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ALIEN ROCK IN ROSWELLAn interview with Michael from the UFO rock band Element 115by Philip Mantle
Posted: 14:15 April 8, 2008
The UFO subject made its way into popular culture many years ago. It has been used extensively in advertising, movies and of course music. We had the rock band UFO and today there is the FOO FIGHTERS. David Bowie sang about his 'Starman', The Carpenters and their 'Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft', to name but a few. The list of UFO themed songs in popular music is quite extensive.
While visiting Roswell, New Mexico as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations, I met with Michael from the rock band Element 115. They had performed in Roswell on Thursday July 5th, the day before I had arrived so I missed their concert. I met with Michael in the Cover-up café while I was taking part in a radio interview for the Jerry Pippin Show. Element 115 is no ordinary rock band and they even have an alien drummer.
Michael simply likes to be known as Michael. No surname. As he explained if the angels can simply have one name then that's good enough for him. I took the opportunity to get an interview with Michael to try and learn more about Element 115. That interview is reproduced here in full. All photographs are courtesy of Michael and are copyright Rivera Photography, Roswell, and used by permission.
Q: Michael, could you tell me from where you got the name for the band.
A brave man by the name of Robert Lazar claims to have worked at Area 51, Groom Lake, in Nevada on reverse-engineering alien spacecraft obtained by the US government. He reported that he discovered the fuel source, and it utilized at its core, Element 115. He claims that Element 115 is unique in that the strong gravitational force of the atom extends beyond the nucleus and is detectable. Any electromagnetic force which is detectable can also be amplified and directed. It basically enables the craft to create a strong gravity force which can bend the space-time fabric. That's powerful, and so are we.
Q: How did the band get together in the first place.
The first iteration of the band formed in 1995 and put one record together. Personal differences broke the band up before the CD could even go to market, and since I came up with the name, I kept it for further iterations to come. The initial meeting of the current line-up happened at a friend's birthday party in 2002. I met Kevin, the former keyboard player there, and Carla, whom I already knew, but was not playing bass yet, was there as well. We started practicing together and went through a couple of bass players before I asked Carla if she'd like to really learn bass and play in the band. In 2004 she joined, and in January of this year Jess became a full member.
Q: How did the alien drummer idea evolve.
We had a hard time finding a guy with a digital drum set (for volume control) who knew the classic rock material we wanted to play. I made a joke that maybe we'd have better luck finding an alien to play drums. Kevin said, "Well, why don't you just make one?" and then laughed. I sat for about 10 seconds and said, "I could do that." Then came the infamous phrase from Kevin: "If you can pull that off..."
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