The focus of todays Inbox Interview is Gloucestershire based Rock/Pop band Elessar!
The three piece unit are no strangers to the UK's unsigned scene - known for their energy fueled live shows and charismatic personas - and indeed show no signs of allowing that to change any time soon!
We sent our list of questions over to vocalist and guitarist Ricky Powell. Read on to see what he had to say about the band's latest release, their most memorable moments and more...
So why the name Elessar?
We get this one a lot! And for the movie nerds out there, you’ll know it’s a Lord of the Rings reference. We’re all big fans and back when we started the band we wanted to pick a simple name that we could all get behind.
In just one sentence, explain your sound...
High energy Rock with dance grooves, catchy hooks and big chorus’s.
How did the band form?
We all grew up in the same local scene, supporting each other in different bands. Over time we started writing together and went from there! We all said from day one we would commit to the band and throw everything we could at it. So far the hard work is paying off!
You just released your latest single Is It Love on the 8th of May. Can you tell us more about the writing/recording process for the song?
We did! We write and record everything ourselves where we can. So last summer we locked ourselves in Alex’s studio and wrote a bunch of new tracks with a new sound. This was the last of them, and the whole song came together pretty easily!
The verse guitar riff was written by myself while drinking far too much on a night in. I couldn’t remember it the next day but thankfully I’d filmed an awful attempt at it and Alex and Dan managed to work it out!
What have been your most memorable moments as a band so far?
We’ve had some pretty good highlights, for example last year supporting Mallory Knox at a sold out hometown show. Touring the country meeting some truly incredible people. But the main thing would be the reaction to our new music, we had backing from BBC Introducing and idobi Radio. It seems people really enjoyed the changes we made!
What can we expect from an Elessar live show?
High energy! Our aim is to get people moving and get people involved. We often get praised for being a tight live band, but no matter how many people there are in the room, we will always give 110%.
If you could support any band/artist, who would it be and why?
We’d have to say Enter Shikari, with everything they’re putting out recently. And they’re so good live it would be nice to be alongside them! Hopefully we could match the energy, but hanging backstage would be an interesting one.
The music industry can be an incredibly difficult place for up and coming artists - what are some of the challenges you've face so far?
The main issue is getting recognised, the unsigned market is so saturated by bands, all working for the same goal. It can get a bit dog eat dog at times. But you’ve just got to focus on your own targets, reach and engage with as many fans as you can. Especially with social media being such a valuable tool these days.
Who are three other bands/music artists that we should all go and check out?
All Ears Avow, Floorboards and Deadset Dream. All bands we’ve toured with or played local shows with. Some of those guys have had some big achievements recently so we couldn’t be more proud to work alongside them!
What's next for Elessar?
Well we had big plans, with tours and new songs. But with Coronavirus being a thing, and all of us being in lockdown, we had to put everything on hold. We’re focusing on fan engagement right now, through live streams and song covers! Then I’m sure the new material will follow...
And so concludes our interview with Elessar! A massive thank you to Ricky for giving us his time - we absolutely cannot wait to see what this exhilarating band!!
Check out the new single 'Is It Love' and more from Elessar on Spotify!
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