interview with Tinörks

What´s the name of your band? Tinörks
How was the band formed? I met Shizuku Kawahara when both were at university. We have make and play music since it. Other side I got contact from Yusuke Shimono as guitarist 2 years ago and we got along famously in thinking of way of music.
Can you tell about your band? Unawares spread landscape when somewhere nostalgic relax places Music to travel to such a landscape Ireland and Native American flute,The glockenspiel of pastel colors,  Lap harp of the world tree, keyboard harmonica.
A lot of instruments and  pleasant moment everyday changes in just a little bit fancy
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? All members are from Osaka city of the capital of humor and takoyaki in Japan. Takoyaki is traditional food.
Tinörks are Shizuku Kawahara on flutes, metallophone, melodion, vocal, lap harp and more Yusuke Shimono on  guitar, electronics Hosei Tatemizu on keyboards, electronics, programming
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? It’s live in the Nordic and listen our landscape music to people there.
Where was your first gig? The first important gig that a space design guitarist joined us had in  Swedish cafe Fågel Blå in Osaka.
Where was the latest gig? It’s KINSE RYOKAN that is Japanese old style hotel since Edo period. There is unusual location.
Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? All songs are written by Hosei Tatemizu as a leader, keyboard player and programer.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? It’s just me. It's a important straight man in aLL jokes in gig master of ceremonies.  Because other member is so funny man and woman.>What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? 
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Our band has ever coverd other musicians a few songs. For example, the movie by Hayao Miyazaki "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEeP2M8TCIY
“green grass of tunnel” written by mum https://soundcloud.com/namimum/green-grass-of-togn-rks
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Tinörks ever released six CDs included EP. The first is the acoustic album of almost only flute and piano and the last is the floating electronica album.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? 
Yes. We have many relaxing gig movies of us and special sessions on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/user/timetimelessnotime
At what age did you start playing? I started playing classic piano around the time of the third grade elementary school. But I stopped it after 1 year.
What year was the band started? It’s 2007.
Best/worst gig you've played? The Best interesting gig was in planetarium in 16th Nov. 2014. It’s organized by star cafe SPICA master and dancing many stars and constellations in the hall.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? We maybe play in a theater before summer. Now we have met theatrical member.
Where have you played from then till now? We have ever played in Japanese temple, cafe, live house, factory, CD shop, old Japanese style hotel, outdoor musical festival, housing exhibition, kagura hall, and department store.
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? In the particular case of indies musicians, it’s the band “marcoheibei” which one of  the member “Yusuke" of Tinörks joins. It’s the post ethnic orchestra formed by Sitar, Tabla, Uplight Bass, Theremin and Guitar. Their sound is very strange and amazing groove!
marcoheibei Live at Shanti vol.1 / Aug. 3. 2013  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZpQ8rDAbyU
Is it always the same songs live?  Yes. The famous songs of us are “Fullerene” and “Homing”.
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Yes. Because we released a new album “ODOMYUNICA” in Nov. 2014 we had a gig tour around Nagoya, Tokyo, Saitama, Kyoto and Osaka city since the beginning of this year.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Playing in a theater before summer.  And then we maybe play in foreign countries. For example Asia or Europe... It’s just our dream.
Where do you usually play? We don’t have specified places for gigs. They are usually decided unexpectedly by fate.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? When my improvisation was fantastic sound or  we had a special collaboration with other musicians in only that gig.
What are your goals with your music? My goals give many relaxing landscapes to more people through my music.  And meeting more people and more musicians, continuing to express my music so as to draw a picture.
What are your sources of inspiration? It seemed it’s something other than music, picture architecture book and so on.
What's the first step when making a new song? I make my mind stillness and then image a place I want to trip and float in fantasy world.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums?  It's a good efficiency way. 
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? efterklang, amiina, mum, Ólafur Arnalds, tape, YMO, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shugo Tokumaru.
What do you hold most dear? The difference between other and background behind the music
What would be your greatest fears for the future? That might increase the war in the world. Many good music maybe become less.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Becoming anxious that I can believe in myself whether or not.
Have you been part of any other projects? 
Yes. I joined in some projects. One of them is yugi’s ambient music. He is Japanese monk and also crystal bowl player. I played deep sea piano and synthesizer  in his album “ROKUDAI -The six elements-" and gigs.
水 -sui- (it’s means water in Japanese) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN72oyeWIQk
Then one of them is improvisation project as net label “undertow recordings”. I have joined the band “Impedense” since 2012. https://undertow.bandcamp.com/album/space-in-between
The last project is “foton” formed by Kenta Toguchi  who is Tenori-On and ukulele player and me. I played piano and synthesizer in follow live movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KedUPzxo9Y0
What would you do if there was no music? I maybe draw many picture like Vincent Willem van Gogh or Claude Monet.
How important are your fans? I am always sincerely grateful to our fans because support us whenever.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? It’s post some liner notes written by them of the songs on their twitter and blogs. It’s very interesting for me because it has a persuasive power than written by me.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? “Pinion” and “Fullerene[feat.Kenta Toguchi]” included new album “ODOMYUNICA"
Do you have any webpages?
official site http://www.tinorks.com/#!tinorks-official-site-english/c8qj
Patreon https://www.patreon.com/tinorks?ty=c
iTunes store https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/gyrocompass/id935998952
cdbaby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tinorks
photo https://www.flickr.com/photos/namimum/
Describe your show, visually and musically Audience can float landscapes they haven’t ever seen in each mind somewhere by our music with a lot instruments, flutes, melodion, lap harp, guitar, synthsizers and more. Unawares they are surrounded relaxing and warming and soft sounds. It’s just a landscape they want to see surely.
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? We’ll have a special gig organized by unless at artyard studio in 28th Feb. 2015. The gig title is “IGLOO” which means snow dome” in Inuit. In the hall decorated to a snow dome, we’ll enjoy playing soft electronica. Because the gig is not standard but more artistic and like almost installation in modern museum, it is worth you join.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence Almost floating landscape music
What is your favorite crappy instrument? Old toy piano made in France and small metallophone in German
Whats your Pre-show ritual? It’s jus sleep sleep sleep.

透明なコモレビ 北欧エレクトロニカ


interview with Dirty Sandwich

What´s the name of your band? Dirty Sandwich

How was the band formed? Jay and Sven are former co-workers at big music shop

Can you tell about your band? We share the same passion for music and electronic music gear

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? Switzerland, near Zürich

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We wanted to do live shows without using a computer on stage, so we got ourselfs some magic music machines from Sweden and started quite successful

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? It’s electronic music, influenced by House, Techno and other genres

Where was your first gig? Kiste Baden

Where was the latest gig? A small private party for friends

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? We do not have lyrics, but we improvise together and sometimes new songs come out of the middle of nowhere

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Mmmhhh.. well it depends on the situation, Sven and Jay are both fun lovin’ people

What's good/bad with the band? We can try out many genres and styles without having to fit in to something particular

Why did you pick that particular style? Cause it opens up a lot of space to create new sounds and grooves

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All original, mostly improvised

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? 1 EP on Spectra Recordz from Argentina

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

Yes, please see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HOLBfrbcbI 

How old are you?/What got you started in music?

