DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Eloah
Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.
This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we find Eloah sat on the beach. The island is far from their home, so how did they end up here and how did they cope with life on Devil's Island?
Find out now...
Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest.
You're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?
I chose our latest album 'Proud to Love You', because it contains so many beautiful songs, songs that touch me and remind me how fantastic life can be and how much love I am able to give. So now I just hope that somewhere on this island I will find electricity, a CD player, an amplifier and loudspeakers, otherwise saving the album would have been in vain…
Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?
Now, since I am probably alone on the island except for some wild and dangerous animals (and monsters?), I would choose the album cover of the album 'Proud to Love You'. showing many of my favourite stuffed animals from my childhood. As a child, I sometimes dreamt that my stuffed animals would defend me in my sleep against monsters, thus I trust that their image should be sufficient to scare away any imagined and real dangers – and protect me during my sleep. And the poster would go nicely with the album I saved.
There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to choose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?
Well, that is easy. I would chose a yard of ale, that would probably quench my thirst the longest, and after drinking that I would probably sleep until I get rescued – hopefully.
Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you each managed to salvage one item of band merch. What’s the merch and for what band?
I would probably have saved my MAESTRO t-shirt – because MAESTRO is a great band (featuring our guitarist Orion Roos and bass player Peter Douwenga), because I like the shirt, and because it would probably be useful to have some extra clothing on the island.
You’re sat on the island thinking “I’m stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity”… who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?
Hmm – the depends. I could say my family – but I would not want to condemn them to that fate – so probably a group of craftsmen that would be able to build a seaworthy boat with the materials present on the island.
There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?
It would be the 40th anniversary concert of VORTEX at Vera in Groningen, the Netherlands. That was a fantastic show, great band (featuring our guitarist Orion Roos), great audience, great vibes!
You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?
Orion Roos, our electric guitar player. Not to say that the others wouldn’t try to rescue me, but he is really professional in organising things – be it shows, recording sessions, rehearsals, etc. – so he would certainly be able to mount a professional rescue.
You've been stuck here for a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?
Good one. I don’t believe in no-win scenarios like that one. So we would look for an alternative – because there is always an alternative. We could try eating the plants, for example. Or meditate in order to reach an enlightened state where we don’t need food anymore. Or learn teleportation. Or pray until a deus ex machina comes to rescue us. There is always a way as long as you believe there is.
Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?
Oh, for that I would have had to save a number of persons. I did have the luxury of having a number of musical mentors, starting with my late friends Jörg Horner and Bernd Felsberger, both of which have encouraged and taught me a lot, but I have also learned a lot from all of my current colleagues in the band – Orion Roos, Johan van der Meer, Peter Douwenga, Dominik Mittergradnegger and Lila Herderberg