EMQ’s with ELKAPATH
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Gloucestershire, England based Gothic/Alternative Metal band, Elkapath. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Elkapath was started as a solo project back in 2004 by Carla. It was just an Internet project to start with. She started to perform some of her songs at open mic nights but wanted more from it so formed the band in 2019 to take the project to a new level and create a new sound for Elkapath. Before the formation of the band as we know it now, the music was more electro goth industrial dance. The new sound has become more synthetic gothic metal.
How did you come up with your band name?
Carla was working as a sewing machinist back in 2004 and she saw the name “elka” written on the side of the machine and “path” written on the other. She put the two names together as “Elkapath” and liked the sound of it so that became the name.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Gloucestershire, England, UK.
The music scene here isn’t very active, there are a lot of bands but not the same following as it was a decade ago. We do hope to see a change soon.
We are very fortunate though, that we are close to Birmingham and Bristol which often see many larger touring bands playing in their venues.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
It’s called “Black Spiders”.
The single, including our first official music video, was released in August. ‘Black Spiders’ is the title track of our debut album, which is due for release on October 31st!
‘Black Spiders’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
We do get a lot of different influences.
We are four people with four completely different backgrounds, Carla who is the main lyricist/songwriter gets her inspiration from bands like the Prodigy, Korn and the list goes on.
What first got you into music?
Carla has been singing and writing since she was little. She has a natural talent for it, which she believes she was born with.
Marios and Chris have been influenced by bands and knew it was something they wanted to do.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Lacuna Coil is one of our favourite bands, we would love to have a collaboration with them one day!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
We would love to play Download and Bloodstock. We are always visiting those two amazing festivals. Being on their stages is our biggest target.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We are a new band so we have not got that far yet. There are some true followers who have followed Elkapath from the beginning and bought all of our music and we are truly thankful to them.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
We wish we could meet each and every one of them, shake their hand and thank them! Without them we wouldn’t be here and their support is really appreciated!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
It has to be Keith Flint. His influence on us is massive and every time we saw them live it was the moment of the night! Without him something is not right!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Writing is my favourite part, it’s like going into another world and you can forget what is going on around you, you can just completely zone out, it’s magical. I love the feeling I get from writing.
There is not a lot we hate; we always try to stick with the positives.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
We would love the industry to be a lot more open to new bands and ideas.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Music For The Jilted Generation” by The Prodigy is just an outstanding album from start to finish.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
CD’s are more special but I do download a lot of music. There is a magic around vinyl’s and we hope to print some later.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I really enjoyed the Cotswold Inn in Cheltenham. Was such a great place to play, local small venue but the energy was awesome.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Unfortunately, music doesn’t pay the bills yet so we all have our day jobs.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Rob Zombie along with his House Of 1000 Corpses house cast!
What’s next for the band?
We are currently booking shows from October onwards and we hope to work on new material soon.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We are on all major social media and we do run our own website at:
You can find a lot of useful information on our website along with our shop where we are always looking to add new and exciting stuff!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?Thank you so much for the opportunity you gave us and we hope to speak with you soon
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