Sven is born 1990, Jay is born 1981,

We both are driven to experience the freedom to create music, fo us and for audiences

At what age did you start playing? we both started with guitar in our early ages, Jay started with around 10yrs to play guitar, Sven at the age of 8

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage?

Jay: 16yrs

Sven: 15yrs

What year was the band started? 2012

Best/worst gig you've played?

There are no bad gigs, only experiences.

But I think our best gig was at Kiste Baden

What places will you be playing in the imidate future? A local Radio Show at www.Lora.ch

Which band is the best you´ve seen? For Jay it’s still “Der Dritte Raum” at rohstofflager zürich

Is it always the same songs live? No, that’s part of our concept to create each gig different

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? The first one.. at Kiste Baden

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Not til now

How big crowds do you usually play for? From 100-500

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Setting up our new studio, creating music, sounds and samples as much as possible

Where do you usually play? At clubs

How do you get psyched up for a gig? We drink a beer or two, smoke some cigarettes and try to be as positive as possible

What are your goals with your music? To entertain, and live our musical freedom

When did you decide to go all in for the music? When our last jobs became boring.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Puh.. i think you can’t be innovative when you don’t know about the roots or past of our music history

What are your sources of inspiration? Nature, DJ Mixsets, Clubnights, spontaneous jam sessions

What's the first step when making a new song? Come up with an idea.. no matter what it is

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Well.. the industry missed that point in the early days.. now it’s too late to stop people from downloading.For us it’s more important that we can reach to our fans, we do not care about the media which is used for that

What would be your dreams for the band? Become a well known act in the worldwide electronic music scene

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Metal, Jazz, Classic, Ambient.. to many artist to mention

What do you hold most dear? Our friends and family, and music of course

What would be your greatest fears for the future? That everything sounds like a joke… like the actual chart-hits from the last few years.. to us, this kind of music is just a product..not really “made”

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? That someone plugs out the power cord

What songs and what years were they released? Dirty Sandwich – Bite Me E.P. on Spectra Recordz

Have you been part of any other projects? Yes, Jay is leading member of Shine2Rise and he is also DJ and Producer under his moniker “Jay Phonic”

Have you been in any other bands? Yes, but these were back in our teenage years, and we were bad musician back then

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Jay and Sven both work at distributors for music equipment

What would you do if there was no music? Become an hunter in Canada

How important are your fans? Without them, there would be less fun and we are happy about each fan

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Someone has taken pictures and short videoclips the whole evening, then he lost his camera, so he came to the next gig and did the same again

How often do you rehearse? Once or twice a week, right before gig even more

Where do you rehearse? In our studio

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Bite Me and You are your own maze

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Toto.. they are fu*Ӎ genius

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? The love and passion for music..

Do you have any webpages?

https://soundcloud.com/dirty-sandwich

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dirty-Sandwich-electronic-liveact/473340106107715

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Never loose to have fun while making music! Never judge beginners..cause we all were beginners at one point in our career

Describe your show, visually and musically Flashing lights, many blinking buttons, hundreds of knobs to twist, deep sub-frequencies and beautiful melodies.

Something to dance, something to watch and something to get lost in

How do you view the music industry of today? Well.. there is a trend these days, that music will be reached from the fans and listeners directly from the artists themselfes. But sadly, the best music which I came across never runs on radio. You may ask why? Because there are some people in this world who still see music as a product, not as an artform.

What advice would you like to give other bands? Never stop rehearsing, never stop dreaming, never stop being playful like kids on instruments

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? To get enough reputation as a band/DJ/producer to get out of the beginners-level

What is best/worst with playing the clubs?

Best; the atmosphere

Worst; catering.. well just sometimes

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? We play at a local radio, together with two other liveacts, all playing with hardware gear, maybe we do a big jam session in the end where we connect all of our machines together

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Melodic, groovy Techno with the special something that you want to listen to over and over again

What is your favorite crappy instrument? Claptrap Synthesizer from old 1980’s, it’s just there for handclap sounds.. and they even sound as shit as hell

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? When we decided what kind of gear we should buy next

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Having a beer, kissing our girlfriends, having a last cigarette and off we go

Do you have anything to add? Thanks for the interview, you are all great!


Dirty Sandwich - Live@Klubi Zürich


interview with ICHOR

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
Eric - vocals
Daniel- Guitar
Jo - Guitar
Dirk - Drums
Norb - Bass
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We just wanted to make play fast death metal without compromise. Soon we discovered that it works best for us if we write brutal, fast yet melodic death metal
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? ICHOR is brutal death metal from the depths of the sea. we try to work influences of the deep and dark sea and it's myterious
and dangerous creatures and work them into cataclysmic death metal.
Where was the latest gig?
The last two gigs were the Tel Aviv Deathfest and the Molfest in 
heerhugowaard.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? we generally write the songs together. someone has a riff or an ideo for a meldie and we just jam on it and see where it takes us. sometimes somebody writes a song at home brings it to rehearsal and we just take it, if it's good of course. but most of the songs are writen as a collective at rehearsals. lyrics are written entirely by eric, the singer.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? I'd say that everyone has a great sense of humour and we laugh a lot when we're at rehearsals or on tour (except when norb the bassist tells a joke, then, usually, nobody laughs)
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? i guess you could describe it as death metal. just death metal.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? it just came to us. we want to do what feels good and natural with us and somehow we ended up playing the music that we play right now. the latest album 'Depths' is a conceptalbum. it tells the story of the world after the impact of a comet, the following destruction and the splitting of society and New civiliations arise in from the dark depths of the sea. it was different to work on a whole album as a whole, a continuing story.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? we only play our own material on our shows. we didn't think about playing a cover song yet, maybe in the future. we'll see.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
Ichor has released three albums
The siege in 2008
Benthic horizon in 2010
and Depths in 2014
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, last year we shot a video with our bros from ambitious.films for   the song RA'IROA  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z49EiFtkcng
then there are further two clips from DEPTHS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFf9o21JmHY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wruV45fgFcw
and we have some older clips from the albums before
At what age did you start playing? We're all around 30 years of age. We all started making music at an   early age. the usual way, starting with classical guitar, needing something heavier after a while and eventually ending up disturbing the neighbors with loud distorted e-guitar-noises.
What year was the band started? ICHOR started in the year 2008.
Where have you played from then till now? We have played almost every country in europe except skandinavia and some easterneuropean countries. we played a lot in the netherlands, belgium, switzerland. the people there are crazy. last year we played the tel aviv deathfest in israel.
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? One of the best livebands is Behemoth from Poland. They're always   tight as fuck and they have amazing light shows. Very atmospheric but brutal nonetheless.
Is it always the same songs live? We try to mix up our playlist from time to time. of course we want to play songs from all the three albums. depending on the playtime we get we change the setlist, kick one or two song or play more songs. it depends on the gig.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? playing the toxoplasmose-festival in switzerland was pretty sick. crazy crowd, great organisation and delicious food.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We started writing our 4th album and we hope that we can release it sometime in 2016. until then we planned to play a few festivals in europe or go on a tour promoting DEPTHS
What are your sources of inspiration? I would say that our main influences are polish death metal bands   like behemoth, hate or decapitated and some old school american death metal like cannibal corpse, suffocation and morbid angel. everyone in ichor has kind of a unique taste in music, not only metal but throughout all kinds of genres and everyone brings new ideas to rehearsals. but we don't see music as our only source of inspiration. 
the deep sea for example has a huge impact on our work, the secrets that lure deep down in the unknown,it's cataclysmic force which destroys everything in it's way
What do you fear most then? Well it always sucks if something beyond your control goes horribly wrong. technical problems, trafficjams on the way to the venue and stuff like that.
Have you been part of any other projects? yes. there's a grindcoreband called massacre the waste land which features ichor-members. eric and norb collaborated with stellar master elite on their forthcoming album.
What would you do if there was no music? Probably hanging around somewhere drinking.
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? It's all about passion. As long as your heart and soul burns for it, it doesn't matter if you earn money through music. Seeing your ideas come to live and being able to share it with people like yourself is reward enough.
Do you have any webpages?We have a facebookpage and an 'old-school' webpage www.depthsofhorror.com

