Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Zeit Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the
1-Hi everyone. We formed in 2014, and in the same year we released our first EP “ZOE
BIOS” [available for free on our bandcamp page]. We all
had already played together in different swedish death metal and powerviolence bands
before. We were lucky enough to play with many international bands since we started
with the ZEIT project. We released our first full length in 2015 on vinyl, cd and tape
thanks to the collaboration with many independent labels, and we left for our first
European tour with the guys from The Mild (give them a listen here https://, they’re a blast) in November. We are now continuing to play
live as much as we can in order to keep promoting the record.

2.In 2015 you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound
that is presented on the recording?

2-When we got started with ZEIT we had the aim of playing crazy, superfast and frantic
music. We wanted to sound dissonant and twisted in a personal and recognizable way
since the very first listen, but we didn’t want to play classic mathcore or hardcore. We
tried our best to avoid redundance and technique just for the sake of it, and we focused
on keeping the groove going. I’d say we stucked to our initial purposes.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music??
3- The main themes in “The World is Nothing” are the concepts of difference and
repetition. Sebastiano [singer] and me [Francesco, drummer] took care of the
interpretation and development of these ideas in connection to what we were interested
in.  The “world” which appears throughout our lyrics and that is also in the title of the
record actually is the great context where our considerations take shape. In the record,
we intend the “world” as what is external from “the interpretation of things”. We talk
about something that cannot be talked about.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Zeit'?

4- We were partying and we started talking about what name would fit the band best. I
was studying Heidegger for my thesis and I proposed various names, from “Sein und
Zeit” to “Zeitlichkeit” and many other strange things. Given that “Zeit” was a recurring
name Sebastiano decided to settle the things once and for all and simply proposed
“ZEIT” as the name of the band. Time is something which often appears in our lyrics.  

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would
you describe your stage performance?
5- We played many concerts since our debut and each one of them has been mental. I
must say that I like recalling what happens outside our half-an-our-stage-rage
performance, because we spend most of our time outside the stage. Last year we played
a festival here in Italy together with our mates from Slander and Gab [our bass player]
disappeared all of a sudden. An ambulance came a couple of hours later and I was told
he had broken his head, and we still don’t know how it happened. It all went well after
all so I can say it has been funny. 

When we play live we try our best to be direct, no frills, no samples, no somersaults on
the stage: it all comes to “plug the jack in, blast the shit out of the drums, scream my
lungs out and play at my best”.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6-Sure, we’re planning a European tour at the end of this year. We will give further
details about concerts and supporting bands soon; in the meanwhile you can follow us on
our Facebook page to receive updates on the next concerts

7.On the album you had worked with a variety of many different labels, can you tell us a
little bit more about them?
7-They are all independent labels we got in touch with as soon as we recorded the
album. When we were touring to promote the record we eventually got the chance to
know people who run these labels: many of them are Italian, but there’s a bunch of
foreign ones too. We are extremely grateful for the trust and the enthusiasm all these
guys put in the production of our first full-length. 

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of hardcore
and metal?
8- We’ve had many positive feedbacks as of now, and we also got plenty of good reviews
both from Italian and foreign websites and magazines. We also shipped some copies
abroad, so we assume the record is going great! The best thing is that what we did has
proved to be very across-the-board: both die-hard metal heads and hardcorers seem to
like it. After all, we all come from Metal and I bet this is something quite perceivable
despite the record would probably be included in the post-hardcore macro-genre. 

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9 -I don’t know precisely what to say on this point. We’ve been writing some new tunes,
where we try different solutions, something we didn’t include on the record. We surely
will try something new and various to develop our sound before the second record. We
wouldn’t really like to write a “The World Is Nothing Part 2, or said in other words, we’d
like it but it would be “too easy”.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your
music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

10- You can clearly here Converge, Cursed and Trap Them and all of that musical genre.
We actually looked back to At The Gates and Death, and even to stoner with the Queens
of the Stone Age. We’re heavily influenced from what we listen to and what we’ve been
listening to throughout the years. On top of that, there’s also the fact that Ale [guitar]
and me have been playing and writing metal together for 10 years so far, and we
undoubtedly have a certain way of seeing and building up a song despite the genre we
play has now changed.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

11- That’s a nice one. I say videogames. I am an hardcore retro gamer. I’m not sure
about the other guys, but for the weed. I’d definitely say weed. 

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12- Many thanks for the review and the interview, and thanks to everyone who was
patient enough to read this through until the end. You can find our record and stream or
buy it from our bandcamp page and find our next shows on
our Facebook page. We hope to come and play some shows in your area in the future!

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