Band of the Day: Jean-Marc alias “The Last Cell”

All the way from Austria with its kangaroos, wild desert camels and didgeridoos… wait, what?

Simple things first – where are you from?

I am from Carinthia / Austria – but actually I was born in Slovenia. I immigrated without anyone noticing 😉

How long have you been playing as a solo act?

I started my project in 2017.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

It just resonated with me – also it fits my concept really good – so I can tell the story of life until the last cell fades away.

What are your influences?

I listen to a lot of prog metal like David Maxim Micic, Plini, and so on but also Jacob Collier, a little bit of Hip Hop (specially lofi stuff – I love that!).

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

I don’t write in the sense of – “ok now a verse, then a chorus” – I try to tell a story with my songs and just like in real life stuff happens that you don’t expect. In some songs I don’t repeat any parts because stories sometimes are just like that. When you listen to my songs you will have the feeling that you just went through a journey, I guess.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Since I play instrumental music – not really-

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

We played around 10 gigs for now – I love the vibe on the stage. With my two boys Flo and Robin I have the best live team I could ask for. It’s so natural and so much fun, the audience feels that. On every single gig we were told that you can see how much fun we have on the stage – and it’s totally true!

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

We played at a location and since the music is not “brutal” metal – there are basically no moshpits or walls of death – but 2 guys really didn’t get the overall vibe and they tried to mosh but people got so annoyed so a little fight started.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

I play with an Axe FX 2 , and my main guitar is a Ibanez RGA 420 Z

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

My newest single “Airieleon” came out on the 7th February – go check it out! Also new music is about to be released preeeetty soon.

What are your plans for 2020?

We would like to play more festivals and big gigs. I want to get this project to the next level. Also I will release the third EP – and I am already writing the fourth so lots of new music!

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

We just love to play with Their Dogs Were Astronauts – they are good friends of us and they take this as serious as we do. The second band would be Tesseract. Now that would be sick right?

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