ICHOR - The Heretic King (Official Lyric Video)


interview with T-Zank

What´s the name of your band? T-Zank

How was the band formed? I started rapping for fun when I was starting college, freestyling with friends and such...Always enjoyed hip hop growing up, so it just occurred to me during these freestyle sessions that I could create some unique stuff and really make an impact in the industry.

Can you tell about your band? I am a positive lyrical hip hop artist with a variety of flows and instrumental selection.  Everything I make has a defined purpose that is often driven by social consciousness.  The ultimate goal of my music is to inspire mass amounts of people to achieve their utmost passions and see through to everything that life has to offer for them.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? I am from Indiana and write everything myself.  My main partner, CEO of Successful Musik (our company) is Dave Sentongo.  He also specializes in making beats and is my on stage DJ.  2TurntTone is my on stage hype man.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? I wanted to create music that would be distinct from all other forms of hip hop and push a positive message that everyone could relate to and be inspired by.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Its uplifting, typically fast (Tech N9ne, MGK Midwest style) and driven by a socially conscious purpose.

Where was your first gig? My first gig was at an underground house party in Fort Wayne, IN 

Where was the latest gig? My latest gig actually in Fort Wayne as well at a venue called Skeletunes, but I perform all over the country.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I write all of the songs & lyrics.  I work with a number of producers, but Dave Sentongo produces a main portion of my instrumentals...I have been playing guitar my whole life and play piano as well, so I make some of my own backing music as well.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? I am in the hip hop lane, but to be specific I would describe my genre as underground, lyrical and chopper.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? My songs have a wide variety of topics. my personal experiences/struggle and how they have shaped who I am, living for your passions at all costs, economic and social problems with the society I live in...I am also into deeper spirituality and investigating the purpose of why we are on this Earth and how we are all connected as humans, so I like to touch on topics like this as well.  My latest album "Evolve" is about ascending your struggles and using them to fuel your growth as a human being.  My upcoming release, Authority of the Soul (Drops on Feb 26 for free download, amazon/t-zank.com) is about defining who you are at all costs and going with the flow to allow your life to fall into the shape of the universe naturally.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Everything I do is my own material.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? I have released Fresh Air, Section Z, & Evolve.  Fresh Air and Evolve are available on ITunes and Section Z is available for free download, just search it on google to find it.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? I have numerous music videos on YouTube as well as performance footage, interviews etc. 

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am 23 years old.  I have been playing guitar for most of my life so that has driven my connection to the music world since I was young.

At what age did you start playing? 11 years old.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? My first show was my junior year of high school when I was 16.  At the time I was in a pyschedellic rock band called "Event Horizon" with my friends and I sang vocals and also played rhythm/lead guitar.

What year was the band started? I became T-Zank in 2011.

Best/worst gig you've played? The best gig was Kokomo, IN at Centerstage...1500 fans that love my music!  it was hype...The worst was in Plymouth Indiana, not a single person showed up haha.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? We are planning our summer tour starting in June that will travel across the entire U.S.  

Where have you played from then till now? I've played everywhere, but mainly the Midwest , East Coast and South.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? I have always been a huge fan of Rage Against The Machine, there music is very conscious and socially rebellious...plus they have a crazy stage show!

Is it always the same songs live? I mix it up but also have my turnt hits like "Rise Above" and "Realism" that always make my set list.

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Kokomo, IN

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We did our first official tour last year and hit 20 cities from the Midwest to the East Coast and South.

How big crowds do you usually play for? Typically for crowds of 50-100, but it varies.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? About to drop this new album on Feb 26, then it will be time to plan our Summer Tour and I hope to make some moves into Canada and Europe toward the end of the year.  Ill be making new music throughout! I love trying to new sounds and expandning my horizons, so I am constantly creating new music vibes.

Where do you usually play? Midwest now, but touring everywhere

How do you get psyched up for a gig? I just feed off of the energy of the show and the people I travel with, Dj Dave and 2TurntTone.  We just relax and have a good time till its time to rock, then we go extremely hard for our fans and put on one hell of a show!

What are your goals with your music? I want to push it on a global level and change the way that people think on a universal scale.  It may sound crazy, but I literally strive to one day be known as one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time.  I feel that I can and won't stop until I am!

When did you decide to go all in for the music? I decided to go all in after I received extremely positive reactions from the people I was living with during college...When I saw my music being received like that and people were telling me that I could really do it, it triggered my drive and belief in myself beyond anything that I had experienced till that point.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I get inspiration all over the board, from classic rock all the way to new age hip hop being created today.

What are your sources of inspiration? I have always been driven by the creative abilities of Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison that forever changed the landscape of their genres...Rage Against The Machine has always been inspiring to me to make conscious music that the working class can relate too, plus I have always been inspired by their crazy on stage presence.

What's the first step when making a new song? Gotta have a solid instrumental with a lot of emotion to start off on the right foot!

