It has been a busy period for Sydney metallers Elegist. Now aligned with upstart local label Elevnth Records, the band, this week, announced their new vocalist, Jak Fraser.
To coincide with the news, plus the upcoming release of new single (‘Adherence‘), Elevnth Records‘ (and former The Amity Affliction guitarist) Troy Brady had a quick Q&A with the new frontman.
How long have you known the guys in Elegist?
I’ve known the guys in Elegist for a few years now, from playing with Ryan (guitarist in Elegist) in our old band Spheres. They were always an amazing local band in terms of my particular music taste and have been nothing but generous and welcoming since I met the boys.
When did you take an interest in vocals; and start pursing fronting a band?
It happened by accident, a quick conversation when I was about 18 led to me fronting a band when I was younger. This leads to you meeting people along the way that push you further and critique you to always progress as a musician. It wasn’t until I felt I developed my own style that I really felt confident enough to front a more cohesive band.
What are some influences that you draw from?
Definitely Jesse and Karl from Misery Signals, Chad from Legend and For the Fallen Dreams. But musically, I’d say bands like The Get Up Kids, American Football, Shai Hulud and Crossbearer have made me want to progress my writing ability infusing a first-person perspective with depth.
Are there any particular topics that you are passionate about and intend to incorporate into new lyrics?
I prefer a more personable approach to lyric writing as I see it as a way to vent without offending or glorifying my problems or issues.
How do you generally spend a day?
Working, drawing and finding new music.
What has been your worst and/or best experience playing in a band thus far?
My worst experience is yet to happen and my best is when everything “clicks” on stage, in the studio or with writing.
Do you have an Instagram or Twitter account?
No, due to my type of work I usually try to keep a minimal presence on the internet.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
On a hover board with my pet robot playing breakdowns with a laser-stringed guitar.