Uniting The Elements.

Uniting the Elements

Uniting the Elements are a punk, rock, and pop crossover act. Formed in 2001, the band have racked up an impressive list of opening slots and achieved radio plays in the US.

So, how did they come up with that name?

We sat in our tiny, smokefilled band office and everybody came up with an idea. Well, Dawn did not give in until her idea was accepted. How she came up with it? Who knows where ideas come from, it just felt right.

And how is it that they’ve racked up such a huge number of live shows (something like 850 dates!)

We formed in Sep 2001, first gig was Feb 2002 and the real deal of being a 100%, 24/7 band in June 2004.

Who would you consider are your most inspiring musical influences?

Dawn: Everything with a fat drumbeat and/or good vocals, e.g. System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine and of course Movie Soundtracks.

Ola: Journey and Van Halen

Sarah: Nirvana

Apart from your mum, who or what are your most important non-musical influences?

Dawn: Superhero movies, the moon

Ola: Carlos Castaneda, people without fear

Sarah: Motorbikes, Scooters, my pets, shoes

What’s the thing that sets you band apart from the rest?

Vision, Songwriting, stage presence

Where was the first gig you ever played?

JUZ, Gruenwald, Germany

What about the best gig you ever played and why?

The Vault in Baltimore cause we kicked proper ass.

What was your most embarrassing moment whilst playing live?

Dawn: When Ola left stage after the first song, because of catastrophic monitor sound

Ola: I once turned round and fell off stage

What was the first gig you ever went to?

Dawn: Guns n Roses

Ola: Jethro Tull

Sarah: Skunk Anansie, Muse

If you could choose the line up for the best gig in the world who would be on it and where would you stage it?

Dawn: Guns n Roses, Meat Loaf, Dolly Parton, Limp Bizkit at any open air stadium where its warm

Ola: Uniting The Elements, Journey, Led Zeppelin at Lahsa

Sarah: Sleater Kinney, The Organ, At the Drive-In, Oasis, The Darkness, Foo Fighters in the backgarden

What was the last album you listened to?

Dawn: Johnny Cash, Best Of

Ola: Deftones

Sarah: Gossip

What’s your favourite song lyric?

Dawn: Meat Loaf – ‘Objects in the rear view mirror…’

Ola: ‘She’s talking to the trees again’ by My Chemical Romance

Sarah: ‘A day in the life’ by The Beatles

What’s your take on the current state of modern music?

Dawn: It has always been hard for me to find a band, artist that I am really passionate about. I am a song person and there are always good songs around at any time.

Ola: The bands in the past were much better, they were more innovative

Sarah: It’s alright. It’s good.

Which animated character do you have the most empathy with and why?

Dawn: She-Ra, cause she is strong, sexy and can kick the bad guys ass.

Ola: Mater from the movie Cars

Sarah: Don’t know.

If you could have a drink with any dead musician who would it be?

Ola: Janis Joplin

Sarah: Keith Moon

Anything to confess?

Ola: I like Wagner Overtures

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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