LOMM: Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up?
The Last Element: The Last Element originates when we face the passing of one dearly loved, the hardship of a broken home or the breaking of hearts – it is the first spark, the first sense of emotion, a first feeling that evolves into a creative mind. Bringing these elements together they find a way to grow – Broken hearts fit like pieces of puzzles and these pieces mend into one big heart.
We believe there are many like us, waiting to join our hearts.
Together we are stronger, together we are The Last Element.
That would be us ;)! We really just want the music to tell the story explain who we are. We are influenced by a lot of great bands, not only in our genre but also outside. I mean I think most musicians hear other music and just think wow it’s amazing how they wrote that.
LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?
The Last Element: It´s heavy…. we want to get out in the open again. But it´s also a time to write more and more music. We really want to start doing some epic gigs, but for now nothing is possible and no venues are open here in Holland… It sucks, we also have tickets to a lot of our favorite bands, that we still can´t use. But yeah we gotta make the most out of it, we do that by focusing on writing new and better songs.
LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?
The Last Element: owww I jumped the gun.. yeah 😉 ! But not only writing new music and lyrics we are also working very hard on improving our visual identity, new artwork, new merch a new improved logo and a video voor our next release.
LOMM: Tell us about your genre, what does it mean to you, why did you choose this genre?
The Last Element: We all love metal and rock, each their own story, grew up with it, or fell in love with it at some point. For me (Jasper) personally I always wanted to really have a heavy rock/metal band like TLE so I am really happy to finally be able to live out all my musical fantasies!
LOMM: How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
The Last Element: We wanted something heavy and catchy, something that will stick with you for a long time. We don’t really have a certain genre we only stick to, so we got a lot of options. Each song means we’ve evolved a bit further, but we still sound like TLE.
LOMM: Are you happy with your product? What aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve upon?
The Last Element: yeah really happy! I mean we love writing songs and each finished song is like a little gift, sure we are always trying to improve things, on our upcoming release we have new artwork a new logo, a better video and mixing and mastering is better, so yeah constantly working! Mostly we always try to nail the mix better and have everything exactly the way we want it.
LOMM: How has the overall reception been?
The Last Element: Amazing! We have a lot of cool fans who are very kind, on spotify we keep growing all the time and we’ve landed multiple editorial playlists on spotify, pandora and itunes. Furthermore on youtube people made some cool videos with our songs that have been streamed millions of times!
LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
The Last Element: Sure we did! But it’s been a while now, Robert broke his leg a while ago before the whole pandemic, so we couldn’t play. Now fully healed we still can’t play cause yeah you know why. But hopefully soon we can get some new cool gigs going and meet some of you guys/girls again!
LOMM: What is the next step for you? How is the future looking?
The Last Element: It’s totally open! We got an amazing release planned and we can’t wait to share that with you! All the while we are already finishing the next song. We really wanna play some cool live shows this summer and we are working hard to reach more and more people!
LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
The Last Element: life inspires me (Jasper), 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.
LOMM: Who is composing the songs?
The Last Element: That would be Noah/Jan and me it depends, sometimes noah has a full instrumental track ready and I will just write lyrics and a vocal melody other times Jan has a sick soundscape we start working on and sometimes we write an acoustic track and it is transformed into a metal song! There’s no limit!
LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?
The Last Element: Hmm a hard one, in our genre it would be Linkin Park and Bring Me The Horizon, but we listen to everything and even golden oldies can really inspire us. In the end we just try to make what we love not trying to fit a certain mold or sound.
LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
The Last Element: haha we love both! Writing new music is amazing, so that would be the studio, but then once a song is done and seeing people react to it live, that’s the real gem!
LOMM: What first got you into music?
The Last Element: funny story, I decided I wanted to be rockstar at the age of 6, I just started to listen to Marilyn manson, RATM and nirvana, didn’t play an instrument or anything but yeah, rockstar seemed logical, so the next step was playing an instrument. Piano, heavy metal as f*** ! Yeah you know it was a long way from there getting anything done… actually still is 😉
LOMM: What do you like the best about being a musician? And what is it that you do not like much?
The Last Element: Writing songs, hearing them in your head and then when they come to life. It’s just amazing, feels great!
Don’t like the commercial side, needed to be busy with other things then making and writing music otherwise there is just no way you can really get something going.
LOMM: If you weren’t musicians, what would you be doing?
The Last Element: We’ll we all have daytime jobs.. so yeah haha.
LOMM: If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The Last Element: Sometimes it’s just to buddy buddy, hard to get into the scene.
LOMM: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
The Last Element: Music for its own sake for sure! We just write what we love
LOMM: What is the most memorable gig that you have played to date?
The Last Element: We did a support for Skillet that was amazing!! Really nice guys as well and the venue was packed, it was such a blast!
LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
The Last Element: We’ll landing some of those editorial playlists on Spotify has been amazing! But we hope to get the real greatest accomplishments in the future 😉
LOMM: Who would you like to collaborate with?
The Last Element: So many great artists out there we would love to collab with, but the highest on our list right now would be BTMH
LOMM: Who would you like to go on a tour with?
The Last Element: All the cool bands out there, but a nice bill would be, I prevail, Normandie and BMTH
LOMM: If you could play any festival in the world, which one would you choose? Tell us why.
The Last Element: That’s a hard one… we really would love to play any festival out there with cool bands, but if we had to name something then I guess Rock in Rio?!
LOMM: Name some of your all-time favorite albums? Include controversial ones.
The Last Element: Mechanical Animals I grew up with that album, loved it since the first time I heard it!
LOMM: What does your collection look like? Mostly Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, Digital? A bit of everything? A total mess?
The Last Element: Digital for sure, but still have an old CD collection as well!
LOMM: What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
The Last Element: The Netherlands, rock scene is not dead, but pretty small here in general, big US rock bands have an audience though !
LOMM: You can invite 5 people to a dinner party, from the future, the past, rock stars, a movie characters, you name it. Who are you having dinner with?
The Last Element: Freddy Mercury, Chester Benington, Michael Jackson, Corey Taylor and Oliver Sykes.
LOMM: If you had one message to your fans, what would it be?
The Last Element: When things get dark, remember and hold on to the light. We aren’t made to live life on our own, together we can be strong.
LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?
The Last Element: Anyone wanting to reach out, go ahead we love to talk and mingle! You can always send us your love and regards to email@example.com
Owww and be sure to check us out on spotify and all the other media. Every small gesture adds up!