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I always buy the music if it is for sale...Being an artist, I know how much time, money and effort goes into making a professional project so I always hope my fans will actually buy the albums...At the same time, I release free projects that people can download simply for exposure purposes...If its released for a price, I think you should buy it!

What would be your dreams for the band? To be a worldwide icon that people everywhere look up to and get inspired by.

What do you hold most dear? My family, friends and experiences in this life...These things inspire me to continue making strides in the music industry more than anything else....I also hold my medical struggle growing up very close to me because it was the hardest thing I have ever had to go through and it made me extremely strong having overcome serious issues like Chrons Disease.

What would be your greatest fears for the future?

I'm not afraid, just excited to continue...I believe in this with all of my heart and feel that I am undeniable !

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? All fear and anxiety is out the window when I walk out on the stage.  It always feels like that is where I am the most comfortable and where I am meant to be over everything else.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I currently work as an electrical engineer in Findlay, OH and also a sound engineer in our Successful Musik studios, but plan to dedicate my time fully to being a performing and recording artist when the tour starts in June.

What would you do if there was no music? I don't even know...Music has always been so key in developing who I am and what I represent...It would be a completely different world for me and the world in general without music.

How important are your fans? My fans are everything to me.  Being an inspirational hip hop artist, I find it extremely important to try to connect with every fan that reaches out to me about my music...I dedicate a large amount of time to making sure my fans are taken care of and know how much i appreciate them...Without my fans, I am nothing.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? I am really into the new albums from J. Cole and Joey Bada$$...they are refreshing and unique in a hip hop industry that is watered down by simplicity and similar-sounding mixes.

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? The best live band that I have seen is Rage Against The Machine.  Insanely turnt.

Do you have any webpages?

My official website is www.t-zank.com

my company website:  www.successfulmusik.com

www.facebook.com/realtzank

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Keep grinding for the sound that you love and never change who you are for anything or anyone!  

Describe your show, visually and musically My shows include me and 2TurntTone going as hard as we possibly can, running around the stage and engaging with the fans at every moment.  I leave the stage exhausted and covered from head to toe in sweat.  At my shows, you'll feel the passion of who I am and what I represent on a whole nother level...I live this music and you will be forced to get involved! Get ready to turn up...

How do you view the musicindurty of today? Specifically with hip hop, I feel that it is way to commercialized and talent and uniqueness have been placed on the back burner.  Thats another purpose of mine, to bring the focus back to artists with incredible skill and individuality instead.

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? Authority of the Soul Tour starts June 4th in the Midwest.  You should be there because my shows are so turnt that they change lives...When you feel the passion of what we do, you will realize how undeniable it is and how much we love what we do.  I guarantee you that you haven't witnessed a hip hop act like me ever before!

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Positive, socially conscious hip hop with a fast Midwest vibe.


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interview with Suicidal Furniture

What´s the name of your band? Suicidal Furniture

How was the band formed? I was formed when Avinoam (guitarist) and me (Alex, drummer) didnt have anyone to play with, and we decided that it was time to do some noise

Can you tell about your band? Suicidal Furniture is an instrumental duo (guitar and drums), we play post rock, mathrock, we try to make it very atmospheric and chaotic we have been playing since 2008

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?

Avinoam Sternheim guitar Israel

Alex (alejandra ) Levy drums Mexico

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We only wanted to play, didnt think about the future in that moment 

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Chaotic, Energetic, sensitive, danceable, dreamy

Where was your first gig? our first gig as suicidal furniture was at some competition called Gbob, we played an 8 minute song... we were too weird for the judges

Where was the latest gig? last week at a venue called Koro in Israel

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? we dont have lyrics, sometimes Avinoam comes to a rehearsal with an idea and we work on it, sometimes new songs start when we just "play" at the rehearsals

Who has the best since of humor in the band? I think we both have a very interesting humor, I think I  (alex) have a humour that no one understands 

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? we are not one gener, i think we are a mix of many things together at the same time 

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?

we have 2 albums "in love " http://lebanon1.bandcamp.com/album/suicidal-furniture-2

" tunnels" http://lebanon1.bandcamp.com/album/suicidal-furniture-tunnels

Do you have any clips on YouTube? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMVjlwk9hvA

How old are you?/What got you started in music? Im 31, I was a big fan of a mexican band called "Santa Sabina" , some how I eneded up playing drums

At what age did you start playing? I was 13 when I started

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? The first time I played infront of an audience was in Mexico I played at some x-mas show for the school where I learned music, I was 13 or 14

What year was the band started? 2008

Best/worst gig you've played? mmm there has been many best gigs.. depends on the energies we have on that same day, and how the audince reacts to our music

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? next friday, at a place called Levontin 7 in Israel, 

Where have you played from then till now? we have been blessed with almost one two or three gigs a week so far...

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? deerhoof!!! and many many israeli bands 

Is it always the same songs live? not always the same play list, we try to vary depending on the place we play at, and how we feel

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? the release of our album gigs, have been very emotional and fun gigs...also we are the creators of a duo female drummer festival called "duo sister drummer festival" those are also fun..

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? we were in Germany last summer, it ws very fun

How big crowds do you usually play for? not very big crowds, here in Israel, are mostly close friends who come to the gigs

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Hopefully more gigs, a new album and a tour somewhere interesting

Where do you usually play? at a rehearsal room very very very close to my house 

How do you get psyched up for a gig? deep breathing, stretching, warming up to get ready to play

What are your goals with your music? Well, I would like that I could earn a modest salary with my music, so I wouldnt have to work somewhere else

When did you decide to go all in for the music? music has saved my life so I think ever since then I have a big respect for what I do

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Both, Its always nice to see how experimental music started and what are people doing today

What are your sources of inspiration? could be anything, a feeling, a visual idea, something I hear while walking.. or a song in the radio

What's the first step when making a new song? playing it as much as I can so I wont forget it 

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Im ok with it, spread the music!!!

What would be your dreams for the band? I wish I could get to the point where my music pays the rent of my apt

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? almost anything, ska, punk, cumbia, whatever, everything is welcome 

What do you hold most dear? myself

What would be your greatest fears for the future? Im not sure, I think besides dying everything has a solution

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then?

there is no fear when im on stage

in love 2013

Tunnels 2014

Have you been part of any other projects?

yes, Im always glad to be involved in other projects,  I always learn from them 

Have you been in any other bands?

yes, spiff and Echobench (nx2)

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I work at a Juice and milkshake place, babysitting

What would you do if there was no music? films, animation, art

How important are your fans? Very important, we dont have many, but if there are some, we love them very much

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? some people had come crying thanking us fro our music, some people have made us paintings, and drawings.

