Technically, The Last Cell is Jean-Marc Perc’s solo project. The songs are focused on his guitar work. which is stellar. However, he assembles a band and plays gigs from time to time. Overall, his music has a progressive rock/metal feel without going overboard. It is very accessible instrumental music.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
Bands like Scar Symmetry, Vitalism, Intervals but also a lot of gaming music like the soundtrack of Ori and the blind forest probably shaped my writing style.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Since I listen to all sorts of genres probably some of them. I guess Devin the Dude or the German Rapper Kollegah would shock them the most haha.
- What’s next for the band?
I plan on filming a couple of play through videos for the recently released EP Continental Drift. Also finishing the 3rd EP I am already working on and booking more gig
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
I would say easier since you only need an online label for publishing. The creative decisions always remain yours and that is just amazing.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
I just love science and nature. That is basically the main theme of the last cell. It’s the story of somehow everything from the origin of existence, the fight of survival to the point where the last cell will perish and thus concluding the end of the thing we call life.
- Can you describe your sound?
I think I found my style when I stopped to think what kind of music I wanna make and just treated every idea I have as a part of it. For example, sometimes it’s really melodic turning into something heavy then back to something beautiful and so on. It progresses through a lot of emotions. The tools I use are djenty, proggy, shreddy and jazzy I guess? But don’t listen to me – I am just a fool.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
I just discovered Poh Hock on Spotify. Instrumental progressive music that tingles your brain. Amazing piece of art – listen to it!
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Making music is basically the only thing that keeps me sane. Life just feels the best while I am doing that. This is not my first attempt but definitely the first time it feels like the music I am writing is really me. Also, the way you can interact with other musicians is just beautiful on its own. Can’t imagine a kind of “work” that feels better.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Well “The Last Cell” is basically my (Jean-Marc Perc) solo project. So, I compose and
produce everything (except the bass is played by Lukas Florian). The writing process of
every song until now was a little different but it usually always starts with an idea stuck in my mind. For gigs I have my live band which consists of Lukas Florian (Bass) and Robin Weber playing the drums. Kind of like the setup of Intervals have going on.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Jakub Zytecki – Wishful Lotus Proof – that’s my favorite right now – but that changes all couple of months because I tend to listen to one album excessively and then suddenly switch to something else.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Hell yeah! Intervals, Vitalism, Plini, Animals as Leaders, Jakub Zytecki, David Maxim Micic – I would also love to jam with them and just absorb as much as possible.
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
I think it definitely has its benefits from a business point of view. You can focus on every song more individually. That way you have a higher reach comparing to let’s say 5-12 songs in one go. But from the perspective of the artist its really cool to have the opportunity to create a little universe and connect more songs through a concept. It gives you the possibility to tell a rich story.
A Teaser from Continental Drift