Interview: SPiT LiKE THiS
mit Lord Zion vom 20. September 2013 via Mail
Wozu braucht man heutzutage in der Musik überhaupt noch irgendwelche Genrebezeichnungen? Macht nicht jeder laut eigener Aussage die Mucke, die einem selbst am besten gefällt und die man eigentlich gar nicht kategorisiert sehen möchte? Macht es nicht Sinn, bei all den unterschiedlichen Genre-Mixturen und dem unübersichtlichen Schlachtfeld an musikalischen Einflüssen einfach nur von "Musik" zu reden?
Die einen würden jetzt sagen, dass für sie die Musik eh immer nur Musik war. Egal, ob Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop oder Jazz. Sie hören alles. Andere, die bei ihrer musikalischen Sozialisierung irgendwo im Mittelalter stecken geblieben sind, die wollen alles fein säuberlich getrennt haben. „True Metal“
und „false music“
. Ihr wisst, was ich meine. Brendan Perry
von Dead Can Dance
würde jetzt sicher vor Wut über diese Begrifflichkeiten glatt einen Kopfstand hinlegen.
Eine der Gruppen da draußen, die auch irgendwie in keine Schublade passen und deshalb das Schubladendenken konstruktiv demontieren, sind SPiT LiKE THiS
. Sie verbinden Elemente des Goth, Punk, Glam Metal und natürlich des Shock 'n' Roll. Das liest sich doch schon mal ganz gut! Aber auf der anderen Seite, ist es nicht ziemlich gefällig, wenn man die Geschmacksrichtung eines jeden Gaumens anzusprechen vermag? Wo bleiben da die Ecken und Kanten, die das musikalische Hörerlebnis zu einem unvergesslichen Akt machen? Vielleicht es es doch besser, wenn die Musiker sich innerhalb eines Genres bewegen und auch nur diesen einen Kreis an Fans ansprechen?
Bevor wir dumm sterben müssen, haben wir Lord Zion
, den Sänger der Truppe, einfach mal gefragt, was er davon hält und wo er den Hund begraben sieht. Außerdem berichtet er von der Veröffentlichung des neuen alten Albums „Normalityville Horror“
in deutschsprachigen Gefilden.
Viel Spaß beim Lesen!
Alex: Hi Lord Zion! Thanks for taking the time for this interview. How
are you doing?
Lord Zion: Hello Alex, good to meet you and thanks for having me. I am doing
wonderfully, since you ask!
Alex: Your music is mostly categorized as a mixture between Goth,
punk, glam metal and shock 'n' roll. Would you agree on that?
Lord Zion: I think I invented the term “shock n roll”. I am certainly going
to claim I did here. And, yes, I think all of those aspects can
be found in our music. It is an amalgumation of things that I
grew up listening to and love. I find it odd when bands sound
just like another band. Why copy? We take influences and
inspiration from others, then glue it all together to make the Spit Like This
Alex: How would you personally call your musical style?
Lord Zion: We decided to call it Glam Punk. Our attitude is very punk, very
DIY, and our on stage performance has more in common with punk
than anything in the rock arena. And we wear cool clothes, a bit
of eyeliner, so that makes us a bit glam. I'm not a fan of
categories though as then people don't allow you to move out of
them and explore.
Alex: Could you explain how your music has developed over the
Lord Zion: It has matured and got better. And, as I have gotten older and
wiser, the songs are less about partying and sex and now much more
about life, oppression, freedom ... things that affect us all. I
am trying to cope with life via song.
Alex: And how important is it, to create his own music within a
certain genre? I mean you can't change a bands style from album to
album without loosing credibility.
Lord Zion: It is not at all important. One of my favourite bands is Queen.
They were around in the era where it was fine to experiment and,
as a result, we have great songs like "Ogre Battle", "Sheer Heart
Attack" then "Bohemian Rhapsody", "The Prophet Song" onto "Hammer
To Fall" or "Radio GaGa". Artists aren't allowed that kind of
freedom now. Rock music is supposed to be about rebellion but, if
you dare stray away from the formula people associate with you,
they don't like it. People should embrace change and not be so
stuck in their ways.
Alex: Your latest album "Normalityville Horror" is going to be
released in Germany in October and Switzerland. What can you tell
us about it?
Lord Zion: It is not a concept album, but there is a general theme that runs
through it. Life can be a struggle at times and the human spirit
has to rally against that. A lot of this album deals with those
issues. Nearly every song is a big middle finger up to someone or
something that pissed me off. And it sounds GREAT!
Alex: This album has been released in the UK already in 2012.
What's the reason for this later release in Germany?
Lord Zion: Germany (Austria/Switzerland) is very dear to us. We love it over
there and we think that, given the right exposure, German rock
fans could really get into SPiT LiKE THiS. Delaying the release
gave us an opportunity to get some more videos done and really
concentrate on a solid PR push. It isn't the ideal situation but,
these days, when it comes to releasing records, all the rules have
Alex: How has been the working process with producer Chris
Lord Zion: CT is a legend, and rightly so. He is a joy to work with. The
consumate professional but, at not stage did he act like he knew
better than us, even though he clearly did. I spent 19 days in
the studio with him and there was not one bust up; not one
disagreement. I would happily do it over and over again. In
fact, we enjoyed it so much, we were the first band to sign to his
Alex: What's the difference to its forerunner "We Won't Hurt You“?
