By Joe Orville Lidskan
First off, introduce yourselves. What are all of your names, How old are
you, and what do you play?
Element is...Crissie...vocals...(19) Danny...guitar...(21)
Chris...guitar...(19) Sal...bass...(18) Nick...drums...(18)
How long have you been together?
We have been together for 2 and a half years...
What kind of music do you play, how would you describe the style, for
those who have not heard your music?
We play rock'n'roll with punk influences, fronted by pop-girl vocals...
What are your main musical influences, other bands?
Some of the main influeneces on Element are...All/Descendents, MxPx,
Face to Face, Ramones, Lagwagon, Elvis Costello, Blondie, The Go-go's,
and of course the oldies...
I understand you worked with Mike Herrera on your latest release, what
sort of help did he give you?
Mike Herrera was a huge help on our album. He has such a great mind for
studio and that shows in the many ideas and suggestions he made. He
very hard with crissie to improve her melodies and her vocal ideas. Neil
Hundt (yuri's drum tech) was the drum tech on our album and he worked so
on the getting the drums sounding good...together they were a great team
really made our album sound great.
Is he a good guy to work with?
Mike was a amazing guy to work with. He is an awesome person. He was so
encouraging and supportive of us. Don't listen to any of the rumors
him or his band...He's a great guy and has helped us out so much. We
love to work with him again on our future projects.
What do you know about Rock City Recording, is it your label?
Rock City Recordings is Mike's label along with the guys from Mxpx.
manager is also involed with the label. The Arthur ep (loneliness is
was their first release, it's a great album!!! Rock City is distributing
album for us.
What would you say the focus of your band is?
The focus of Element is to write the best music we possibly can...and to
real and positive with kids and let them know that God cares for them...
Would you say you have been successful at sticking to that focus thus
Yeah i think we have stuck to that focus pretty well this far.
What keeps you spiritually going, as a band, what drives you?
What keeps us spiritually going as a band is going to the church we go
doing bible studies together, being able to just hang out with each other
have fun and just being there for each other, showing love and
What would you tell me if I was an unsaved kid who wanted to ask you
about God at one of your shows?
I would tell you that God loves you and desires for you to know him and
him. God has such a plan for everyone's life and he wants you to trust
and let him help you through everything in life, good and bad. being
to God is just like having a best friend who understands everything about
because he made you, so you know that when your friends can't understand
can. I would give you a bible and show you what to read and how to learn
more about God.
What do you think of the general Christian Music Scene, healthy or
I would say that there is room for improvement (as with anything)...I
that as christians we have such a high responsibility to put out truly
music, because we have the Creator of the universe to inspire us.
Unfortunately I don't think it always adds up to that. Sometimes I think
sacrifice the quality of the music for the content when in fact the
is just as important.
Do you have any advice for new bands that want to be as cool as you?
We're not cool....the only advice we could give is to practice hard and
give up because the sky is the limit.
What kinda stuff do you like on TV?
vh-1 behind the scenes/ rockumentaries, nick at nite, the x-files, animal
Do any of you watch Dawson's Creek?
No we dont watch dawson's creek, sorry.
You are playing Purple Door this year, are you not?
Yes, we are playing purple door this year.
Where can people find out more about you guys, or order cd's, find tour
Our web site has a lot of info on it www.element-nj.com
Our address is p.o. box 133, cedar grove, nj 07009
or our voice mail is (973) 338-9543
Do you have anything else that you wanna tell the kids of decapolis?
Thanx for reading this and we hope to see you guys sometime.