How often do you rehearse? we try at least once a week

Where do you rehearse? in a rehearsing room, very very very close to my home 

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? I like "long" I like hello hell, and the new ones of course

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? wow, many... many many

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? I suppose never giving up

Do you have any webpages? no, only facebook

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? just play, and keep playing, and then  play some more

Describe your show, visually and musically mmm from my point of view is dark because I mostly play with my eyes closed

How do you view the musicindurty of today? here in Israel, seems to be very very difficult to be a musician

What advice would you like to give other bands? play play play

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? not getting along

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? its always fun to play at clubs 

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? 13.2 levontin 7, 19.2 Etzabots. 26 Shtrauss all of them in Israel

How would you describe your sound in one sentence passive agressive

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? there are some tought times, but we have overcome all the osbstacles and became stronger

Whats your Pre-show ritual? stretching, deep breathing, warm up

Do you have anything to add?sometimes music is more than just fun, it can take you to a very spiritual state


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interview with Jackson D

What´s the name of your band? Jackson D.

Equipment used? Fender Blues Deluxe (Custom) – Gibson ES335 (Custom) – Electro Voice RE 18 microphone (Live) – ATA 4047/sv condenser for studio – TC Hall of fame reverb – Boss DS2 distortion – Boo Vibrato – Logarhythm stomp box.

How was the band formed? As the front man of the Rock Gothic band ‘The Final Romance’ many songs I had written was of a different flavour.  I decided to produce them Solo with a percussionist behind me. Thus Jackson D.

Can you tell about your band? The sounds created I would consider to be that of a boutique sound.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? My percussionist Zachary Theodorou  is a local musician U.K. -  Jackson D. I cover Vox/Guitar and stomp box.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Ambitions of Jackson D. are to be original and professional with presence. I would consider these qualities to be very much missing from many so called pro and amateur artists.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Haha no I could not!!

Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? I, Jackson D. write all the songs and melodies along with the lyrics

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? I would consider the style choose me. My musical influences when growing up are probably not reflected in my style. Most my songs are about the reality of sadness.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Always my own material!

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? My first album will be released this year 2015 as promotional edition

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

Yep, only a Test release but here it is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIN3OhO_9Xc

At what age did you start playing? I first picked up a guitar at the age of 13…I think.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I was probably 17years old…gosh!

What year was the band started? My solo work started 2014….and I am pleased it is picking up momentum

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Suede (amazing band)

What are the plans for the rest of the year? I plan on taking my sound national around the UK. London is a target.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? Like most musicians? I change personality before a gig and whilst performing. I believe all gigs are theatrical and require a high degree of performance.

What are your goals with your music? My goals are to be professional and stay true to myself. You don’t have to be liked  to be  appreciated.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? I always new as a young kid my life would entail much music. I was right.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Difficult to answer. While not exclusive I do however find a higher performance level from the older bands.

What are your sources of inspiration? I think I get a buzz from the artists who go all out to perform and put on a show. Although I wouldn’t consider myself a metal fan I do appreciate some of those guys and gals performance levels. I know it is subjective but I think. Suede – The Smiths – Sisters of Mercy – Elvis Presley -  I also consider some Symphonic metal i.e. ‘Nightwish’ and ‘Within Temptation’ to hold my attention.

What's the first step when making a new song? Melody melody melody… I normally write two songs at the same time. The Chiaroscuro of the songs intermingle.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Mixed feelings. I do both, but enjoy buying albums most. Perhaps something is lost with downloads?

 What would be your dreams for the band? Basic dreams, I would like onlookers to considering what they are hearing and visualizing is of a very high standard. Like it or not.

Have you been part of any other projects? Yes I am the front man of the Rock/Gothic band ‘The Final Romance’ a great band for sure.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Music is my work, pleasure and fix. I am very lucky.

What would you do if there was no music? Actor

How important are your fans? Strange one this. While of course my fans are very important and I am very grateful that they support my music, I must confess I create for my own well being and thus with no fans I would still move forward.

How often do you rehearse? With my percussionist once a week. I probably rehearse every day, tweaking chords, lyrics, vocals and performance ideas.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? ‘Bewitched by you’ and ‘Italian Vogue’

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Probably ‘The Prodigy’  or ‘ Suede’ coming up tour. Both Awesome.

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? A true artist does not require a reason for the drive – It is just so.

Do you have any webpages? https://www.facebook.com/jacksondsolo

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Be yourself and NEVER say ‘That will do’ if you have talent your downfall will be your mind.

Describe your show, visually and musically It would appear that I naturally have a lot of presence on a stage and create an edgy atmosphere. My performance keeps an audience interested.

How do you view the music industry of today? Not favorably – Too many mediocre bands, artists breaking through. The bar of expectation is very low I would consider.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? If you are original, and I mean ORIGINAL many places are fearful of giving you airtime or gigs. People in the music industry are usually conformists.

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Clubs are ok. Best would be an appreciative crowd the worst would be the club owner thinking they are doing you the performer  a favour.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Distinctive and memorable.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? I convince myself I am untouchable from any audience. Which I probably am.

Do you have anything to add? Yes, I would like to thank you for taking the time and interest in my sound. Power to you my friend(s).


Italian Vogue By Jackson D. - sample 2 edit


interview with FANGA

What´s the name of your band? Hillary Sargeant FANGA

How was the band formed? FANGA is basically myself working with an extension of various musicians.

Can you tell about your band? I can tell you about FANGA. FANGA music born…..2007

The word FANGA! Originates from the West African Mandingo lingo.

Literally it translates: Power! - It hits you to the core, in its multifaceted, powerful

meaning: everybody has his or her own FANGA! - To me it is resilient, not only

powerful, in essence the African rhythm in FANGA! inspires me with a spiritual

enlightenment which has become the matrix of my soul identity.

Where was your first gig? In Tel Aviv, Reading 3.

Where was the latest gig? Tel Aviv, Shablul Jazz Club

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I do

Who has the best sense of humor in the band? Me.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? I don’t belong to any genre or try to fit into any specific genre. Hence the reason I call my music FANGA music as it’s a mix of many genres.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? My songs are about what’s happening today in our society. A big part of it is also telling the

stories of my ancestry and touching base with my roots.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All my music is original

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yes, I’ve done a few singles and an EP. Still working on my album.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes /www.youtube.com/watch?v=olcoCz0Gvjs

How old are you?/What got you started in music? Age is something I do not discuss. My music says it all. I come from a world of musicians. My father, uncles and many others were/are all musicians

At what age did you start playing? I started at around 11.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I was 6 years old when I first stood on stage. However, it was a poetic performance. But withthe FANGA Band we officially began performing in 2009.

What year was the band started? 2008

Best/worst gig you've played? This is a tricky question because often the performances I think are the worst my audience think are the best. And those I think are the best might be the worst. So I always leave it up to my audience to make that call.

