French GONEZILLA are brand spanking new to me but I liked what I heard so I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-We are still very proud of our first album, because we are still convinced today that we did our very best at the time we made it. The crownfunding campaign was a real success, and by producing it ourselves we have learned a lot in the process. As every first album it is a collection of songs written on a period of several years, and some of our influences changed since then, but I still listen to it from time to time. Julien our guitarist did a great work on the mix and the mastering of Mobo from Conkrete Studios gave us a really massive sound. I’m convinced that we will continue to play some of the songs live for a very long time.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
– We started as a cover band and we were looking for a name that would reflect the city we live in (Lyon in France), and that would sound kind of “heavy”. The word “gone(s)” is a slang word of our city meaning “kid(s)”, or more generally “kid(s) from Lyon”. We combined it with the word Godzilla from the monster of the Japanese movies, one of the most heaviest and destructive thing you can think of haha.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
– It is really surprising for us to be honest! Hard work pays off I guess. Having our own identity has always been something important for us, and maybe it is something that our audience is noticing and appreciating. We’ll try not to disappoint with our future releases.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Image is of course really important, even if we do not fake who we are or what we do. What we want to do is to deliver an experience to the audience, whether on stage or on album. Our music can be sometimes dark, melancholic, but also powerful and really heavy. Our image is simply reflecting all of this.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-We are really proud of this artwork. We had the chance to meet Camille Murgue, a young artist living on our hometown. It was her first collaboration with a band, but we matched immediately. We discussed for about 2 hours about what we wanted to do, and she came up with this amazing ink drawing. The artwork represents the main themes found on the album: life, death, nature, human feelings etc… In our digital era we wanted an artwork that people would be proud to own in their CDs collection and I honestly think we nailed it. We will definitely work with Camille again in the future.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-For an unsigned band like us Internet is the only way to promote our music. The good side of it is that we are able to reach people worldwide. The downside is that we are drowned in the middle of thousands of bands, so it requires a huge amount of time, energy and money to get noticed. Plus the online revenues are negligible and people are not buying physical copies that much online.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life? *
-Well I personally have mixed feelings about the “metal community”. On one side I feel to be a part of the community, when sharing the stage with other bands we help out each other by sharing gear or supporting each other. On the other side I feel that the metal community only exists around huge events or festivals including famous bands. People are not supporting the local/underground scene that much anymore.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Well it is hard to make a statement as we are a part of the scene. On a global level the problem maybe is that is getting almost impossible to make a living being in a metal band today. A lot of classic albums of the 80’s & 90’s came to life because musicians could be focused 100% on their music. Nowadays most of the bands members have to deal with regular jobs, and can only write music, record and tour on their free time or vacations. We will never know how many amazing records have not been released because of this situation, which is a shame in my opinion.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We are just starting to play abroad to be honest. We always thought that people outside of France would not be interested in our music because we are singing in French, but the most enthusiastic reviews of our album came from Germany & Dutch speaking Belgium ! best regards. Clément (Bass)
We played in Belgium this month and we are playing in the Netherlands in April, for the Female Metal Event Battles Semi-Finals. We also have a gig in Switzerland in December. We definitely intend to focus on playing outside of our borders in the future. Any promoter interested should feel free to contact us by mail : firstname.lastname@example.org . We will study every offer.
What will the future bring?
-We already started the writing process of the next of the next album, which will be more doom metal oriented I think. We will send the demo to the labels by the end of the year and see what the future will bring. In the meantime we hope to get some interesting live gigs to promote our music and our band. I strongly advise the readers to like our Facebook page to get every news about GoneZilla.