Hello everyone! This week, I was able to talk to Allison Eckfeldt of Esoterik. They formed in January of 2013 in Oklahoma City and already they have been able to tour outside of the country and have developed a genuine fan base. Allison is the lead singer. Brady Bledsoe plays guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, and sings. Austin Hayes does keyboards and synthesizers as well. The interview with Allison is below. She is so sweet!
Eckfeldt: This is a question that is difficult for me to answer briefly..but I’ll do my best! Since I (Allison) was born in 1990 I missed out on everything from the 80’s; which seems to be the case that I see in the gothically inclined individuals showing up on the scene nowadays. I’ve gotten into the habit of explaining to an older person in the scene when they are in shock that I haven’t heard of a certain band, movie or article that; “It’s not that I was living under a rock during in the 80’s; It’s just that I wasn’t born yet.”
Every gothic related band, fashion magazine/or article, interview, and videos/movies that I’ve found from the late 70’s and early 80’s, a time period I enjoy the most for the scene, I had found due to scouring the internet. So when I say I actively am wanting to keep the goth spirit alive that is because I am doing my best to give out the information I find to youth who want it and ask me for it or have a desire to dig deeper. I feel like the true spirit of the subculture is in its roots… which to me started in the late 70’s… but even if someone doesn’t have a pandoras box of knowledge, that doesn’t matter, the best way to keep the spirit of the subculture alive is to simply support the artists. Go to shows, talk with the artists, make friends at the venues or clubs, pick up some instruments and jam, just be active in the scene. This is what I do to keep the spirt of goth alive, it may seem small, but with some love and attendance that’s how anything grows and blossoms.
Eckfeldt: I had tried out as a bassist for Brady’s other project he was in, but they broke up not to long after the try out.
Fast forward about two years and I was swimming in lyrics I had being writing patiently dreaming of the day I could put melodies to them. The only logical thing was that it was time to present them to another individual and start the process of being in a band from scratch.
I knew that creativity and melodies dripped from Brady’s veins so I HAD to work with him and snatch him up before another band did. It wasn’t even a question in my mind of who I should ask to jump into this project with me.
He said yes, I sent him lyrics, which he wonderfully cleaned up, for two tracks and he produced two beautiful melodies for us.
At the time we had thought we would just work as two musicians only. Preforming that way as well.
But then Austin rolled into our sights and after both Brady and I spent time with him it just felt like a perfect fit for the band.
It all happened in a really organic and natural way.
Eckfeldt: Oh yes. I love Depeche Mode’s ‘Some Great Reward’ album and know every single track off of it by heart… and Siouxsie inspires me not only as a musician and performer but as a revolutionary women. I own ALL of her albums but my favorite is ‘Superstition’. At least six tracks on that album hit so close to home for me, the tracks ‘cry’ and ‘little sister’ literally cause me to tear up if my emotions are just right.
Esoterik’s own sound is heavily influenced by darkwave, New Wave, and Synth-pop.
But as far as my big personal influences go… The bands called ‘The Blood Brothers’, ‘At the Drive in’, ‘Circa Survive’, ‘Dance Gavin Dance’ and ‘Neon Blonde’ made me want to be a musician and be on stage in my early teen years.
As a performer I’m inspired by Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Anthony Green, and Johnny Whitney.
As a vocalist I am inspired by Ian Curtis, Tina Root, Justin Warfield, Florence Welch, and Harry McVeigh.
Eckfeldt: Well so far in our touring journey I would have to say Germany is my favorite place to perform. Hands down without a single doubt. The general love and appreciation of music is incredible in Germany.
As far as a ‘best crowd’ goes, there is no crowd that outdoes another because the people who have shown up to support Esoterik where ever we perform are all the ‘best crowd’. I’m grateful to be on stage and be able to connect with people through my music no matter the size of the crowd or the crowd participation.
Eckfeldt: I’ve been drawing my entire life and selling artwork for half of my life so it’s hard to say when I officially started freelance; but I draw, paint, and sketch anything my soul tells me to. It’s therapy for me just like music is. (She does all the art work for her album covers!)
Eckfeldt: Several actually! Siouxsie Sioux, Anne Marie Hurst, Stevie Nicks and Nina Hagen.
Eckfeldt: Have fun, continue creating, Meet tons of fans and make new ones, give out love and integrity, and Tour as much as humanly possible all around the globe.
Eckfeldt: YES! LOTS! One of them being our new album! Which is close to being completely wrapped up… along with a visually exciting new music video for an unreleased track off of the new album.
Her passion for gothic and eighties culture is admirable. I appreciate how much they are influenced by original synthpop, yet they find a way to keep it fresh. I can’t wait to see Esoterik live one day! Here are some of their videos on Youtube. What do you think?