Band of the Day Questions
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- What’s the name of the band?
The band is called ELOAĦ.
- Where are you from?
The band started out in Graz, Austria, 1993, but is now established in the Netherlands with both Austrian and Dutch members.
- What type of music do you play?
ELOAĦ plays mostly singer/songwriter based chansons and ballades with new age, rock, pop and jazz influences. The series “The Mondstein Chronicles” is an exception, here the music is based on jazz and classical improvisations.
- Introduce yourselves to the readers and tell us what you do in the band?
ELOAĦ usually involves a lot of different (guest) musicians and explores new directions and styles on every album. Over the past couple of years, however, a stable line-up crystalized: Orion Roos plays electric guitars, Peter Douwenga bass guitars, Johan van der Meer drums and percussion, Dominik Mittergradnegger saxophone, Lila Herderberg sings, and I (Elmar C. Fuchs) sing as well, play acoustic guitars, flutes and keyboards.
- This is probably a common question but one that most want to know, what musical influences did you have growing up, and what are some now?
I grew up learning classical piano and taking classical singing lessons, so classical music is certainly an influence. As a teenager I started teaching myself guitar and tin whistle, and I discovered my love for a variety of styles, for example melodic rock&metal (e.g. Savatage), Celtic/new age music (e.g. Loreena McKennitt), singer/songwriter music and chansons (e.g. Herman van Veen). Later on I discovered my love for jazz (e.g. Keith Jarrett). But that is just me. Every other musician of ELOAĦ has a different story, different tastes – parts of all that go into our music.
- Have you always been into music? Was it something that just came to you naturally?
Absolutely. I remember that I already loved singing in kindergarten, and because of my love for music I started with piano lessons when I was 7 or 8 years old. Music has always been an important part of my life, and it always will be.
- What can we expect from the band in the rest of 2022 and beyond into 2023?
We just released the ballade / soft rock album “Proud to Love You.”, and we are all very happy with it. At the same time we have already been busy with our next project, a heavy rock / metal album for which the drum recording sessions are in progress at the moment. We are planning to finish recording and mixing this album in in 2023, it is scheduled to be released in 2024. We are also thinking about performing some tracks of this new album afterwards.
- For someone who wants to know more about the band, were can they find you at? And where can they find your music?
You can find us on the internet at eloah.at. There you will also find links to our music at the major online providers (iTunes, Spotify, etc.). On social media you can follow us on Facebook (eloahmusicsite).
- Let’s answer some fun questions, what is your all time favorite band?
There are many, it is hard to choose. Perhaps MAESTRO – or Savatage – or Jon Oliva’s Pain. However, I also like power metal like Manowar and Virgin Steele. And of course there’s always Iron Maiden. And I have seen Herman van Veen many times live with his band, he is just fantastic. So… honestly, I don’t know. ?
- If you could tour with any band and open or have them open for you, who would you choose?
I would really like to tour with MAESTRO and open for them, that would be fantastic – especially since both our e-guitar and bass guitar player play in both bands, so it would be a double feature for them.
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