My name is Mike, and thanks for checking out Element-O.P.! Element-O.P. is a solo project of mine: a blend of electronic, industrial and rock influences with a subtle Christian message, kind of like "Stabbing Westward" meets "Juggernautz"...or something like that, anyway.
Element-O.P. is too new to have much history
Element-O.P., as such, hasn't played live yet, but I have played "In Your Image," "Jesus' Feet" and "All Good" at my church, Muldoon Community Assembly (Edge).
My two favorite bands right now are Juggernautz and Mortal. Ok, that's cheating...both are basically Jyro Xhan's work, but what can I say? He's a talented guy, and has greatly influenced my music.
I really like Nine Inch Nails, Stabbing Westward and Filter. Even though a lot of Trent Reznor's lyrics are a bit much for me, NIN is probably my biggest influence--it is, in part, because many of his lyrics are diametrically opposed to what I believe that I am inspired to create my own music.
One of my less obvious influences is David Gilmour. I've always liked Pink Floyd--"Dark Side of the Moon" is still my all-time favorite CD. David Gilmour heavily influenced my lead style. On songs where I play leads, it's guys like David Gilmour and Eric Clapton that I try to emulate.
Geddy Lee from Rush and Chris Squire from Yes are probably the two biggest influences on my bass playing...not that I will ever be anywhere near as good a bassist as either of them. But their precision and musicianship inspire me to become a better musician as well.
I'm a big fan of Fender guitars. I use two Strats -- one that I've modified with a Seymour-Duncan Hotrails pickup, the other is still a work in progress. My bass is a Squier MB-4, but for a Squier, it's actually a pretty decent little guitar. I use a Korg Electribe-A MK. II analog modeling synth/sequencer and a Roland JV-880 synth module for my electronics, and I have an Alesis SR-16 drum machine for the drum tracks.
I've got two amps that I use: a small Gallien-Krueger bass amp and a vintage Carvin X100B tube half stack for the Strats.
I'm a gadget freak, so I've got a lot of different effects processors. Currently, I'm using either a Boss DS-1 distortion or a Digitech Bad Monkey in front of the Carvin. A Dunlop Cry-Baby Wah is also an essential.
On the vocals, I use a Digitech VX-300 vocal processor, but I still need to spend more time learning how to use it for best effect.
Thanks again to Soundclick for giving me a place to advertise Element-O.P., and thanks as well to everyone (especially my wife!) who has encouraged and helped me out so far! Element-O.P. wouldn't exist without you!
Most of all, thanks to God for giving me the inspiration to create this music!