Obselite (Industrial Metal) - Michigan

ObsElite is the name we came up with one day when we were brain storming ideas on something that sounding futuristic or cyberpunk. Being a big fear factory fan I (justin) said Obsolete, named after their album, and kiel was like "how about ObsELITE" and then we agreed upon it. All of the concepts are loosley based on futuristic dystopian concepts that are engrained within all sorts of sci fi media. Our most prodominant influences come from concepts that are depicted within movies, animated series, and video games such as Bladerunner, The star trek series, Ghost in the shell, pyscho pass, xenosaga, and final fantasy. When people listen to ObsElite we want to give them that feeling that they are in an underground night club in the year 2077, with alot of neon lighting and gritty visuals.

Industrial metal has been around for quite a while now but i think what makes us stand out is our approach. we combined different elements of Groove, Death metal, goth/industrial, and synthwave, making a unique combination that has never really been done in such a way. also with our cyberpunk/techwear visual representation i think it makes us stand out in a way that hasn't been replicated before. Everyone in the band all listen to different kinds of music. i think the artists we kept in mind while producing this album were bands like Ministry, 3teeth, Death, KMFDM, Celldweller, and Rammstein.

we hope to appeal to all different kinds of people, whether its in the metal scene, goth/industrial scene, and maybe even in the electronic scene. whether its the music they like or the visual representation of our outfits and aesthetic, we hope to capture to minds and hearts of everyone who is willing to give us a listen!

-Interview- (4/7/22)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "Obselite" and is there any meaning behind it?

Justin (me), Ryan, and Kiel, have all been involved in the music industry in one way or another, individually. Justin was in a touring Thrash Metal band called Euphoria for five years. Ryan and Kiel have both been in bands, and made electronic music/DJ. Justin also works stage hand for metal festivals 70k tons of Metal and does various jobs for Full Terror Assault. As far as the name goes, we were running through a bunch of ideas of names that were sci fi or cyberpunk related. One day we were talking about Fear Factory's album "Obsolete", and Kiel was like "how about ObsELITE? and we all looked at each other and were like "yeah thats the one".

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

We make Cyberpunk themed Industrial Metal. We want people to listen to our music and feel like they are in an underground nightclub in the year 2077 in a world ruled by high tech megacorporations. hahaha!

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

The way I describe our music to people is that we are like Fear factory, Ministry, Static X, mixed in with KMFDM, and hints of Death and Thrash Metal.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

3teeth, Ministry, and Combichrist.

5. How has Covid affected what you do as a band?

So my old band (Justin) Euphoria, we broke up not too long after our first European tour and and a little after our second full length album dropped, which was right before Covid happened. I was pretty devastated because we were really starting to gain quite the following, especially overseas. So I honestly wanted to start making Industrial music more so than doing Thrash Metal and so I expressed that to my close friends (Ryan and Kiel) and we all just jumped in on this project and made something great come out of it.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Industrial Metal?

I feel like in a way it's starting to come back. A lot of bands are starting to add Industrial elements to their music whether it's Industrial metal or Industrial Electro Pop. There's a few groups that do Industrial Electro Punk. It's pretty cool. It's a genre that with using electronics can open a lot of unopened doors in terms of creating a new sound or exploring different ways of how to do things. I think ObsElite is doing Industrial Metal in a unique way that can be branded as our own style. Our new debut album has been out for two months, along with our video, and its been highly praised by reviewers and people that enjoy what we do. I'm excited to see what comes of it in the near future.

7. What’s the current music scene like locally there in Michigan?

There's a serious lack of Industrial music in Detroit. We have Goth clubs but not so much as a live Industrial scene. As far as Metal and Electronic music go, there's no shortage of great artists. I've been in the Metal scene for 12 years now and it's flourishing really well with bands like Perversion, Manic Outburst, SNAFU, Black Dahlia Murder, Battlecross, Nethergate, Carnis Immortalis, and many more.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

I think streaming services kinda scam everyone out of their money unless you are a top star. I guess that's the way it goes in the modern climate of the music industry and there isn't much anyone can do about it and THEY KNOW THAT. I don't agree with it but that's the way it is.

9. What’s next for Obselite?

We are doing more music videos this year inclduing a live one that will be shot during our debut show at a cyberpunk event I'm hosting in downtown Detroit. We should draw around 400+ people which will be great. We have a tour that's TBA for later this year. We are shopping around for a good label to back us. We hope to build a community around our music and visual representation that we put a lot of creativity into.

10. Any shoutouts?

Our sound engineer Adam Shepard, Kyle Wagner of Nethergate, Phillibus Sativa of Full Terror Assault. Shoutout to Don from Magoo's in Chicago. Our artist Brian Thuringer, KINGQUARTZ in Pittsburgh, and to all of our fans, friends, and supporters.