A Q&A with The Last Element
Emotional, intense rock from the Netherlands – here’s Jasper from The Last Element…
What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
Our latest release is called ‘The Devil’. It’s a dark, gritty song about the negative voice in our heads. For me, personally, it’s a repeating negative fashion – it tells me that I’m lonely, not good enough and won’t achieve what I want. A fight within myself where I need to keep reminding myself of the good. I try to wake up the angel instead.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
Actually, this one took a while! We shelved it for more than a year because it just didn’t come together in the mix. We knew the song was cool, but it just didn’t sound the way we wanted it to. So, we just left it for a while. After a year, we returned to the mixing and gave it a bit more grit, Jan put in a lot of time blending it and getting things to really feel right! The writing itself went pretty quickly though. It was Noah who wrote the main guitar riff and Jan who painted the rest of the landscape. Afterwards, I quickly found vocal melodies and the vibe of it all really fitted the lyrical theme I had in mind.
What do you enjoy most about producing your own material?
We produced it ourselves; it’s hard work! But that way we can ensure everything really comes out the way we have it in mind. We just love taking the time and bringing the songs to life.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
I always hope the people listening to these songs can relate and connect to it. The lyrics are about my personal life, but I’m pretty sure each and every one of us has similar things they deal with. We got a lot of personal messages of people feeling the same and really finding strength with the help of our music and lyrics. That’s the best thing there is – the music we write is not about us, it’s about you, the listener. I sing about difficult subjects but always try to keep the good and positive in mind, to help people remember there are always people you can trust and that can help you. Together we are stronger.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
It depends. Sometimes I write a vocal melody and we take it from there, other times Noah or Jan deliver a full-blown instrumental track with everything already sounding perfect and I just take it from there. Afterwards, we mostly start to polish the song and make sure everything is where it’s supposed to be, and each instrument and part has a little room to shine.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
Well, in the early days, I really liked Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, RATM and a lot more. These days we draw a lot of inspiration out of bands like BMTH or I Prevail etc, but honestly, what influences us the most is life, simple as that. A lot of emotions arise from the 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.
What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
All of them!! We would love to start out with a cool European tour, start in our home country then afterwards traveling to the UK, Germany, France and many other countries. We would love to play some cool festivals out there. Another thing that would be amazing would be an US tour.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
That would be ‘Stuck in My Head’. I think it’s a perfect blend between the heavier and the softer songs we have. The chorus is very melodic, and the verses are heavy! We’ve got a lot more songs coming out and we are sure SIMH is a good example of that. But honestly, if you wait just a little bit longer, our next song ‘Cut It Off’ is going to be the best thing you have heard by us yet.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
We really want to reach as many people as we can! We want the world to get to know us and our music. We are working hard on reaching a bigger audience and we would love to start playing shows again when this whole Covid thing has finally passed. We are aiming on landing a cool label that could support us in this journey but if not, we will just do it ourselves. We’ve got a long road ahead of us and we are fully prepared for giving it our all!
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Always remember meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! (hear me scream it while my words slowly fade). Haha no, seriously, check out our stuff. We are really working hard, and we are sure some of you might really love it! We also got some cool merch and if you like what we do, we would love your support – spread the word!
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