Since 1997, Elizabeth Elkins has been
the heartbeat of the raw and emotional band Alastor. As the only constant member in an ever-changing lineup, as singer, songwriter, guitarist, band manager and CEO, Elkins continues to reign as the queen of multi-tasking.
Her hard work and dedication to the project has finally paid off.
The Late Night Plays, Alastor's third CD, received glowing reviews in a slew of national publications, and Elkins won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (rock category). In addition to being the only unsigned band charting in the Top 20 list at The Album Network recently, Alastor has placed songs on MTV, the DVD release of the WB network drama "Roswell," the upcoming indie film Delivery Boy Chronicles, starring Shawn Mullins, and has several lucrative major-label offers pending.
As Alastor soldiers on to increasingly higher levels of success, Elkins' strategy includes performing at showcases such as this year's Atlantis. "I admit, when I went to Atlantis last year, I went with a very cynical outlook," says Elkins, an outspoken entertainment critic and activist. "I went to some of the panels and, believe it or not,
I actually learned something. Granted, you have to help yourself first."
With that advice in mind, Elkins offers five tips to up 'n' coming bands:
1. Take vocal, guitar, bass, drum, keyboard lessons -- anything you can afford, to become the best musician possible.
2. Get used to hearing "no," and use it as motivation.
3. Learn to keep your ego out of the way. Constructive criticism hurts until you realize it's usually good advice.
4. Network, network, network -- until it hurts.
5. Last, but not least, know when to say "fuck you" -- and when to keep your mouth shut.
Alastor plays the Cotton Club Sat., Aug. 2, at 10 p.m.
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