What places will you be playing in in the immediate future? I do have several performances booked in Tel Aviv and working now on performances for

Germany and Japan.

Which band is the best you´ve seen? For me every band has its magic and I don’t try to judge as that’s part of the FANGA law.

Is it always the same songs live? For the most part yes but I always try to include a few surprises in between ;)

What has been the best/most promising gig so far?My performance in Ra’anana Israel at the Opera House was one of my most memorable.

How big crowds do you usually play for? My most recent performance for Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday was for 4,000 people.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? CREATE! CREATE! CREATE! I would like to be more creative, and also perform in a few

International Festivals

How do you get psyched up for a gig? It’s imperative that I MUST have a massage the day before and REST. I spend the preceding

24hrs before any show in solitude and deep meditation all to hit that first note.

What are your goals with your music? For it to be legendary. My aim is to leave a legacy of good music so whenever it is played it is relevant and will be enjoyable. That’s why I have not pursued the commercial route of music. It’s not about it being relevant for NOW but for it to be long lasting.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? Since I know myself I’ve been into music. I eat and sleep music. But I would say my bigger decision was when I decided to commit myself to MY music – the FANGA music!

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? My inspiration is not external. My inspiration comes from meditating and dealing with my subconscious awareness. That doesn’t say I have not been influenced as there are some bands I loved both modern and past but where FANGA comes from is much deeper within.

What's the first step when making a new song? The first and foremost step for me always will be the content.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? You can’t fight technology. You learn to swim with the sharks.

What would be your dreams for the band? Like every other band, my dream is to play throughout the world in major performances.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I listen to everything – from Arabic to Indian music. You name it, I listen.

What do you hold most dear? My intuition first and foremost and the ability to share my wisdom with my loved ones –

family and friends and anyone who I’m fortunate to be in contact.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? FEAR- False Things Appearing Real. Therefore I don’t hold any fears.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? I fear most when I let go because then anything could materialize from this subliminal

existence.

Have you been in any other bands? Yes many. I’ve been a part of a Fusion Band, called the Common Bond where I wrote a few

songs with them and travelled through Eastern Europe. I was also a part of Hip Hop Band

called Asymetrix and Leonid Pathshka, a famous Russian Jazz pianist with whom I travelled

with throughout Russia. I even did an off-Broadway play in New York at one point.

What would you do if there was no music? I would most probably do poetry. It’s the closest art form to music and expressing oneself.

How important are your fans? VERY important. They are the VIPs of my world. Without them for whom shall I perform?

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? The most memorable was when a fan once gave me a diamond ring. And the funniest was when someone came to give me flowers in the middle of my stage performance.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Who I am – Back to Blackness and Butterflies

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their

music and to keep playing? Their passion and the willpower to succeed.

Do you have any webpages? Yes www.hillarysargeant.com

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Never Give Up.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Too many people with differing opinions.

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? The worst would be their lack of investment in a proper sound system. The best would be

those that have a good sound system ☺ The management is also very much a deciding factor

in a band’s experience.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence I can do it one word – FANGA! Sentence – The Power Within Me!

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Trying to get them to sit on 1 song for 20 mins to get it tight.

Do you have anything to add?

FANGA is a blend of several different genres in terms of sound, but the things that put them

all together is the powerful message behind each tune.

Through my experiences I learnt to view things from a different perspective as I encountered

different environments, situations, people and cultures. FANGA therefore is the result

of this melting pot of different ideas, taking shape into something absolutely unique and

wonderful.

Its purpose is to impact or empower listeners to a stratosphere to be more aware of their

purpose on this earth.

FANGA is more than music. Its messages can also be found in word by visiting our Blog at

https://hsfanga.wordpress.com/tag/hillary-sargeant/


Hillary Sargeant Fanga Live in Tel Aviv - Who do you think you are.flv


interview with Trinity Ward

What´s the name of your band?  Trinity Ward.

How was the band formed?  Me, myself and I got together one drunken night and decided to go  for it, we would make a band, enter the Eurovision song contest and then on to  stardom. This was a brilliant idea until the next morning when we sobered up and  realised we’re from New Zealand and not from Europe, so we couldn’t enter. Then  we found out that I was sleeping with me girlfriend, so we kicked him out of the  band. Typical drummer. Me and myself then fell out over creative differences, so  he went solo and that left just me with rights to the name.

What can you tell us about your band? I make scifitronica – electronic music with a science  fiction theme. Well, all electronic apart from the one metal track. I guess that  was the reverse of Metallica getting an orchestra.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the  band? I’m from Wellington in  New Zealand and compose all the music and create the artwork.

What was the ambition of the band when you started?  I wanted to reach as many people around the  world as I could that like aliens, sci-fi and music colliding.

How would you explain your music to someone that hasn't  heard it? It’s a blend of various genres of electronica; ambient, soundtrack,  synthpop, indietronica, even a metal track. Fans have variously described it as  a mix of Kraftwerk, New Order, Jean-Michel Jarre, Depeche Mode, Tangerine Dream  and Yello. All the albums are sonically different, so there’s something for  every taste.

Where was your first gig? I am a complete introvert so I don’t gig. Strawberry ice cream and  obsessing over the virtual gear in my home studio and what I can get out of it  is what makes me tick.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? 

I only create original music, a great fear of mine is to end up  like Michael Bolton.

Have you made any albums? If yes what are they? 

I have released four albums: Enter the Infinite (2010), Echoes from  Earth (2011), Soul Destroyer (2013) and Reactor (2014). My fifth is currently in  production.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? 

I have all the audio there http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTrinityWard 

I wish I could afford Industrial Light and Magic to do videos for  me, but the reality is I’d just have them make endless loops of Slave Leia or  force them to fix the three prequel Star Wars movies instead.

What got you started in music?  Seeing Depeche Mode’s “The World We Live in and Live in Hamburg”  concert film – all those lights, dials and sliders were intoxicating to my inner  geek. I just knew I had to have a synth and a sampler but I ended up collecting  far more than I ever anticipated: An Ensoniq VFX-SD, Yamaha SY77, an Emu Systems  Emax II that was borrowed once by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Evolution  EVS-I, Roland Super Jupiter, M1 and JX-8P, Sequential Circuits Prelude, a  Kurzweil K2000 and probably a few more. And then there were the drum machines,  effects units and the vocoder. I think I may have an addiction to shiny things.  Say, isn’t that your watch I’m wearing?

At what age did you start playing?  I started playing when I was 17.

What year was the band started? Trinity Ward started in 2006. I spent four years making hundreds of  mini tracks until I had enough quality material to put my first album out four  years later.