Lord Zion: It is a much more focussed record. The first album, if listened
out of order, wouldn't have made much sense. It is a journey
album. You need to start at track 1 and finish on track 13. It
is a great album, but it is very different to “Normalityville
Horror”. The first album was our statement piece. This was us
saying “You think you know us? You don't know a thing!”. We
wanted to say that we can do what we want, when we want, how we
want. And we did. But with “Normalityville Horror”, I wanted to
bring it back to how I first envisaged SLT. Very ryhthmic,
stacatto underpinnings with some nice vocal melodies and heavy as
fuck drums. It is very much a reflection of us live, whereas the
first album was more of a studio album, if that makes sense?
Alex: What is the most difficult part of the songwriting process?
Lord Zion: Procrastination. Like with most things, if you just do it, it is
easy. Thinking about doing it is the hard part. I tend to find,
I won't write a song for ages, but then a few will come at once.
I need to have something to say. If I have a story, the song ends
up being better.
Alex: Where would you see the intention behind your music? Do you
want to transport a message or is it like pure entertainment?
Lord Zion: There is definitely a message. All four of us in the band were
the freaks, geeks and losers in society. Looked down upon,
despised and ridiculed. So the message is, “don't settle – fight
for what you want and never take No for an answer”. As one of our
songs says, “If I can do this, so can you”.
Alex: When did the music actually become your life? Was there any
Lord Zion: Yep, when I was 15 years old, our school did something called a
"Pop Mime". I decided to do Def Leppard and I put together a
little "band" and I was the “singer”. It was in front of about
1,000 kids and, by the end, I was hooked. It's been downhill ever
Alex: So, what makes a musician professional? Is it the fact that they
can live from their music or is it more about their skills?
Lord Zion: I don't think it is the skill. There are way better singers out
there than me that cannot get anywhere. And there are way worse
singers that are on top of the world. I think it is about
attitude. If you ACT and BEHAVE like a professional, then you are
a professional. If you act like a cock, you aren't. Don't care
who you are.
Alex: As a musician you travel a lot. Isn't it sometimes hard to be
away from home for such a long time?
Lord Zion: Before you leave, you think it is going to be tough but, when you
are on the road, that becomes your life. There is so much going
on, you don't really have that much else to focus on. Especially
if you are visiting a new country. It is always nice coming back
Alex: How long are you at home during a year?
Lord Zion: At the moment, quite a lot. I am busy in many other areas as well
as the band. Thankfully, since we got a manager, I haven't had to
focus so much on the day-to-day stuff so have been able to explore
other opportunities. For instance, I wrote a film called "Meet
The Cadavers" that I am also producing (with Vikki) and codirecting.
Me and Vikki are also starring in it.
Alex: What do you do to keep yourself in shape for a tour? Are you
Lord Zion: I work out all the time. Have done since I was 18. I used to be
really fat as a kid so had to do something. So I hit the weights
4 times a week, do cardio every day and watch what I eat
constantly. I am the Arnold Schwarzenegger of rock. Just with
much, much smaller muscles.
Alex: What do you think about all the Internet Piracy? Do you think
it can be useful?
Lord Zion: It is a double edged sword. Without the piracy, maybe a band
could actually earn a living in 2013 without sucking Simon
Cowell's cock. But, as piracy exists and we are stuck with it, it
can mean that people discover you that wouldn't otherwise. If I
had my way though, I would hit people with a big stick until the
piracy stopped. It is theft and not something I agree with on
principle. The more it goes on, the less choice people will have
as no-one will have the money – or motivation – to invest in new
Alex: Do you think that being successful with a band is something
you can actually plan?
Lord Zion: To a degree. You can never plan for lucky breaks, but you can be
prepared to spot an opportunity and grab it. The longer you don't
stop, the more people will hear about you. Eventually, you might
have enough of them around to feed you.
Alex: Did you have any remarkable, special or funny moments with
SPiT LiKE THiS that you will never forget and want to share with
Lord Zion: The oddest was when we found a DVD on the wheel of our car. We
put it in the machine and it was a video of a man's wife with a
massive dildo who went on to pleasure herself with it until she
was all Niagra Falls over the lens. That will haunt me until the
day I die!
Alex: Especially in the last decade there seems to have been a wave
of reunions. Black Sabbath with Ozzy in 2012, Led Zeppelin in
2007, Judas Priest with Rob Halford in 2004. They are all giants
of the rock scene. Where do you think did this reunion wave come
Lord Zion: Because they are no longer getting the big royalty cheques from
selling zillions of albums. To stay in the lifestyle to which
they have become accustomed, they have had to swallow their pride,
get back together and give the paying public what they want.
Alex: What can you tell us about your future?
Lord Zion: The three M's! Music, Movies and Mayhem.
Alex: That's it! Thanks again for your effort. Is there anything
left you would like to tell your fans out there?
Lord Zion: All I would ask is that people check out our various sites and
connect with us online. So please visit us on:
Support us by buying some very awesome merch from http://www.smellyourmum.com
check out the movie stuff at: http://www.facebook.com/meetthecadavers