Zombi - Our thoughts are with the people of Japan.

Intervju - 15.03.2011 - Skrevet av: Asgeir
Vel, jeg fikk en promo av den nye skiva til Zombi, og siden det har begynt å bli ganske velkjent rundt omkring film fenomenet (som også ligger rundt navnet) så tenkte jeg å hyle I vei med noen spørsmål til bandet. Det var forsåvidt ikke så mye som kom tilbake fra hr. Steve Moore, men noen småting fikk vi svar på....

Intervjuet er på Engelsk om du ikke klarer å lese det på Norsk.
Congratulations on the newest addition to the Zombi universe! Well, could you tell me about thenew release Escape Velocity that's being released may 10th!?

SM: Thanks. The new album was kind of an attempt for us to return to form. Spirit Animal was our “prog” album. But we’re not really a prog band, we’re more synth rock or post rock. So we tried to scale it back and use only drums and synthesizers - but we’re both in very different places physically and mentally than we were 10 years ago when we started this band, so returning to form isn’t quite a return to form, but a return to a new form, which isn’t really a return at all. It’s just a new album.


Could you tell me some ground facts from the artwork and design from Escape Velocity Thatcould also be some collective answear from the earlier albums. What makes a Zombi artwork so fantastic?

SM: The new album cover is just a photo I took one afternoon in my backyard.  Just kidding. Jeremy Schmidt is what - or who - makes Zombi artwork so fantastic.  He created the Spirit Animal artwork as well.  Before that I did all the artwork - which was a good and a bad thing.  I was able to directly translate our thoughts on our own music when I was making the cover art, but I think it’s also important to have some outside input in that department.  Working with Jeremy is great and I hope we get to do it again and again.


How is the collaberation with Relapse Records? How do you work together with then?

SM:  Relapse is a great label.  They’re very supportive of our weirdo music.  I wouldn’t call it a collaboration though.  We make records, they put them out.


Both of you have gained alot of attention and nice words around being capable of writing the music behind Zombi. You are described as masterminds and multi-instrumentalists and never got any bad words from any direction. What is the key to this success?

SM: Oh I’ve seen some bad words alright. I would say though that we’ve been lucky.  I see a lot of bands try to do something different and get trashed for it.  Or they get a lot of hype then there’s a backlash. I think the key is to make the music you want to make without worrying about what people want to hear, which is what we’ve always done.


How do Zombi create these albums over and over again? I've not any expert on Zombi, but I'veheard a few albums, and I always wonder how you guys work together... ?

SM:  It’s different every time.  Back in the early 2000’s we were living in the same city so we’d rehearse a couple times a week until we were ready to record.  Then we’d rent or buy a bunch of gear and do it ourselves.  We live in different cities now, so most of the collaboration is done online.  We record demos individually then send them back and forth.


What inspires the two of you to write such music? I guess there is alot of untold stories behind thename of Zombi and of course alot that you don't like to tell, but could you a least serve me some fruity inspiring musicians or such that mean alot to you?

SM:  Who you calling fruity? Just kidding, I know we are.  I have no clue why we write music.  Or why we write the music we write. Or why it always comes out the same.


What is the fundmental words og thoughts that lies behind the name `Zombi`, that makes you work around the name, and still be active? What does `Zombi` mean to each of you guys?

SM: Sorry, don’t understand the question.


Do you ever play liveshows? It would be amasing to see such music on stage with alot of lights and effects....

SM: We used to play many, many, many, many shows. There were rarely lights - sometimes there wasn’t even a sound system.  One time somewhere in the UK we were touring with Thrones, and we had to borrow Joe Preston’s bass rig to play our synths through.  It sounded like ass.


I guess there is no way to avoiding the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that hi recently. What is your thoughts around this disaster?

SM: Truly horrible - our thoughts are with the people of Japan.