To introduce a new format and because I am interested myself, there is now an interview with Dennis by Zeitgemäß. With variable instrumentation, Zeitgemäß creates wonderful guitar sounds that spread their own charm.
You have been publishing music on the net for some time. Tell me more about you, what is the beauty of the music that draws you into it? What makes you do the work that is connected with the creation of the music?
Music has been with me all my life. As a kid I started with an acoustic guitar and played it for 6 years. With 12/13 I switched to the electric guitar. Not only I liked Punk / Rock / Metal at the time, I was also tired of having to play songs on the guitar every Christmas. (Yes, I can now literally see the smile of all those who experienced the same) Switching to the electric guitar solved the problem immediately. What a blessing... With the electric guitar I were able to start covering songs, or just play around and relax. Music is very important for me. I enjoy listening to music from different genres and I like to play / compose myself. Since I am unfortunately limited in time like everybody who is working, it takes a while until a song is finished. Working on songs is always cool. I like to fiddle and give the song more and more life, that's also why I like working with other artists. Also to make the songs more varied and, of course, to compensate for my vocal deficits. Every time a song is finished, I look back on the work and enjoy the created work.
You say that you see yourself influenced by the genres of punk, rock and metal. Is it hard for you to produce the sound you want or do you have some tricks that help you?
The word "influenced" is actually not really correct. There are genres that I prefer to hear, which I get along well with and there also genres which I hear less often. Of course there are also genres I can not do anything with. Music tastes are just very different, which is good. But back to your question, I feel "assigned" to this genre because my music is somehow a mixture of everything and not home in any of these categories. To be honest, I do not want to be stuck in a certain corner like most bands, instead I want to do what I like. I would not say it's hard to produce the song. I always go to a recording studio for my songs. It costs a lot, but the guys know what they are doing. Unfortunately, I have no idea about mixing and it is only enough for private demos. But I look for the sound of the instruments myself. The "difficult" zjomh is the work on the songs. My knowledge and ability on the guitar is also limited and so some parts are really exhausting. But I consciously raise the bar to drive myself. That is the only way to learn and develop. All musicians use "Tricks" when recording, at least if you may call it that. But these are things that help with recording, i. e. recording the song in peaces or copying the voice when the refrain stays the same.
In cooperation with other artists, you make covers as well as your own songs. What strategies and techniques do you use when composing and writing? What is your way of working?
My mind is full of ideas and songs that I find really cool. I even have a list where I write down songs that I would like to change and cover, but it always comes differently than you think. By chance, I find another song that I think is great and then I start with this. But there is a difference when it comes to my own songs. There I have already some started compositions. Some are even a few years old, but I never finished them because I'm not satisfied yet. From time to time I dig up the songs again and see if I can find the right puzzle piece this time. So far, I've done everything but the vocals, but hopefully I've found someone with whom I can compose the music together. The next few weeks will show when we go to a project together. Basically, I start with my songs first with a text, the melody comes automatically. At least a basic idea for a song. I gradually expand the idea until I am satisfied. Only then do I search for suitable singers.
Like any musician, you want your music to be heard and people to have easy access to it. To do this, you release music on your website, both for listening and for creative use in videos or online radio. Are you satisfied with the possibilities that you have for disseminating online or are some things making it particularly difficult for you?
No, I am not really satisfied with the distribution. For a musician or a band that does not give concerts, it is far from easy to build up a circle of listeners. YouTube is full of people making music. Everyone wants to become known and struggle for listeners. There are masses of coverbandes, and not a few artists are making a release every week. But I still stick to my attitude and will only publish irregularly. Music should continue to be fun and fixed release dates are certainly not relaxed. I've already uploaded my music to some portals, but it just does not work so well with the distribution. But that does not change my desire to make music and to make videos for it. So if one of the readers runs an Internet radio or something similar, he / she can write to me and play my songs.
You started with a CD and are now publishing separate songs. What will happen to you in the future? Do you have any plans for that?
At least, my plans do not include another full CD at first. The production of a complete CD is simply too expensive. So it will continue to publish separate songs. If, contrary to expectations, inquiries for a CD arise, I can still think about a pressure in small numbers. However, it is more important to me to build a network of nice and competent musicians to work together on songs. So if anyone here reads this interview, musically skilled and has interest, he / she can write to me. Whether for vocals, or an instrument I am open for many ideas and jokes to have to try new.
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