interview with Mazikeen

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Have any of you played in other bands? Nothing worth a mention from the past for me but Im am currently working with the vocalist of Syrian Black Metal band Ezkhaton and writing all music for a song that I am very exited about. There are plans also for a film clip. All the other guys are/have been in many other bands. Chris Meyer is Aberration Nexus , Josh Young has Astral Winter and Arta Vetosus , Nathan Collins Does Vocals for Somnium Nox Ian Mclean is The Maledict and Daniel Tucceri is involved in many projects in Melbourne including the Melbourne Drone Orchestra.  
How is it that you started playing music? I have always had a love for music and can remember hiding behind the couch since 4 years old listening to records. I could play recorder better than most in class in primary school. I got piano lessons at a young age as well as all my sisters who were much better than me. I payed Sax in Secondary school but that was a bit of a joke. There was a Acoustic guitar in the house from when i was very young and I always knew i was going to play guitar but i am left handed and was trying to play it upside-down for a few years until around 14 when i got my first Electric and decided to learn to play a right handed guitar. my mother sent me to guitar lessons and it was on from then. 
Did you make music even when you were young? Yes
Where are you from? I grew up in Ballarat Australia. I currently Live in a very remote part of Far Western NSW.
What year did the band form?  I started writing material for the project in 2013. 
What's your style of genre? Blackened Death Metal would be the best way to describe the Genre in my opinion
What inspires you? The Drive to be something more than a Sheep. To do something that i can point at when i am old and fucked and tell my grand kids  this is what i did to make my mark \m/    
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? I have a small business in Construction. 
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? If there was a calling for shows in a particular place and travel and accommodation was paid we would be there.  
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? - Yes, We are currently looking for a label to release the first recording.  
What made you decide to make this music?  It was always going to happen. I should have done it earlier but better late than never \m/
What are your songs about? All different things.  
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? All the Guitar riffs are written first. All Lyrics last.
Do you compose in a certain environment? It tends to come in waves.  When its there I have to get it down becaue once its gone its gone for good.  
What language do you sing in? All Mazikeen is in English. The Ezkhaton song is being done in Arabic
Where can people buy your merchandise? We have a Band Camp account that at the moment i try to keep all digital music free although there has been a surge in downloads and apparently we are out of free download credits. We are hoping a label picks up the EP for release as a CD but we also have T shirts ready to print but not yet available. 
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I don't care I just want people to hear my music. If the efforts I went to had anything  to do with making money I would be doing some kind of Bon Jovi project that came with a bunch of Endorsements in a sellout genre that offered more money than Blackened death metal. 
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? If it wasn't for the internet my music would not be available. I would still be playing guitar but it would be to 3 dogs on the edge of a river in outback Australia into the abyss for no one else to hear.  
What do you think of my work? Awesome \m/ 
Do you have any role models or idols? I have too many favourite bands but in the extreme Metal Scene the first one that really stood out was Deicide. Id heard a number of other extreme metal bands prior to hearing them but when their first album came out it really blew my mind. At that time and for a few years after there was Black Metal around that I didn't mind  but had a preference to death until Dissection released an album.   
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Definitely easier for me to find inspiration from old bands. Because it is what I grew up and because of New Genres  were bands are expected to fit into a narrow band of Sub Genre.  There are a lot of new bands that are amazing musicians but seem to limit themselves with Sub Genres.  
What have been your biggest obstacles? My biggest obstacle is Living a long way from any citys.  Finding people locally that are willing and capable to get on the project is virtually impossible. 
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Never give up
Do you have any new material? Yes I have another full album scratched out and ready to demo.  Also The song with Ezkhaton just needs vocals done but we have a heap of Footage to edit for a film clip also.  This will be based in and around the Syrian conflict.  
What are your web sites? MaziKeen
How can people reach you? Though the Mazikeen Facebook account is the best way. 
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