Interview with Pete Devine of Pete's Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Uncle Hauk: Musically, people say we sound like Dio fronted by Heart. I like to think we cross genre and are undefined in our scope and vision. Lots of metal and hard rock. Some electronic. Some folk. Some classical. We never aim to repeat ourselves.
Kelsey: I totally agree! We have a very eclectic sound and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We like to keep our listeners on their toes.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Uncle Hauk: Kelsey and I worked together on a DnD themed holiday variety show. I heard her sing and knew I wanted to work with her. She’s fantastic! We did a ton of tracking during the pandemic and are looking to get out and play live as much as possible!
Kelsey: Hauk approached me with the idea and the elevator pitch, I immediately fell in love with the idea.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Uncle Hauk: That’s a pretty broad question- my musical favorites are Skyclad and New Model Army, also Levellers, Guns N Rose, Willie Nelson, Lydia Loveless, Faure, Beethoven, Duke Ellington, and more. I listen to everything from Megadeth to Taylor Swift to JS Bach. I grew up playing jazz, ska, punk, and classical. At this point, I’ve actually lost track of how many instruments I own, let alone play.
Kelsey: I’m operatically trained, so some of my vocal style is influenced by Marie Callas, Rene Flemming, and on the more musical theatre side, Sarah Brightman. I love the vocal styles of Amy Lee, Amy Winehouse, Haley Williams, and too many more to count. Much like Hauk, I have too many favorites and styles to really pick just one.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Uncle Hauk: Make great music. Have that music change peoples lives for the better.
Kelsey: I would love if Elf Queen made it big enough to play the arena rock concert that our music embodies. Lights, pyro, props, the whole shebang!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Uncle Hauk: I wrote most of the first three albums. The third album was a Requiem I wrote for my late fiance. That one was brutal to try and put into music. We’re starting to work on our fourth album and I’m hoping we make it more collaborative. I’ve been sending Kelsey demos and ideas and shes been sending new lyrics and new ideas and I’m really excited to see what we come up with.
Kelsey: Hauk is truly the musical genius behind Elf Queen. He’s written everything we’ve done so far. I’m just the vocals. But together, we make amazing things happen.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Uncle Hauk: We were using carrier pigeon but they kept getting shot down, so mostly Facebook and Instagram. https://www.facebook.com/ElfQueenBand @elf_queen_band
Kelsey: We did try ravens once or twice, but they’re too smart and wouldn’t work for literal peanuts anymore. We’ll be starting up a TikTok account starting in the new year as well. Gotta have that TikTok or the labels won’t look at you am I right?
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Uncle Hauk: I buy a ton of music online these days. Bandcamp has made it super easy to discover and support new artists (and new to me artists). I don’t like stealing from people, especially not other musicians. And nowadays, if you can’t afford to buy an album, then you can stream it for free or nearly free. Streaming does nothing to help indy artists, but at least its not stealing. I always tell people buy an album if you can. If you can’t, stream it. If you can’t stream it, message me and I’ll give you a copy and you can buy the next one down the road.
Kelsey: I don’t have a problem with people downloading music online as long as it’s legally obtained. I fully agree with Hauk on his views.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Uncle Hauk: Estranged by Guns N Roses. The tension and drama in the guitar parts gets me every time.
Kelsey: There are so many great songs out there, but honestly, I don’t know that there are any that I wish *I* had written. I don’t think they would have the same impact on me.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Uncle Hauk: People who have corgis and won’t let me cuddle their corgi.
Kelsey: Turn signals. They’re right there with a flick of a pinky…. Just use them please.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Uncle Hauk: Elf Queen’s 17th album (hopefully around August 2034) – but to current date, releasing the Elf Queen Requiem. That was a labor of love in so many ways.
Kelsey: Performing at the Pagan Community Retreat, here in California. Hauk and I played acoustically and it was really the first time I felt the true magic of our music come alive.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Uncle Hauk: Tracking for our 4th album. Got six songs ready to go, and another 12 or 13 in the writing stage. After that, play live.
Kelsey: The next two albums will be amazing! Hauk has some excellent demos and I can’t wait to collaborate and lend my voice to Hauk’s magic.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Uncle Hauk: Elfqueen.bandcamp.com is the best place to go. Then Amazon/Itunes/Etc.
Kelsey: Thank you so much and Hail to the Queen!