Which band is the best you’ve seen  live? REM. They did a live show under pouring rain in a soundshell. The  crowd embraced the rain and waded into a pond that separated the front of the  stage and the first row. The whole spectacle was surreal, the audience was  amped, the band was amped, the weather was amped, the amp was soggy. I read an  interview later where REM said it was one of the best live shows they ever  played.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? I’ve recorded 7 tracks and a bonus interlude for my new album. Now  I’ve got several months of mixing to do to get it sonically perfect compared  what I want it to sound like.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or  more modern ones? I’ve got a bit of a retro sound going so I think the early  electronic movement has been highly influential.

What are your sources of inspiration? I am a huge fan of sci-fi. From the Culture novels of the late Iain  M Banks to films like Bladerunner with the epic Vangelis soundtrack or the  futuristic soundscapes of Jean-Michel Jarre’s Oxygene and Equinoxe.

What's the first step when making a new song? It can be anything. A sound, a drum part a melody or an effect that  I really like the atmosphere of. From that the music builds itself. David  Gilmour of Pink Floyd said he used to just try a different chord or note after  the beginning of something he liked the sound of. He would keep trying until it  sounded great. I use the same approach. It takes hundreds of hours to get from  the spark to the flame.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of  buying albums? I give all my work away for free on my Bandcamp site www.trinityward.com with a  pay-what-you-want option for those that have enjoyed what I do and wish to help  support an indie artist. So for me, free is great. The more people that download  and listen to my stuff the better. Some will then pick it up on iTunes, Amazon,  Spotify or any of the digital outlets.

What would be your dream for the band?It was to get played on the radio, and thanks to Simon  Thomas from Sine FM (Doncaster, UK), Martin Turner from DCR Dover Community  Radio, Martin from the NBT Music Radio Station (Berlin), Patrick from  RelaxFreeRadio (New York) and Joey and Randy at Earbits Radio (Los Angeles),  that’s happened. Now I’d like to reach even more people because we aliens are  always greedy and want the whole Earth for ourselves.

What do you hold most dear? My nuclear pellet death gun. Everyone is always trying to take your  stuff. Even in space. I parked up next to the International Space Station one  night and next morning my wheels were gone. Cheeky shits.

What would be your greatest fears for the  future? That there will be a sudden and most surprising outbreak of peace  in the Middle East. Think of all those out of work news anchors and reporters?  What would they do for a living?

When you are on stage, what do you fear most? Being on stage is fear enough to make me never want to be on one.  Look at what happened when someone gave Hitler a microphone and a  stage.

Have you been part of any other projects? I’ve recently done a remix for Metroland, a wonderful synthpop duo  from Belgium who have opened for OMD, of a track for their new album Zeppelin.  We share a mutual respect for early German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk –  it was a much better idea to take the mic off Hitler and give it to them.

What would you do if there was no music? I would go on a Earth-wide orgy of destruction. It’s only the  soothing tones of Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears that  keeps me from actually doing it.

How important are your fans? Incredibly. Without fans there can be no art. Art cannot live in a  vacuum. I tried it. I spaced an MP3 of one of my songs out the airlock – I  didn’t hear a thing from it ever again. It’s the random donations from unlikely  places around the world, from people who love what you do, that makes making  music such a pleasure. At least I think they’re donating because they like it –  maybe they think they’re paying protection money so I don’t obliterate their  home town in the super-secret invasion scheduled for June? So a huge thank you  to everyone who has put back in to the arts and Trinity Ward in particular. Just  another $9,676,434,232,234.05 and I will have my very own Death Star!

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done  for you? Thrown a pair of Tom Jones undies onto the stage. No, that was a  nightmare I had. Thanks so much Tom. I need a mental shower now.

How often do you rehearse? This is a great question for musicians, not so much for  undertakers. I spend around 4 hours most nights of the week playing and  recording. I’ve done that since 2006 and I still haven’t managed to master the  intricacies of the triangle. It’s an unbelievably subtle instrument.

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and  renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Probably a crusty old roadie with a crappy old van of some type  that runs on the drummer’s after shave.

Do you have any  webpages? Yes, you can hear my music and download it for free from www.trinityward.com which is backed by  Bandcamp, and get updates on the invasion from https://www.facebook.com/TrinityWardMusic or if SoundCloud rows your boat http://soundcloud.com/trinity-ward

I run the Scifitronica group on SoundCloud and on rare occasions  tweet sci-fi tidbits using @Scifitronica.

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? You’ve got until June to make your hit record.

How do you view the music industry of today? It’s an exciting sea of noise to navigate and a great time to be an  indie band or artist with a whole world of people potentially within your reach  if you can only find a way to connect with enough of them.

What advice would you like to give other bands? More triangle. There are heaps of well-meaning people close to you who will tell  you to hang tough and stay positive. And good on your mum for that. But be hard  and fair with yourself. If that snare track is just a wee tad irritating, fix  it. People will notice. When you release something into the untamed wild that is  the internet it will soon let you know if the guitar solo you thought was like  Hendrix on LSD sounds more like a cat being strangled by an octopus.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Obscurity is your enemy. Make some noise and be heard. Just not the  octopus-cat noise.

What is your favorite crappy  instrument? The theremin. It’s just an electrified un-bent triangle that tries  too hard.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the  band? I once had an argument with myself as to whether Laa-Laa or Po was  the most musically gifted Teletubby. Punches were thrown.

Do  you have anything to add? Yes. A Casio FX82 solar powered calculator. You can’t beat a classic.

What´s the name of your band?  Trinity Ward.

How was the band formed?  Me, myself and I got together one drunken night and decided to go  for it, we would make a band, enter the Eurovision song contest and then on to  stardom. This was a brilliant idea until the next morning when we sobered up and  realised we’re from New Zealand and not from Europe, so we couldn’t enter. Then  we found out that I was sleeping with me girlfriend, so we kicked him out of the  band. Typical drummer. Me and myself then fell out over creative differences, so  he went solo and that left just me with rights to the name.

What can you tell us about your band? I make scifitronica – electronic music with a science  fiction theme. Well, all electronic apart from the one metal track. I guess that  was the reverse of Metallica getting an orchestra.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the  band? I’m from Wellington in  New Zealand and compose all the music and create the artwork.

What was the ambition of the band when you started?  I wanted to reach as many people around the  world as I could that like aliens, sci-fi and music colliding.

How would you explain your music to someone that hasn't  heard it? It’s a blend of various genres of electronica; ambient, soundtrack,  synthpop, indietronica, even a metal track. Fans have variously described it as  a mix of Kraftwerk, New Order, Jean-Michel Jarre, Depeche Mode, Tangerine Dream  and Yello. All the albums are sonically different, so there’s something for  every taste.

Where was your first gig? I am a complete introvert so I don’t gig. Strawberry ice cream and  obsessing over the virtual gear in my home studio and what I can get out of it  is what makes me tick.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? 

I only create original music, a great fear of mine is to end up  like Michael Bolton.

