XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Hey! This is Fabian, singer, and guitarist in Emerra. Actually yes, we are a week before entering the studio for drum recordings for our next EP, which we are thrilled about. We put a lot of time and work into these songs during the COVID crisis and are pleased with the new sound we got. The new stuff will hit a bit heavier than before, which might be due to all the frustration and isolation we had over these past months.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Emerra has been a band for about two years now. Before that, with minor lineup changes, we had another project called depart, which didn’t really work for us anymore after a while. Emerra was a new start for us, with the music heading into a heavier and more complex direction.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
We all had our metal bands beforehand and were all craving for something fresh and new. We all had the feeling, that we needed a fresh start with some new people, so we really connected on that level. Emerra is all about productivity and progress. We try to do the things right this time and by that, we really try to not stagnate on any drawback we experience.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Most of us started playing their instruments or taking music lessons at a young age. Me personally, I started playing classical guitar at the age of 6, switching to electric when I was 12. After I was done with school I adapted to audio engineering with my studies and also learned a lot about videography in my jobs these past few years. In our journey as musicians, unfortunately, it seems like something always seemed to be holding us back. So a lot of our spare time goes into getting more know-how on being independent. Most of the things we do and create are DIY. Looking back it really makes me proud, what we were able to achieve on our very own, just by learning from past mistakes.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
I think we’re still not quite defined. There’s still a journey to find our place in this world. What we really try to do is find our very own sound in these times of music scenes, genre wars, and stereotype songwriting. We appreciate all about those things, but we just feel like we would be just another band trying to fit in. For us, it’s all about trying to ride our own waves and see where it gets us. Our influences are rather broad when it comes to songwriting.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Reach out, find people that are music lovers like we are, and connect with as many like-minded people as possible. Since we started this band we had so much luck of finding bands and music lovers that its just a refreshing thing to surround yourself with. Its a nice atmosphere, if it comes down to music and entertainment. A good friend of ours always puts it like this: People just simply want to be entertained. If we are able to contribute to anyone’s entertainment, that’s what makes everything worthwhile.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Right now we’re craving live shows very much. COVID really put us in a bad position, and we just hope that it’ll be over soon. We are grateful, that we have the possibility of recording on our own and we love to do that as well. It’s just that originally, our plans were to promote our debut EP, and we weren’t able to do that outside the web.
So yeah, playing live is a must-have for us in the near future.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Most of the lyrics are dealing with society in any particular way. We try not to push the meaning of our songs into anyone’s face, but let a little space for imagination.If you find yourself in those lyrics, we’re glad we were able to take you on a little journey. In my opinion, its no use to most people, if I just tell it how I experienced it myself.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Actually its diversity, or let’s say variety. For me personally this is just embracing the technical and creative possibilities of today. We’re not bound to what labels and radios force us to listen to. I get so much creativity and excitement out of creating my own playlists and archiving all the music I love. I had a phase in my life where I lost a lot of quality music because I was intolerant. I told myself I couldn’t listen to this and that because it was not what I was supposed to listen to. That made me a worse musician in a lot of ways. The best music taste in the world is yours. Embrace that and cherish it, because there’s a lot of great stuff out there.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
A few years back we played a show to a tree. Because the stage was literally placed in front of it. And by in front of it I mean, that it was tied to the wave breaker. The FOH couldn’t even see us.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Nothing strange yet, all the people we met were fantastic.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
For me personally, yes. My parents always have been there for me supporting my dreams and having my back. I couldn’t be more thankful for everything they have done for me over the years. And also we were able to practice or record in Max’s basement. Yes, I guess we were lucky.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Practice. Practice a lot. It saves you money, time and a lot of self-doubts.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Eclipse is a headbanger song. Currently, I love that the most, although it’s very hard to sing live.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Karnivool is the biggest inspiration for all of us. They are just amazing in every aspect. We love Northlane and Architects for having that unique sound in a very defined music genre and for me personally Nothing More is the most inspiring band right now. That live show of theirs and the love for detail is just amazing.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Right now it would be Northlane & Nothing More for me.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Reaching 8.500 monthly listeners on Spotify was an amazing thing to happen to us. The best thing about it is, that it was a direct result of the work we put into our online promotion, so we are thrilled about reaching people with our music.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
I think I would be either concentrating on the sound engineering or maybe I’d want to be a pilot.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Max is using Mapex Saturn V Drums, DW hardware, a Ludwig Black Magic Snare, and a variety of Cymbal brands. I’m using a Sennheiser Mic for singing and a Kemper Amp for my guitar, while Timo is using a Line6 Helix & Stefan is using a Darkglass Preamp for his bass.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Like I said earlier, I love variety. I love every band that has a unique sound or creates a new style. Personally I also love it, when bands evolve their style over the years. It doesn’t always have to be my cup of tea, but stagnating isn’t the better option in my opinion. It’s what I really want for our own project, although it’s very hard to accomplish.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
I love the Backstreet Boys. Does that count? Haha
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
We’d love for anyone who’s interested in new music to check out our most recent music video: https://youtu.be/aSS00i2TcKo. If you want you can also find our EP „Monochrome“ on every common streaming platform. You can start with Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6HqhEOGht8NcHuCo9H7nDv?si=8fMxuF6rSfanfIS5cm3FFQ
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Thanks for having us!