EMQ’s with THE LAST ELEMENT
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Netherlands based Modern Rock/Metal band, The Last Element. Huge thanks to vocalist, Jasper, 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?
We are called The Last Element; I am the lead singer of the band (Jasper). We started a while ago, Jan and Robert already knew each other from previous musical endeavours, later on they found Jasper and Noah and The Last Element was formed!
For each of us it just fitted like pieces of a puzzle, the sound, the style, it all came together.
How did you come up with your band name?
It came out that way! We were searching for a way to explain the driving factor behind our band, our music has always been very close to our hearts, we write about things that really matter to us, but that we believe also really matter to a lot of people. We were searching for a way to explain what could combine the elements of hardship, love, trust, friendship and perseverance. That’s when we decided all of these combined could be seen as: The Last Element – When we are together, we are stronger!
What country are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?
We are from the Netherlands, the metal scene here is decent! We’ve got some real cool bands, but it’s not exactly mainstream. Luckily, the big metal bands are coming over a lot, so the scene will never be dead!
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is called ‘The Devil’, a dark and gritty rock/metal song about how the negative voice in your head can influence and shape you. Pushing away the safety you know and filling your heart with loneliness, but even though things might seem dark, try to wake up the angel instead.
The song has been performing well! We got on multiple big Spotify editorial playlists and radio stations really love to jam it! So, we are really happy about that.😊
‘The Devil’ (Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
That would be life, simple as that, a lot of emotions arise daily. When I write lyrics it’s always inspired by real life events that I go through, some I’ve been through and some are happening, but mostly I just write what pops up in my head. I need a pen and paper to clear my head, screaming and singing it all out of my head when I record. In the end it’s something we all face and we all have different ways of expressing what we feel. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to the lyrics, cause honestly, it’s not about me…it’s about you.
Of course, there are many bands we love that influenced us as well, but it’s never the biggest driver!
What first got you into music?
For me personally it’s hard to remember, both of my parents are musicians so I’m sure that had to do with it. But at the age of 6 I started to listen to bands like MM, RATM, Nirvana and I decided that I wanted to become a rockstar…yeah pretty naive, never did I know that it would take sooo much work! But yeah, from that point on I wanted to play instruments and later on I decided to give singing a try.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
For sure, Bring Me The Horizon, love what they are doing, they got a huge sound and so many fresh ideas, I think it would be amazing working together!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
All of them? 😊 Don’t know, there is not one, there are many. Rock in Rio would be massive, Download would be Epic, Wacken would be sick and the list goes on.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Nothing is weird, it’s all sweet and coming from a good place. So not gonna name and shame anyone 😉! I mean it’s a big compliment right that someone takes the effort.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Believe in yourself and find the beauty in the things around you.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Hmm I miss Chester man…so yeah, would love to see more Linkin Park stuff and concerts.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Writing songs, simple as that, it’s so great writing a song and then it slowly comes to life, each time coming closer to what you had in mind. Then when it’s done, that’s just an amazing feeling. I hate the selling yourself part, it’s not really me, I just want to let the music speak for itself, not approach it as a business.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
A more open and fairer marketplace, it’s still pretty difficult for emerging bands, it’s hard to get your music to the potential fans.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Pff, there are so many, but I really keep on loving “Mechanical Animals” by MM or the self-titled album of Slipknot. Both are on replay all day without it becoming a drag. I just keep singing and screaming along.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Downloads, I mean that works best for me, don’t have any physical media anymore.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We had a very cool support act for Skillet, it was great, sold out and such a blast.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Well, we’re not making a living off music, so we all have jobs! For me I have my own company, tutoring business! Got a lot of cool teachers working for me and meeting a lot of nice people along the way. Helping out kids making steps and finding out their strengths. I love it!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
My friends always, but if you mean celebrities then…yeah, I don’t know, I’m not into the whole starstruck thing, I just love music and would love to meet a lot of musicians out there.
What’s next for the band?
We are working on our next release, ‘Cut It Off’, just a little more time and we will release it. just dotting the i’s ! It’s gonna be such a massive track, with that we have a cool new vid coming, a new improved logo, better artwork, new band pictures and a lot more. So yeah, a lot is happening.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
To name a few: Spotify/YouTube/Facebook
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Haha that’s British right? Hmm, hard to say I think I only ate them a couple of times long ago, but I would lean towards cake…hope I didn’t step on toes!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Sure, first off, thank you for reading, for the interview and all the support so far!
Shout out to us on info@thelastelement
We also got some cool merch you can inquire about 😉!
But yeah, it means the world to us to connect with fans so reach out to us and we’ll get right back to you!
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