Modernization act needs to be revised. It’s a nice step in the right direction but needs to address more.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Dark Side Of The Moon” – Pink Floyd
“Cowboys From Hell” – Pantera
“Master Of Puppets” – Metallica
And many many more!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl will always be my favourite form of physical media.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Got to play Knotfest many years ago and got to make many friends. Also saw Korn for the first time and they were awesome!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Computing and technologies.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Prince, Lemmy, Dimebag Darrel, James Hetfield, Peter Steel.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently mixing a few records and also working on an original to drop soon.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
You name it, I’m on it! All streaming platforms.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I like Burritos.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Stay safe and support your favourite artists!
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