Traditionally, most rock bands are dominated by guitars. Not so the case with IN LEGEND, where the mother of all instruments is the “key” component: The piano. With an inherent feeling for melodies, the ivories are hammered by Bastian Emig to a yet unexplored extreme. In the process he has come to understand the unique, symbiotic union of the percussive and melodic instrument in order to create rousing and sweeping songs.
IN LEGEND is the essence of an artistic process that has been pulsating in the heart and maturing in the soul of Bastian during the last ten years. Piece by piece it has been forged into the distinctive sound which now characterises it: The perfect blend of hard, soft, and uncompromising passion, evoked by an own playing style comprised of smooth, carrying riffs in the left hand and flowing melodies in the right.
Influenced by the rhythmical atmosphere of Burkina Faso on the African continent where he spent his early childhood and learned to play both the djembe and the drums, Bastian has developed into one of the finest drummers in the German rock scene which gave him the opportunity to tour across Europe, Russia and China. The drums, however, should not be the only instrument for him: In his early youth Bastian started to teach himself by ear how to play the piano, and already composed many songs at an early age without being able to read sheet music.
For him, rock 'n' roll mostly lives through its live experience. Feeling the fans and the atmosphere, and absorbing this certain mood in himself – that’s what Bastian internalised during his tours. In Daniel Wicke (bass), Dennis Otto (drums) and keytarist/pianist Daniel Schmidle (who joined the band in 2011), he has found three worthy band mates who skillfully support him with turning his musical vision to reality.
With their debut EP Pandemonium, which was released in early 2010, IN LEGEND burst into the rock and metal scene. The first studio album Ballads 'n' Bullets was finally released in May 2011. Right now IN LEGEND have just finished the recordings for their follow-up album Stones At Goliath, wherewith the guys – equipped with a further developed sound, an even broader instrumentation and high-profile guest musicians – plan to take their career to a new level.