Emerra is an alternative prog/rock band from Germany consisting of Stefan Paar (bass), Max Lumer (drums), Timo Lebeck (guitar), and Fabian Horn (vocals/guitar). Fabian drew the short straw and filled in the blanks on our introduction to Emerra…
What are the origins of the band, how long have you been playing together?
Hey! Fabian here, thanks for having us! We all knew each other from previous bands. It all came down to us wanting to try something different together. I think it’s been 4 years since we started writing music in this new project.
How did you feel performing your first gig? And how was it?!
Actually it was my first concert as a frontman and main singer. I was so nervous. I guess you could tell by my conversation with the crowd. I really do need to overcome this shy awkwardness, haha. After a few songs, I really liked it though. I think the songs we brought on stage had so much energy and the feedback was great as well.
What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe yourself?
They can expect a rather heavy production with mostly clean vocals. Everyone who likes a good hard-hitting record, but isn’t too much into the whole shouting/screaming experience could like what we do.
The music itself is a mixture of modern metal with some 2000’s vibe simplicity in the breakdown department.
The new music scene is bursting at the seams with fresh talent, in what ways do you feel that a band has to stand out from the others trying to build a name?
We try not to think too much about that because it really is terrifying and can bring a lot of uncertainty. Bands are SO good nowadays. Even the small ones have a big production and most limitations are gone. This is why we try not to be the next stereotype band but focus on what happens in the moment, in our own home studio in our own minds. We hope to be able to find our unique sound and try that our songs vary from each other. We like to think that every song we put out has to have a reason for being, and shouldn’t be a filler to achieve any album length.
What are you working on at the minute that people can check out?
Unfortunately, it’s at an early stage of songwriting and producing our second EP, but if you want to check out our first one you could have a look at our latest music video. (see above)
What band out there at the minute do you feel that you would be best suited to open for?
I think that could be either Karnivool or Nothing More. And we’d love that so much!
Who do you feel is the next band to break out?
I am really bad at guessing that, but maybe “Chaosbay“ from Germany. They are like local idols of ours. And their material and performance quality is absolutely legit.
What are your first musical memories? And what was the light bulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
I started with the Backstreet Boys and being all about singing, and pantomime guitar playing got me into taking guitar lessons as a child.
When my father got an AC/DC DVD for his birthday back in about 1999, I saw Angus Young go crazy with his guitar on that stage in front of all those people I really wanted to get myself an electric guitar at that point.
I would say, that that was the spark that lit my fire. Because after getting that guitar I really practiced like a maniac, hours and hours every day. There was a time when I could play every Metallica song off the first five albums or so, haha.
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
I went to see While She Sleeps on their latest tour here in Germany just before the Covid lockdown. It was an amazing show!
The album that you have in your album collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
We all are pretty versatile in regards to music. I don’t think there are any real surprises in there.
Maybe it would be surprising to most people that I personally can listen to an Emmure or Suicide Silence track and play any Nsync and Bruno Mars songs right after.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2020?
I think we try to make the best of it and just hope it goes away quickly.
Covid didn’t just hurt our band, but also our businesses, so we really need to try to keep the damage at a minimum and use our resources to stay relevant without being able to play any show.
How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
We use Instagram mainly but also have our Youtube & Facebook channels.
You can also find our music on most streaming platforms, to get you started you can find us on Spotify here:
Or search for Emerra – Monochrome and you will find us.
We’d also like to thank everyone who spends their time listening to our music. It means the world to us.
Thank you so much for the interview! It was fun answering those questions.