KESS’KHTAK is a death/grind band that I did not know of prior to doing this interview but now that I do know of them I am glad that I do. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
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?
-Well it’s not hard as it seems, it’s more complicated for people to pronounce it, but we find it funny to ear and read all the different interpretations. It’s an arabic insult, but written in common typography, it’s not easy to understand or to pronounce, but when it’s done correctly it define perfectly the band purpose.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-KSK is a five-pieced death-grind band from Geneva/Switzerland. We play for more than ten years now, a raw mix of grindcore and deathmetal, with some groovy HxC parts… But the best way for y’all to discover the band is to come at one of our show and make your own opinion!
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?
-We’re all music fans before being musicians, and our personnal tastes are really varied. It goes from the HxC to the death-metal, from the grindcore to the folk, from the doom to the hiphop, from the sludge to the drum&bass… If I have to name some bands it would be Rotten Sound, Misery Index and Napalm Death amongst some others.
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?
-There’s a large scene in Switzerland, especially metal/hardcore like here in Geneva – who’s know for unleashing bands like Nostromo, Impure Wilhelmina, Knut… Plenty of bands are active and they all aims to propose original music and play outside of our local borders. So rather than a competition between groups, it is above all an absolutely huge means of motivation for us. We all know each others, we’re almost all buddies and when we met for common gigs it’s always a pleasure to share time together.
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?
-Nah we don’t think of being part of something bigger or greater than we are in our lives. We feel deeply grateful of all the positive returns and all the support we get during these ten past years, and we are more than blessed to live our dreams as musicians, travelling around the globe, play our music and party with the new fans. That’s the most important point in playing music: spending good times together and killing everything when we’re on stage!
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?
-Artworks is really important, it’s the graphical explanations of what the record contains. It must be eloquent, pretty, and a little bit subversive. We really take an important care on our designs, from album cover to merchandising, and even of we work that it pleases the greatest number, the most important remains that we like it above all… By the way, birds and bees could be a good start for a killer artwork!
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-We are completely OK with the digital form of music. As we live in 2018, we cant occult this kind of exposition, who is really important for a small band like us. We play music for us of course, but also for our fans and for all people who loves extreme sounds. In this state of mind, we really want our productions go to the farest possible around the globe, even if we dont earn a fucking dollar with it! For the record, everyone can download our full discography for free on our bancamp page.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-I dont think there is a specific type of live spots who can welcome KSK. Our main goal is to play everywhere it is possible, in all conditions. We already played in small or big venues, in open-air festivals, in creepy basement, in a tattoo shop, in a construction site… We are able to play literally everywhere! Too bad Slayer didnt think of us for their farewell tour!
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Like a party, without any doubts! We play to have fun, to avoid all the pressure of our everyday lives. A KSK show is always driven by fun, even if we play a truly aggressive sound. Don’t misunderstand me, I talk about fun and party, but we’ll take care of playing a high quality & well executed show.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Dozen of gigs, everywhere it is possible to blast! Drop us a line if you wanna book KSK in your neighbourhood! Thanks everyone involved in the band for these past ten years, that means a lot to us! Peace. Love. Blasbeats