interview with Monjoie

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, each one of us played in other bands before

How is it that you started playing music? The desire to emulate our heroes

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? current members: Alessandro Brocchi: Vocals and guitars (51) / Valter Rosa: guitars and bouzuki (57) / Davide Baglietto: flutes, bagpipes, keyboards (42) / Alessandro Mazzitelli: keyboards, analog synths, bass (46) / Daniele Marini: piano (64),

Have you had other previous members? Yes, bass guitar players and drummers

Did you make music even when you were young? Yes

Where are you from? We come from Liguria, north west coast of Italy

What year did the band form?1999

What's your style of genre? It is a mixture among different styles as folk, electronics and alternative acoustic rock

What inspires you? 70’s progressive rock, 80’s alternative rock, ethnic music, middle age music and literature

How often and where do you reherse? We have a rehearsal room near where we live and we rehearse in the period before the concerts

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Before this concept album, it was me, Alessandro Brocchi

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? It depends, sometimes with the musical part, sometimes with the lyrics 

At home Have you done any covers live? Just a cover of an old Italian band named Delirium, a long time ago

What language do you sing in? Before I sang in Italian, but the whole new record is sung in English.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? What ages are most of your concert attendants? if you mean the audience, 35/55

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We use to promote the album just made and some songs of the previous albums

Do you have a regular place you play live often? the cloisters of Santa Caterina

Have you had to cancel a gig? Yes it happened

Where have you played live this year? as a monjoie, we did not play live cause we were working on the new album. We will start with the concerts next autumn.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We are still organizing the dates

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? Compact discs, digital music and live performances.

Where can people buy your merchandise? Through the record company Lizard Records, record stores, sending an email to monjoie.band@gmail.com, or our live performances.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? It's a step of the times

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Less and less records are sold and it becomes more and more necessary to play live and it could not be otherwise

What do you think of my work? Interesting even if it seems more like a survey than an interview

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I don’t know, It's not the purpose for which we did this interview

Do you have any role models or idols? All the great musicians and all the great writers, sometimes underrated

Why do you think that they exist? Cause we need them

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? From older bands

What have been your biggest obstacles? Living in small towns, far from significant realities for music, the musical genre not quite commercial and the various personal commitments of the members of the band

What advice would you give other bands or artists? To have a common purpose

Do you have any new material? This new album titled “and in thy heart inurn me”, coming out in June.

What are your web sites? We have no web sites

How can people reach you? On our Facebook homepage, www.facebook.com/monjoieband/

