KEITZER

Grinding death metal? Can it get any better? I don’t think so. Germany’s KEITZER might be the band that brightens up my day. Answers by Simon. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-That wasn’t too hard actually back then… It’s a misspelled dutch “Keizer” which means emperor. Our founding member Claas is a die-hard starwars fan, so he came up with it (emperor Palpatine). The “t” makes it all sound a bit harsher…and we all kinda liked it, so we simply went for it…

As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-We’re Keitzer from Germany, playing grinding death metal since 1999. We consist of Chris-Vox, Michael and Nicolai- Guitar, Tim – Drums and Simon – Bass. We’ve been together ever since, except Nicolai who joined us in 2007, replacing Claas who played guitar from start til 2002. “Ascension” is our 6th Full length, the 3rd for FDA, and will also come out in the US on vinyl on Give Praise.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Anger…

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-The scene is stable these days. A lot of good bands and active bookers are around. Though I have the impression that ten years ago everything seemed to be a bit easier. A scene is very important to develop, as I think playing shows/tours is very important to bands especially in the underground, gets you the audience, lets you make the experiences you need. I can just hardly imagine that a you can exist in a vacuum…

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-No, not really. But you move in your special scene and get to know a lot of people within, and you get a lot of positive response, you feel, you are doinig all of this for a purpose…

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Well it really depends. It just has to be a good piece of graphic art, you have to feel the relation to the music inside that package. That could also be birds and bees…

What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
-We definitely prefer physical. We all grew up in the 80s and 90s, so we all learned to worship LPs, Tapes and CDs. Especially LPs are for me the perfect medium for transporting the music or the album as a whole piece of art, it makes you kind of celebrate the album much more than anything else. Digital is let’s say the fast food of music. You can get it everywhere at anytime . I guess it fits our hypercapitalist times. Consume and then dump it. I guess it is new times but not really killing it, we just have to rethink our values and approach towards music and appreciate what musicians do and not see it solely as a product. But with today’s society in mind, it might just kill music…

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Mostly there are small clubs and autonomous diy venues where we play. There are still people coming to the shows of course but 10 years ago I have the impression that more people came out to shows, not being so tired or well fed maybe. I think that the festival season has become so packed with good fests that lots of people go to the fests without attending the single shows…

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It can be both, always depending on the show itself. Being on stage is the happening part, mostly all around it, like having good times with fans and other bands is the party part…

What would you like to see the future bring?
-I guess we simply want to carry on what we do, what is important to us. Play some great shows, record more albums that we like in first place and the fans as well, meet nice and dedicated people, just have good times.
Thank you for the Interview!

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