Mondays are always a struggle, so here we are to brighten up the start of your week. Read some words and check out a sample from Emerra…
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
Hey, thanks for having us! Fabian here from Emerra. We are from the Düsseldorf area in Germany.
We all knew each other from previous bands and projects, and just wanted to do music together. We were all doing metal music back then, so we wanted to do something different with our next project.
How long have you been playing as a band?
As Emerra, in the current lineup, for 2 years. But altogether, 4 years.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
It’s imaginary. We looked so long for a name that wasn’t used yet, and didn’t find any. So we created our own. We love the ring that it has to it.
What are your influences?
Mainly prog rock and modern metal stuff. Bands like Karnivool, Architects, Northlane, Nothing More or Tesseract come to mind. But also artists such as Rabea Massaad, Matt Halpern, the Snarky Puppy Crew and many more inspire us on a daily basis.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We try to not limit ourselves to one sound. We approach songwriting freely and include all our taste and likings. We try to keep away from to many stereotypes or scene standards and focus on a fine mixture of progressive and simple elements.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
No, not really. Whatever is on our minds mostly.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Unfortunately, Corona hit us in a very bad spot there. We had our debut show in late 2019 and wanted to book more shows for spring 2020, but now it seems like in Germany, we won’t be able to book decent shows again until later in 2021 or even 2022.
In our show, we love to implement our own light show and we love to plan everything in advance. It’s not a jam really, but a set arrangement with thought through interludes and outros. We love that kind of stuff.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Johnny Hawkins of Nothing More, playing a remote control Scorpio Tail synthesizer covering Skrillex by controlling the other band members.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
- Max is playing a Mapex Kit with various Cymbal brands. In the studio we mostly use Zildjian stuff. His pedals are DW and his Snare is a Ludwig Black Magic 6.5“.
- Stefan uses an Ibanez SG 5 string.
- Timo uses a PRS guitar with a single cutaway and hollow body.
- Fabian plays Klangkraft/Mensinger guitars, a local company from Germany.
What are your plans for the next 12 months?
We want to produce and release our second EP, since we adjusted our style of music a little and want to be as ready as you can be for the time after the lockdown.
Also we want to spend a lot of time using the internet for our advantage to be able and promote our music to the people around the globe. We are so thankful for every single person spending time giving our music a chance.
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!
I think we all have different heroes, we would love to meet. But for me personally I would love to open for Nothing More and take a look at their live rig and tech stuff. Their show was the best I’ve ever attended because it left me simply speechless. Also I would try and ask Johnny for guidance as a singer and maybe learn a trick or two.
I would ask our friends in Nancybreathing, if they would like to open. They are friends of ours and their style would fit the lineup pretty well.