Recently, DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen interviewed The Last Element’s vocalist Jasper.
Hey, how are you?
Doing pretty good all things considered! Hope you are doing good 2?
Can you tell us something about the history of The Last Element?
WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER, WE ARE STRONGER.
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.
The Last Element has reached +1.8 million streams, fully DIY and this only proves they are getting the recognition and support from their listeners.
With these numbers increasing daily and one of their latest releases The Devil added to two Spotify editorial playlists simultaneously within the first week of its release, The Last Element is definitely levelling with established names in the genre on the way to determine their goal in life to share their music and lyrics with a global audience.
For people not knowing The Last Element (yet), how would you describe your music yourself?
I would say we sound like The Last Element! That would be, heavy guitar riffs, big modern sound and catchy vocals. We like to keep things as honest and raw as possible, so each song is a personal story, something we’ve been through something we’ve seen first hand. We try to really put all of our emotions into our music.
When someone doesn’t know The Last Element yet and you can choose one of your songs to present yourself, which song would that be?
That’s a hard one, I would say our latest, Cut It Off.
It’s a good example of what we do, it’s heavy but catchy!
What makes The Last Element unique?
Unique is a bit difficult in todays scene, there are so many bands that have so many different sounds.
Nonetheless I think you would recognize us within these bounds of bands, we really have a distinct sound that blends multiple styles into something that feels natural. We don’t think we need to fit a mold or anything, we just make what we believe are the best versions of our songs.
Any future plans you can already tell us something about?
Hard to say with the whole pandemic, but we hope to play more shows when it’s possible, also we will keep on releasing more singles this year and we’re working hard on new pictures, videos and other cool stuff.
Any upcoming gigs for The Last Element? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?
We hope to get some cool support acts and if it’s possible some festivals. Since we are a Dutch band (suprise motherf*****) we hope to do some shows in the bigger venues like Tivoli and Melkweg!
How do you think your life would be without music?
Boring and empty, probably I would have had a mental breakdown long ago… Music is my therapy so without it, that would be pretty rough.
What advice would you give to young and starting bands?
We are pretty much a starting band I would say haha, but yeah I would say keep working hard, keep making waves and keep your fans close. Blood, sweat and tears, there is no shortcut (well I guess sometimes with dumb luck) also just keep having fun. For us we just love making songs and in that way it doesn’t matter if millions listen to it or a couple of blokes/gals! But we always aim for the stars either way 🙂
Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac’s readers?
Yeah, support your locals, I know many Dutchies don’t like Dutch bands, but there are some gems out there!!
In that way, shout out to us, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can get merch, you can just say you hate or love us, it’s all good! We love to meet all of you!
Also visit our channels, it helps us out more than you know!
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I’m Tim van Velthuysen and I started DutchMetalManiac back in 2014. I’m 29 years old and I live in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Of course, I like metal, but I can also appreciate other musical styles.
In addition to DutchMetalManiac I also have a personal website on which I’ll post various things that won’t fit on DutchMetalManiac, but might be interesting for you as well. It’s in Dutch though.