Jason Ellett From Seven Year Existence
SEVEN YEAR EXISTENCE out of Champaign, Illinois is a young metal band with big goals. They take from old school hardcore metal and blend that with the newer crushing sound ala Lamb of God and seem to have found a perfect mix of demonic as all hell sounding heavy music that most veterans ten years older than them simply wishe they could attain. The band is one of the more popular unsigned acts on its local scene and recently took second place at their first major Battle of the Bands competition with Bodog Music in Chicago, IL's Lakeshore Theatre on August 9, 2006. Their victory was based on crowd reaction and crowd turnout. I got some Q&A in recently with their guitar player, Jason Ellett.
Rocket: So are you orginally from Champaign, Illinois?
Jason: No, I grew up in the sticks in Piper City, IL.
Rocket: When did you start playing the guitar?
Jason: I have played for about ten years, but have only been seriously playing for about five.
Rocket: Did you ever take any formal guitar lessons?
Jason: No, I'm self taught.
Rocket: Who are some of your biggest playing influences? Past or present.
Jason: Pretty much anyone who plays music, famous or not. If they're into it and enjoy playing it, any good musician will appreciate it and take something from it.
Rocket: Very cool answer. So what kind of guitars are you playing live and in the studio?
Jason: Right now, I'm playing on a Jackson custom MG series and a custom ESP MH1000.
Rocket: You can't go wrong wth Jackon. What kind of amp rig?
Jason: I play through a Peavey XXX and cabinets.
Rocket: Let's talk about how Seven Year Existence formed initially. What year did you guys all get together? And how did you meet up exactly?
Jason: The band officially formed in late 2004 under the name Raze which had a different line up than now. Randy and I (guitarists) had been in a couple of bands together already and started this band. We stole our original drummer from another band which he was the guitarist for. Our bass player was actually my apprentice at work and I'm not sure where the vocalist came from. We now have a solid line up with new additions Ro on bass, Ben on drums, Luke on vocals, Kyle (original bassist) now on guitar, and myself still on guitar.
Rocket: Tell me about your band's debut album, brother.
Jason: We released our first album in December of 2005. The album is called "Execute-Erase." It contains ten tracks of insane metal!
Rocket: So what can we expect from the new material?
Jason: Well, it's even more riff happy than the old stuff. We're doing a lot more with odd times. We also are bringing back the solos.
Rocket: Sounds killer. Now I like to have fun with this next one. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while performing?
Jason: I don't know about me, but our vocalist bit it hard while headbanging mid set. Got it on video too. It's classic. First you see him at the front of the stage and then nothing but feet staight up in the air.
Rocket: Haha. Who are some of the other local Illinois metal acts that have impressed you?
Jason: I'm going to have to give it up to our boys in Redeeming Damnation from Bloomington, IL. I'm more impressed with them every time I see them. Another band with real potential is Goretesque from Champaign, IL. And even though this band is not from IL, Neskaria from Superior, WI would be another amazing band. All these bands have great people in them and they know how to throw down and give us great trade shows, which is really important when a band needs to get out there. One of my favorites is playing with All Will Fall with drummer Adam Jarvis who also plays with Misery Index. That mother fucker can play. Oh, and partying with all the crazy fuckers in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is a damn good state for metal
Rocket: I know you guys have shows coming up, right? Tell us about them.
Jason: We've got a Thanksgiving show at The Canopy Club in Champaign on November 25th and we'll be at The Creepy Crawl in St. Louis on December 2nd. There's also some talks of us doing a couple of shows with OTEP at The Pearl Room in Mokena, IL on December 7th and possibly in Sauget, IL at Pops on December 11th. The shows with OTEP aren't confirmed yet, but an announcement will be made on our MySpace once they are. Last but not least, we should be doing a huge show in WI with Anal Blast, Vile, and our boys in Rictus Grin. That show should be taking place on March 3rd. All in all, a lot of great shows are coming up with a lot of big bands! Fans should continue to check our Myspace because we always play anywhere between 5-10 shows a month all over the Midwest.
Rocket: Good luck with all of it, Jason. Thanks very much for taking the time out on this with me. Give a shout out to your
Jason: I would like to thank all our fans for supporting us and helping us get to where we are now. They are definitely behind us and we appreciate that. Also, we would like to thank our manager Dimple Thakkar for her support. A lot of the things we get come through her and if it weren't for our supporters and managers who believe in us, we wouldn't have accomplished so much as a band in such little time. So, thanks again to everyone.
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