EMQ’s with OBSELITE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Detroit, Michigan, USA based Cyberpunk Industrial Metal band ObsElite. Huge thanks to Justin Kelter 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?
My name is Justin Kelter, I am the vocalist of ObsElite. I also contribute guitar riffs and have a small hand in what goes on with all the programming when it comes to synths and drums!
How did you come up with your band name?
Before we ever started, I was playing around with the idea of starting an industrial band and threw in a bunch of words that reminded me of Cyberpunk culture. Obsolete was one of them, which is also a great Fear Factory record. but our guitar player was like “how about Obs-ELITE” and we were all like, Yes, that’s it.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Detroit, Michigan, USA. The entire Midwest and coast metal scene is great! My other band Euphoria Ω , which is a Thrash metal band, has toured all over the place and has made a lot of great connections. ObsElite being more of an electronic Industrial metal band might get a different reaction but that’s what we want. too expand to different crowds.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We just released our first EP, “ICON OF SIN”, October 7th, 2020. We are brand new and are still building but we have received nothing but amazing feedback.
Who have been your greatest influences?
I listen to all sorts of music so it’s hard to pinpoint specific sounds. I grew up loving Ozzy, Randy Rhoads, Dio, Mötley Crüe, then later I got into grunge, and then heavier stuff like Testament, Death, Possessed, Kreator… Now I listen to a lot of Synthwave and Industrial music.
What first got you into music?
Black Sabbath, hands down.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
3teeth. They are probably the best Industrial Metal band currently and I love their style. They are definitely going to be a prominent influence on our full-length when we start writing it.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken, Hellfest. and 70k Tons of Metal.
I worked 70k Tons of Metal, so I know first-hand how amazing it is. Wacken; it is every serious metal musicians dream to play that festival.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Hmm…I can’t say I have ever received anything out of the ordinary. Alcohol and party favours are always common.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
If you have ever struggled in your life, and you have a dream, don’t let go of it. Do anything and everything you can to make it come true because we only have so much time to live on this planet and life’s too short to be wasting your energy on things that don’t make you happy.
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 do a lot of things outside of music. I cosplay, I model, I’m a public figure of some sorts. I’ve been in a semi-successful Thrash Metal band for the past 5 years and now with this band, ObsElite, it’s a brand-new realm for me to explore. People know me from all sorts of things in different parts of the world and sometimes it can be difficult to live up to, and be the Spokesperson of your craft, your brand, everything you do and stand for, 24/7. Sometimes you need a break from being that person everyone on the outside see’s you as.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Have every genre of music, even the ones I don’t like, have a fair chance for more people to be exposed to different styles of music. it seems like in America, the media only cares about Rap and Pop music. The majority of people aren’t given so much of an opportunity to hear music outside of those realms because the media doesn’t support it if it’s not as profitable.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Death – “Leprosy”
Beastie Boys – “License To Ill”
Fear Factory – “Genexus”
Korn – “Issues”
Megadrive – “198x”
Nirvana – “In Utero”
Obliveon – “Nemesis”
Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”
Judas Priest – “Painkiller”
Honestly, I could go on forever. I listen to so much different stuff.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl sounds the best and has the best aesthetic out of all of them, but CD’s are easy to make and sell easily. Digital is just convenient, and tapes are cool for a limited release.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
ObsElite hasn’t played a show yet because we are brand new and our music is mostly programmed. but in Euphoria Ω , we played in Hamburg, Germany and that was the best show I have ever played…period.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Snoop Dog, Hideo Kojima, Keanu Reeves, Poppy, Rob Halford.
What’s next for the band?
We’re currently working on a new EP called “Windows 90-H8”, we are hoping to release it by the end of 2020 and we wanna do 2 music videos as well. Then after all that we want to work on a full-length.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Facebook, Bandcamp, we are on all streaming platforms too.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I am not familiar with those lol.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
That about covers it! I just hope everyone enjoys what we do and looks forward to all the new music and video’s we will be putting out very soon!
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