What are your plans for the future? Increase the number of concerts

Do you have something to add? Ciao e grazie

interview with ZAUM

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Have any of you played in other bands? Just prior to ZAUM I fronted a stoner/doom band called SHEVIL (named after a Melvins song) featuring 3 basses and a drummer.  I consider the Shevil LP "Kilts Of War" to be kind of a prequel to ZAUM.  The stuff can be heard at http://shevil.bandcamp.com.  I also play bass for MARS CREATION.  Mars is an eccentric solo Black Metal artist who has released over 100 albums since 1996, all very underground.  I occasionally play with him under the moniker Vvaghorn.  Normally on his albums he plays everything himself, but we have one song available to the public which I played bass on, and Mark Gaudet (of Eric's Trip) plays drums.  I recorded/mixed the track and shot a video for it and I encourage people to check it out here - "Arriv Of The Demon" - https://youtu.be/NnLqAU1UANQ
How is it that you started playing music? I started playing music at age 11 (1991) when I joined the junior high school concert band on drums.  Our instructor/conductor (Laura Huffaker) is a veteran jazz musician and she really crafted so much with regard to my musical ability.  The following year I joined the junior high school jazz band and we were actually so good we toured all throughout our region.  It was cool at a young age having that experience playing all of the time in front of 300-ish people, also dug getting to miss classes to get to gig for an entire day.  
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Kyle of ZAUM (37) - vocals, bass, synth, FX.
Chris of ZAUM (44) - drums, percussion.
Have you had other previous members? Negative.
Did you make music even when you were young? My first non-school based band was called The Glades which was formed in 1994.  Chris' first band was called Frostbite I believe which formed in or around 1988.
Where are you from? Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
What year did the band form? 2013
What's your style of genre? Old World Mantra Doom
What inspires you? Life.  There isn't enough time to even do a fraction of what I would love to in this amazing world we live in.  
How often and where do you rehearse? We rehearse here in Moncton, NB in my house.  We really only rehearse about a month prior to an upcoming tour, or when we are just about to head into the studio to record.  
How have you developed since you started with the music? I think we've added a lot of textural depth, especially with respect to organic instrumentation being introduced beyond just bass and drums.  
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? I'm a music fanatic, always searching for new bands and buying new records I have a feeling may be something I would like, I have a massive record collection.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We are with DOOMSTAR BOOKINGS based out of The Netherlands, though we would be open to an American Booking Agency if one came along.  
What made you decide to make this music? Was just a natural progression for me musically.  I have a giant interest in old/traditional world based music from anywhere possible; ambient/soundscapes/drone; and doom/sludge metal, but I'm also a sucker for a catchy hook.  I suppose if you toss all that into one pot, this is what you get.
What are your songs about? Insight into the potential truths of this universe.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? I write all of the music and lyrics.  
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music.  In fact I only write lyrics and vocals after the album is entirely recorded and mixed with everything up to that point.  Lyrics come to me on the spot, I probably don’t spend more than 20 minutes writing lyrics for any one song.
Do you compose in a certain environment? Alone in the wee hours of the morning with my bass in hand and tape rolling.  
Have you done any covers live? Negative.
What language do you sing in? English.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Least, probably 5 people in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.  Most was appx 500 in Timisoara, Romania.  
What ages are most of your concert attendants? I'd say 32 is probably a decent average.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Vary.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? The city we've probably played the most is Berlin, Germany.
What was your first gig like? An all ages show in an art gallery in Fredericton, NB, Canada to probably 75 people.
What was your latest gig? Last gig was December 9, 2017 in Halifax, NS, Canada.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Yes we had to cancel 2 shows on our Fall European Tour in 2016 due to being hospitalized with pneumonia.  Also had to cancel 2 shows on our Fall European Tour in 2015 due to our van breaking down.  All 4 shows we've sadly had to cancel were in Germany.  
Where do you plan to gig the coming year? In 2019 we plan to play Switzerland, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Japan, China, Mongolia, United States and Canada.  All of that is subject to change and there could be a very others that could be swapped in there.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? Before we ever had even a second of recorded music in 2013, we printed 50 shirts and sold out within a couple of weeks.  Currently we have 2 full length LP's / CD's available for purchase.  Also our first album Oracles was just re-released on cassette on Aisxini Records in Greece.  
Where can people buy your merchandise? http://zaum.bandcamp.com
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I download tons of music so I’m definitely into it.  Owning it physically though is just so superior.  
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? It's crumbled.
Do you have any role models or idols? King Buzzo, the guy is a never-ending wealth of wisdom, creativity and humor.  
What are your web sites?
Bandcamp - http://zaum.bandcamp.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/zaumn
Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/zaumdoom
Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/zaumdoom
Website - http://www.zaum.ca
How can people reach you? Via our Facebook or Instagram.
What are your plans for the future? Recording our next album very soon, intending a spring 2019 release.  Then mass touring.

interview with Mauri Saenz

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How is it that you started playing music? I played the bass guitar since when I was 15 years old, every time that a have the opportunity of heard or watch a some one playing the bass I just love it , 

What are you name? / What instrument do you play? / How old are you? My name is Mauricio Saenz , I am bass player, and songwriter , I have 37 years old
Where are you from? 
I am from  La Paz Bolivia / south americ

What year did the band form? I had the opportunity of play the bass guitar with wonderful musicians such as Felipe Zuñiga and the extremist band , and Matamba , but now I am very busy finishing my first solo album so I think that my solo career begins in January of this year (2018)

What's your style of genre? Progressive rock and Jazz

What inspires you? songs, melodies, harmonies, my wife and my son

How have you developed since you started with the music? Since that I started, I always tried to improve my knowledge and my kind of playing my instrument, I grew up hearing other great musicians such as Jaco Pastorius and Victor Wooten. 

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? I think that is a very good option for musicians who search develop their live performances

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Yes, I wil love to have a label , a booking agency and a label are tools for us in the way of grow up such us musicians

What made you decide to make this music? To find a way to express me

What are your songs about? They are about the love that I feel of my family

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? I am the composer 

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? any where that feels comfortable for my work

Have you done any covers live? Yes I have, I done bass covers for bands that I like such us Dream theater, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Marcus Miller, Audio Slave.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? the laest it is between 50 and the most were 1000 people  

What ages are most of your concert attendants? Almost all of the gigs have attendees from ages of 20 - 50

Do you have a regular place you play live often? Yes I have, it calls  NUNA Theater 

What was your first gig like? It was in a talent contest in my neighborhood when I was 15 years old 

What was your latest gig? The last was at NUNA Theater in La Paz Bolivia 

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? I would love to do a tour presenting my new album 

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I think, that is the best way to reach more people
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Technology has changed the way that we looking everything and the music concept of music industry

What do you think of my work? It is essential for all musician´s works and a complement that benefits us

Do you have any role models or idols? Yes I have, my influences are Jaco Pastorius, Victor Woten, Billy Sheehan, Marcus Miller
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Yes it is, it is easier to find inspiration from  a both bands 

What have been your biggest obstacles? money hehehe

What advice would you give other bands or artists? by consequence and work hard to find your dreams
Do you have any new material? Yes I have,  I´m just finish my solo album

What are your web sites?
Facebook  pages

@maurisaenzbassplayer

mauricio.a.saenz

How can people reach you? email address: marsmusique@gmail.com

What are your plans for the future? I will make more music material such us books and albums

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