Emerra, progressive rock band from Rheinland Germany, talks to loud-stuff about manifesting creativity, computer games, and competing with tsunami’s of content.
How would you describe your music?
Emerra is a prog/alternative metal project which is still growing. Over the past years our sound changed drastically, so it’s a journey we really enjoy.
You can expect some love to detail in our music, but also heavy breakdowns that offer simplicity and impact for a good head-bang.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
We all had local metal projects at some points but wanted to try out something new. So we started a simple rock project, since that was a major influence for us. Bands like Thrice, Dredg, Intersphere and Circa Survive made us appreciate the rock aspects more.
Unfortunately it really wasn’t for us. We always missed the heavy aspects of our music and with each written song, we drove towards a heavier and more progressive style. So decided to embrace our natural influences, so that we unfortunately had to make some changes in our line up.
Now we have the new band name Emerra and the musical journey still is not finished. We enjoy the ride a lot!
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Those are broad due to the internet showing and promoting all these amazing artists. In regards to Emerra our most important influences would be Rabea Massaad, Adam Getgood, Johnny Hawkins and bands like Tesseract, Periphery, Northlane and Architects.
What inspires you?
Hanging out in computer games with our drummer Max and talking about music and life in general for hours.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Writing can hit at each moment, at any time of the day and its important for me to try to manifest an idea as fast as possible before its gone.
I even trained myself to get up from bed to record an idea since I have lots of good ideas in the minutes before I fall asleep.
We also don’t force writing. If you’re uninspired, you can’t to anything about that.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Personally it’s our debut single Pirouette. It’s a massive banger live.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Opening for Northlane or Nothing More would be a dream come true. So much to learn.
Karnivool would also be great, but maybe we’ve gotten to heavy for that already, haha.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s great that everybody can listen to everything at all times. For the musicians its hard to make a living, since all the music lovers have much more to choose from and don’t spend all their money only on – well lets call them ‘Headliner’ bands.
I also don’t think that we will have so many Headline acts in the future in the metal scene, since most of the bands are sharing the same fan base.
As a music lover I like that I am able to choose for myself, what I want to listen to and what band really 100% fits my taste. As a musician, I wish there were more boundaries of sharing music, since it really seems like a nonstop Tsunami of content, thats hitting the web every hour of every day since years – no human could ever listen to all of that and cherish it – or lets say: its a Product.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
I was doing a guitar tech job for Michael Schenker once, and I as a german native speaker was at the airport in Zürich in Switzerland, and I couldn’t understand the lady at the counter. So we had to switch to English, although theoretically, both languages are German. We even got chocolate for our trouble, we thought that was very funny.
What are your future plans?
Writing the best music we can and trying to share it with as many music lovers as possible. We also got in touch with a few amazing International bands during the covid crisis and we are supporting each other as much as we can. We’d love to grow this community with like minded people over these coming years and reach new people.
Thanks for the interview!
If you’d like to give our band a chance we’d be forever grateful. You can find us on facebook.