HOPELEZZ is yet another cool German thrash metal band that needs to be checked out.Answers by Adrian. 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 proud to release our very first concept album. It is a different approach writing music, because everything has to be connected somehow. We were able to show our skills writing music, not just songs wich happen to be on a record randomly. I think we did a pretty good job and we look forward to the oncoming reviews.
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?
-Our band name was the product of a night of beer, brainstorming and bad decision making. We were desperately searching for a cool and catchy name, but honestly, “Hopelezz” was just the only one everyone could agree on, even if it was not the best. I am not sure who brought in the idea of the double “z”. A friend of ours said it could stand for “ziemlich zügig”, wich losely translates to “quite fast”. We take everything we can get.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-I think every musician is proud of having people who listen to their music and who come to their shows. Publishing a record is a long and exhausting road for bands like us. From writing the very first riff, then recording everything and then finding a label wich will promote the record, there are many obstacles to overcome. Having people out their appreciating that is a great reward. So thank you!
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-For us, image is nothing we work on. We are not a black metal band wich has to be evil in all situations neither are we a viking metal band wich has to dress in a certain way all the time. We are four regular guys making music and having fun on tour. Personally, I don’t take things too serious and like to joke around wich is the opposite of our music, I guess. Honestly, we don’t really care what impression fans get, but most of the times we have fun with them and stay in good contact.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-For a concept album, the artwork is very important. It carrys the emotions you want to create with your music. The audience has to get an idea what they are about to hear, just by looking at it. I’m sure, that we archieved this. We worked very closely with Vagelis from “revolver design” to share ideas and examples and then he created this beautiful piece of art wich fits perfectly with the general tone of the music.
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?
-Social media plays a big role for every band nowadays. It’s an easy way to communicate with the fans and to promote records and tours. Fans want to be in touch with everything you do. I guess there is no real downside to it. Of course, it is much more difficult to stand out, but honestly, you have to work harder then. It’s that simple.
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?
-For us, music is a hobby. We all have a life outside of the band and we don’t want to life from our music, we want to relieve stress and have fun. I guess you could be part of a community by playing in a band, but we have other things wich give us meaning to our lifes. Honestly, I would be as fullfilled writing music just for myself as I am now playing in a band. But touring happens to be more fun with some friends around, so I stick to that.
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?
-This is a tough question. It’s tough because I have to say, that the metal scene in particular suffers from many many things. First there are it’s rules for every certain style. There is a particular set of rules you have to follow and if you don’t, you get rejected by the people following those rules. I think many musicians take their music too seriously. We don’t get the feeling that we are welcome with our slightly different approach of making heavy music. Secondly, when you play with bigger bands, you often get treated like “second-class” people and that’s the truth. We often don’t get what we got promised in contracts, even the small things like catering. But well, maybe this is just what we experienced I guess.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We like to tour and we like to play gigs outside of germany. It’s not hard to get concerts, but it’s hard to realise them when you have four people with normal jobs. So naturally we play more gigs in germany. But we are always looking for opportunitys to play gigs in other countrys!
What will the future bring?
-More music, more stories of wars, more fun. We are looking forward to play the new songs live. Like every band that releases a new record. I guess we have to see what comes along the way!