Have you made any albums? If yes what are they? 

I have released four albums: Enter the Infinite (2010), Echoes from  Earth (2011), Soul Destroyer (2013) and Reactor (2014). My fifth is currently in  production.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? 

I have all the audio there http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTrinityWard 

I wish I could afford Industrial Light and Magic to do videos for  me, but the reality is I’d just have them make endless loops of Slave Leia or  force them to fix the three prequel Star Wars movies instead.

What got you started in music?  Seeing Depeche Mode’s “The World We Live in and Live in Hamburg”  concert film – all those lights, dials and sliders were intoxicating to my inner  geek. I just knew I had to have a synth and a sampler but I ended up collecting  far more than I ever anticipated: An Ensoniq VFX-SD, Yamaha SY77, an Emu Systems  Emax II that was borrowed once by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, Evolution  EVS-I, Roland Super Jupiter, M1 and JX-8P, Sequential Circuits Prelude, a  Kurzweil K2000 and probably a few more. And then there were the drum machines,  effects units and the vocoder. I think I may have an addiction to shiny things.  Say, isn’t that your watch I’m wearing?

At what age did you start playing?  I started playing when I was 17.

What year was the band started? Trinity Ward started in 2006. I spent four years making hundreds of  mini tracks until I had enough quality material to put my first album out four  years later.

Which band is the best you’ve seen  live? REM. They did a live show under pouring rain in a soundshell. The  crowd embraced the rain and waded into a pond that separated the front of the  stage and the first row. The whole spectacle was surreal, the audience was  amped, the band was amped, the weather was amped, the amp was soggy. I read an  interview later where REM said it was one of the best live shows they ever  played.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? I’ve recorded 7 tracks and a bonus interlude for my new album. Now  I’ve got several months of mixing to do to get it sonically perfect compared  what I want it to sound like.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or  more modern ones? I’ve got a bit of a retro sound going so I think the early  electronic movement has been highly influential.

What are your sources of inspiration? I am a huge fan of sci-fi. From the Culture novels of the late Iain  M Banks to films like Bladerunner with the epic Vangelis soundtrack or the  futuristic soundscapes of Jean-Michel Jarre’s Oxygene and Equinoxe.

What's the first step when making a new song? It can be anything. A sound, a drum part a melody or an effect that  I really like the atmosphere of. From that the music builds itself. David  Gilmour of Pink Floyd said he used to just try a different chord or note after  the beginning of something he liked the sound of. He would keep trying until it  sounded great. I use the same approach. It takes hundreds of hours to get from  the spark to the flame.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of  buying albums? I give all my work away for free on my Bandcamp site www.trinityward.com with a  pay-what-you-want option for those that have enjoyed what I do and wish to help  support an indie artist. So for me, free is great. The more people that download  and listen to my stuff the better. Some will then pick it up on iTunes, Amazon,  Spotify or any of the digital outlets.

What would be your dream for the band?It was to get played on the radio, and thanks to Simon  Thomas from Sine FM (Doncaster, UK), Martin Turner from DCR Dover Community  Radio, Martin from the NBT Music Radio Station (Berlin), Patrick from  RelaxFreeRadio (New York) and Joey and Randy at Earbits Radio (Los Angeles),  that’s happened. Now I’d like to reach even more people because we aliens are  always greedy and want the whole Earth for ourselves.

What do you hold most dear? My nuclear pellet death gun. Everyone is always trying to take your  stuff. Even in space. I parked up next to the International Space Station one  night and next morning my wheels were gone. Cheeky shits.

What would be your greatest fears for the  future? That there will be a sudden and most surprising outbreak of peace  in the Middle East. Think of all those out of work news anchors and reporters?  What would they do for a living?

When you are on stage, what do you fear most? Being on stage is fear enough to make me never want to be on one.  Look at what happened when someone gave Hitler a microphone and a  stage.

Have you been part of any other projects? I’ve recently done a remix for Metroland, a wonderful synthpop duo  from Belgium who have opened for OMD, of a track for their new album Zeppelin.  We share a mutual respect for early German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk –  it was a much better idea to take the mic off Hitler and give it to them.

What would you do if there was no music? I would go on a Earth-wide orgy of destruction. It’s only the  soothing tones of Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears that  keeps me from actually doing it.

How important are your fans? Incredibly. Without fans there can be no art. Art cannot live in a  vacuum. I tried it. I spaced an MP3 of one of my songs out the airlock – I  didn’t hear a thing from it ever again. It’s the random donations from unlikely  places around the world, from people who love what you do, that makes making  music such a pleasure. At least I think they’re donating because they like it –  maybe they think they’re paying protection money so I don’t obliterate their  home town in the super-secret invasion scheduled for June? So a huge thank you  to everyone who has put back in to the arts and Trinity Ward in particular. Just  another $9,676,434,232,234.05 and I will have my very own Death Star!

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done  for you? Thrown a pair of Tom Jones undies onto the stage. No, that was a  nightmare I had. Thanks so much Tom. I need a mental shower now.

How often do you rehearse? This is a great question for musicians, not so much for  undertakers. I spend around 4 hours most nights of the week playing and  recording. I’ve done that since 2006 and I still haven’t managed to master the  intricacies of the triangle. It’s an unbelievably subtle instrument.

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and  renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Probably a crusty old roadie with a crappy old van of some type  that runs on the drummer’s after shave.

Do you have any  webpages? Yes, you can hear my music and download it for free from www.trinityward.com which is backed by  Bandcamp, and get updates on the invasion from https://www.facebook.com/TrinityWardMusic or if SoundCloud rows your boat http://soundcloud.com/trinity-ward

I run the Scifitronica group on SoundCloud and on rare occasions  tweet sci-fi tidbits using @Scifitronica.

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? You’ve got until June to make your hit record.

How do you view the music industry of today? It’s an exciting sea of noise to navigate and a great time to be an  indie band or artist with a whole world of people potentially within your reach  if you can only find a way to connect with enough of them.

What advice would you like to give other bands? More triangle. There are heaps of well-meaning people close to you who will tell  you to hang tough and stay positive. And good on your mum for that. But be hard  and fair with yourself. If that snare track is just a wee tad irritating, fix  it. People will notice. When you release something into the untamed wild that is  the internet it will soon let you know if the guitar solo you thought was like  Hendrix on LSD sounds more like a cat being strangled by an octopus.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Obscurity is your enemy. Make some noise and be heard. Just not the  octopus-cat noise.

What is your favorite crappy  instrument? The theremin. It’s just an electrified un-bent triangle that tries  too hard.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the  band? I once had an argument with myself as to whether Laa-Laa or Po was  the most musically gifted Teletubby. Punches were thrown.

Do  you have anything to add? Yes. A Casio FX82 solar powered calculator. You can’t beat a classic.


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