Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living.
Emelle Greger – I literally live and breathe music. It’s truly the very essence of who I am and I honestly
do not know where I would be without it. It provides escapism and true peace for me. I have no other
outlets or “vices” to turn to other than music. Creating music, writing melodies and lyrics for Eternal
Frequency gives me such purpose and determination.
Tyler Travis – Music has just always been the escape for me. Through out high school, and even to now.
It has been the best way for me to express myself.
A.J. Lopez – Music has influenced me all of my life. To this day, I utilize music when I am talking with
people during my day job. We discuss instrumentation as well as the metaphor behind lyrics. Music is
one of my ways of coming home after a long day at work and relaxing. Picking up my guitar to practice
or starting a demo helps me wind down.
Justin Walters- Hmmm…. Daily living as a musician is tough. Why? Because it’s ALL you ever think about.
Whether you are at work doing something you hate or even when you are pumping gas into your car.
It’s always on your mind and it’s what you want to be doing. I fell in love with music at a very early age
and never turned back. I live and breath it every waking moment and until I get to where I want to be, I
wont be complete.
Dane Lowell – Music has always played a major part in my life. While I was growing up that’s all I was
surrounded by and I loved every second of it. My great grandfather, grandfather, and father all played
guitar, and I play the drums. It’s in my blood and it’s something I’ve always been drawn to.
Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?
Emelle Greger – I find myself listening to music most often if I’m feeling stressed and need to take a chill
pill haha. I also always have to have music blasting in the car and while working out in the gym.
Tyler Travis – I normally play music anywhere I am. Driving, in the office if it’s quiet, before I fall asleep,
A.J. Lopez – I listen to music most in my car or when I’m hanging out with my friends.
Justin Walters-Typically as soon as I leave work, music is involved. Getting in the car, public bathrooms,
at home. Doesn’t matter as long as it’s playing.
Dane Lowell – All the time. Most when I’m in the car or I’m just anywhere basically haha. I can’t live
What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and so
on? Why do you favor them?
Emelle Greger – Me personally I’m in love with my Sennheiser microphone. To me they are the best in
the business when it comes to sound quality and also durability. The microphone is really great with
helping a clearer, crisper sound that can cut through all of the other instruments.
Justin Walters-I’m a Les Paul guy. Always have been, always will be. Not really the brand, but the body. I
love the Les Paul style body. We will revisit this question when I get a signature guitar (Wink, Wink).
Aside from that my Kemper is the chief. Any sound, amp, pedal, at my disposal without that crappy
digital tone that old processors used to give out. It’s a beast!!!
Tyler Travis – I used Ibanez for awhile, but once I switched to Spector, that’s when I really fell in love
with the instrument. Recently, I have made the switch to Steinberger, who has a deep rooted
connection with Spector. My NS bass has just become super smooth and just feels natural to play.
A.J. Lopez – My current favorite brands to use are Kiesel Guitars and Axe-FX. Axe-FX has been something
I used for many years with recording and I decided to get one just over a year ago. The amp block and
the tone capabilities of my Axe-FX are incredible, despite mine being an older model. There are never
any issues at all.
Talk about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline behind its development
or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the writing/recording process?
Emelle Greger – The best way that I can put this is that the band originally started back in May of 2018,
but ETERNAL FREQUENCY is re-imagined, better than ever, and this current lineup is the only one that
matters. I don’t like dwelling in the past because the present and future are so incredibly bright. If
someone asked me two years ago that we would be where we are now I would have never imagined
this. I’m so grateful for the team I have working alongside me now and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Justin Walters- This was a band that I saw from afar that had great promise. I was asked by Emelle to fill
in a while back, so I gave them a listen and I was pretty floored. Cool sound, incredible vocals, and I said
“……..I don’t want to be JUST a fill in”. A year has almost come and this is a completely different band
than what I originally heard. It’s fresh, it’s aggressive, it’s mature, it’s the future of Hard Rock. It’s really
exciting to see where we are and where we are going.
Tyler Travis – I’m the “new guy” of the band, and I was the last member to join up with them. I did
attend Eternal Frequency’s very first show about two years ago. So, I can comfortably say that the band
itself has greatly improved and matured. Each member greatly enjoys working with one another. We
poke fun, make jokes, and find any reason to have a good laugh no matter what we are doing.
