EMQ’s with THE LAST BEAR ENDER
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Netherlands based, Instrumental Cyber Djent project, The Last Bear Ender. Huge thanks to ‘The Riffcrusher’, Wilrik, 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?
Hi there, my name is Wilrik, from The Last Bear Ender. I’ve been in metal music for 20 years now. Straight to your face metalcore, Melodic metalcore and now Cyber Industrial Djent with The Last Bear Ender (TLBE). Last year in September I released my first track and try to release a new banger every one or two months. It’s been a great ride so far!
How did you come up with your band name?
With TLBE I wanted to do something new, something different. I was watching The Last Airbender on TV when it just hit me, The Last Bear Ender. Why not? It’s catchy. It’s not been done before. It’s about bears. What’s not to like?
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from The Netherlands. The metal scene here is quite big and alive. We do have some pretty large names like Within Temptation, Textures and Born From Pain. The bass player from Fear Factory was from The Netherlands as well!
Old school hardcore is the biggest underground metal scene in The Netherlands. This is where my roots lie. My first band “Dawn Of Mankind” began as a very straight forward metalcore band with strong Hatebreed influences. We put out 1 single, 2 mini albums, one full length did lots of shows, but that’s it. With TLBE I wanted to do something different and achieve more, reach more fans. Something fresh.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
‘Polar’ was released on March 26th. The next track is called ‘Dust & Ashes’, a cover by A Dark Halo. Glen Mitchell, the singer of Isolated Antagonist is doing the vocals on this track. I do have some more songs lined up for the near future!
The Last Bear Ender feat. Isolated Antagonist – Dust and Ashes (Official Music Video)
The Last Bear Ender – POLAR (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Fear Factory, 100%. My music with TLBE connects with a lot of Mick Gordon and DOOM 2016 / Eternal fans. Although I obviously draw a lot of inspiration from that, it’s actually Dino Cazares from FF who inspired me the most in my music. When “Demanufacture” was released, it really changed the metal scene. For the better in my opinion. They were pioneers, innovators, with Dino as their captain. At least, that’s how I see things.
What first got you into music?
The Mortal Kombat OST hehehe. When I saw Johnny Case fight Scorpion and heard Zero Signal underneath that scene I was sold!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
Dino, for sure. I’m not idolizing (maybe a bit), but it would be an honour to work with him on a track or something. Other than that, just anybody interested in my work and my music. I have some more collabs coming up. It’s a journey and I get to meet a lot of great people!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
At this point, any festival hahaha.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Weirdest? Not one thing specifically. The attention you get is just very unreal sometimes. Like, I’m just a random normal guy lol. It’s crazy how many great awesome reactions and compliments you get.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
The people reading this, donating, listening and streaming my music, buying it on Bandcamp and all of my Patrons. All of them, thank you! I cannot express this through these digital words, but really, thanks. It’s hard and honest work, and your support really keeps me motivated, keeps me going!
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?
All the great compliments on your work. It’s truly amazing that you get all these epic comments from all over the world about something your composed yourself. Awesome!
The fact that it’s really a lot of work to get some attention and payoff. I’m forever grateful for the supporters I have now and I’m really happy to see a steady growth in these number, but it is a lot of hard work.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Everybody is complaining that Spotify and all other platforms need to pay music artists more. I cannot relate to that. I don’t make much money on my streams yet, but it seems reasonable. I’m just enjoying myself too much with my music and all the supporters that I can’t be bothered with any of that stuff.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Downloads and streams. It’s 2021 dude 😉.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I did a show in a very small village in The Netherlands. People were cramped against the walls, the bar, all the way to the back of “the venue”, with their backs to the bathroom doors. When we started playing everybody went crazy. I don’t think that much more people where there than usual, but the atmosphere and all the bands and people there, it was legendary. I’m a 100% sure that my old band mates agree with me.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’m a university teacher for 8 years now and still go to work with a smile on my face. As long as I can combine this with my music, I can’t see myself doing anything else soon.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Super corny, but I think a couple of my closest supporters and music friends. Glen, Marcin, Poss, my Bear designer Reisya and also a couple of my Patrons who I really connected with.
What’s next for the band?
April 30th, we released a cover of A Dark Halo’s Dust and Ashes with vocalist Glen Mitchell from Isolated Antagonist. I’ve got two other super epic collaborations coming up and some TLBE originals. Enough to keep releasing a song a month!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
I got my personal social media and a few separate ones for my bands and projects. I’m on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Patreon and YouTube. I post daily updates on my socials and weekly videos.
To get in contact with me visit my website: www.wilrik.nl/. All the links to all my socials, and that of my band’s, are on there.
For all TLBE socials use www.linktr.ee/thelastbearender.
If you want to say hi to me and the others, you’re more than welcome over at my Discord server: www.discord.gg/VsPYrr3czU
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
What? *Googles* Oh, no clue. Looks like a cakuit. Biske? I dunno lol
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you, Ever Metal, for this great opportunity. This really helps out a lot for upcoming artists like myself. Never stop helping, never stop supporting. You guys are awesome!
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