Where there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you as a band overcome them,
if not what do you think is Eternal Frequency’s formula to gel so well?
Emelle Greger – At the end of the day we are all human and we won’t always agree on everything, but
it’s how you handle things maturely and work together as a team. THAT is what makes the difference
between an okay band and an AMAZING band. We always work out solutions together and we always
hear each other out. Always.
A.J. Lopez – We do not typically have problems during the recording process. When the band does have
an issue, we come together and discuss those problems and work towards a solution.
Justin Walters-I’m gonna piggy back on Emelle’s answer and say we are human beings, but also artists.
Of course there is always going to be some creative difference for both reasons. That being said, we are
a band that TALKS. We are not one’s for gossip and bullshit. We all want to do something with this. We
want to go places and we aren’t gonna let petty differences get in our way. We express our feelings and
everyone works together to find a common ground. That is incredibly rare in my experience with
previous bands and groups. This is a strong unit with one main goal and that’s to be able to do what we
love for the rest our lives. Together with this group, that goal is just a stone’s throw away.
Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?
Emelle Greger – I’d say my all time favorite part is looking out into the crowd and seeing people singing
my lyrics back to me. It’s freaking magical haha. Getting to go up on stage with my best friends and
inspire the crowd, seeing happy faces, people letting loose. There’s nothing more intoxicating as that. A
close second is being able to sit down and write. There’s nothing better than getting to let your music be
your journal for all of your thoughts and feelings.
A.J. Lopez – My favorite part of a project is always going to be getting out and performing live music. In
order to get to that part, you have to go through the writing process which is always fun and exciting as
Justin Walters- I think we all share the same common love for the stage. The reactions, the roars, and
the feedback once we get offstage. It’s a euphoric rush being onstage and it lingers even when you get
offstage. I can’t imagine that longing to perform to ever leave us.
Dane Lowell – My favorite part is trying to figure out what we are going to do next and how we are
going to make it work. I love brainstorming.
Tyler Travis – The writing process itself is enjoyable to be a part of, but I’ve always been a live show kind
of guy. Spending the time in the studio recording and arranging is fun, but I tend to try and think of what
I can do in a live setting to really bring the energy out in a song.
How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?
Justin Walters- performing and rocking it onstage is one thing. That’s the really fun part. However the
work that goes into pre production is pretty involved when it comes to this band. We put a lot of time
and effort into not just coming up with riffs, but building a signature sound. That being said, we have
TONS of idea’s that will probably never see the light of day. Not because they were bad idea’s, but more
so because they are not Eternal Frequency songs. We are a very experimental band, but we also have to
be cohesive. Take Parasite for example. I have recorded demos upon demos of just that one song. It was
one thing, then it was another. Then I would start working on another idea, but then I would come up
with another idea for Parasite, revisit it and sometimes flip it upside down to where it felt like my head
was gonna pop. In the end it ended up becoming everyone’s favorite tune thus far as a collective and
honestly I have to give a shout out to our singer Emelle because the song is never really a song until she
hears that melody. Yeah the rest of us may be the music makers, but if she doesn’t hear that “Hook”, it’s
more often than not a lost cause. No one wants a cupcake without icing and Emelle is the icing.
Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where do you see yourself
(yourselves) as an artist/band in 2020 and beyond?
Emelle Greger – I see my bandmates and I kicking ass in the coming years. We will fail and we will win,
there will be ups and downs like nobody’s business, but that’s what makes it so exciting. We will learn,
improve, and grow as a team and keep producing bigger and better music. I know in my heart that we
have all of the tools to be successful and the drives to make it happen. There is no doubt in my mind.
We won’t stop until everyone has our name in their mouths.
Justin Walters-I love this answer above mine, and I dig the one below, so I’m gonna just say
“Yeah….what they said”
Dane Lowell – We are going to continue to bring the people what they want. Even if it’s what they didn’t
know they needed.
Tyler Travis – I’m excited to watch “Parasite” grow as a single and a video. Every part of that process was
a blast to be a part of. Besides that, I’m excited to continue just being a band. I love the process of
bouncing ideas off of each other, bringing things together, and just working our way to becoming a
A.J. Lopez – I see myself in the future holding a career in music which as been a goal of mine since I
started my first band when I was 14 years old.