Kill Spector (Rock)
Posted Sep 1, 2006.
Wim Arys: guitar (me)
Nico Goethals: vocals
Stef Bollaert: drums
Vincent Windels: guitar
What genre is your music?
Who got you interested in playing this kind of music?
Listening as a kid to those great rockbands of the 90Ã¢Â€Â™s like faith no more (and some 80Ã¢Â€Â™s like JaneÃ¢Â€Â™s addiction).
What is music to you?
My profession and my life.
How did you come up with your band name?
From famous Ã¢Â€Â˜wall of soundÃ¢Â€Â™ producer phil spector, heÃ¢Â€Â™s on trial now for murder.
What venue has been the best to play at?
Marktrock Leuven, a big Belgian festival.
How was your first show?
Small place in our hometown.
How have you seen yourselves get better since then?
What makes a show the best?
An enthusiastic audience.
Who do you one day want to play a show with or open for?
Many people, Audioslave, Nine inch nails, velvet revolver.
What inspires most of your lyrics?
Relationships and observing people.
Why would anyone want to hear your music?
We bring music with that real powerful classic rock feel, you know.
What you are saying thru your music?
How many people in the band right now are the original band members?
5, 1 new guitar player because playing the songs of latest album live was impossible with just 1 guitar player.
What brought your band together?
A mutual interest in rock.
When was your band formed?
For what reasons was your band formed?
As a studio project at first. I had been working as a producer for other people for years and I wanted my own band.
Where do you wish for your band to be in 5 years?
Still making music and at a higher level musically and professionally
What do you think its going to take to get there?
A lot of hard work and money.
What is the best thing about being your band?
We get to play nice venues, meet cool people and have lots of fun.
Do you have any advice to starting bands?
Only sign contracts when the other party is prepared to give serious financial backing or invest in another significant way. Besides that, donÃ¢Â€Â™t think that someone else is going to do the hard work for you.
What do you guys do for work right now, other than playing music?
Wim works as a producer out of his own studio www.magnetic.be, besides that just started up a new record company syndrome recordings www.myspace.com/syndromerecordigs and a booking agency/artist management service Five-o Music www.myspace.com/fiveomusicdotcom
Does being involved in playing music make you miss out on anything?
ItÃ¢Â€Â™s not a 9 to 5 job, itÃ¢Â€Â™s 14 hrs a day 7 days a week, and going out means networkingÃ¢Â€Â¦ ItÃ¢Â€Â™s 1:30 at night right now in Belgium, by the way J.
What advantage do you have above other people because you play music?
Living a creative life is very rewarding and addictive.
What were some of your favourite bands growing up?
Alice in Chains, JaneÃ¢Â€Â™s Addiction, The God Machine, Seal, Moby, Future sound of London, Sly and the family stone.
What would you say to a kid who has no faith in himself?
Every person has his or her own worth, so do you. Stay positive.
How old were each of you when starting to play instruments?
In our early teens
Have you lost any fans for doing something drastic?
We used to be on Stella Artois Music Records (the Belgian beer, yes) some people didnÃ¢Â€Â™t like the fact that a big beer producer was involved in music, and we were branded a Ã¢Â€Â˜commercialÃ¢Â€Â™ band, without the backing and funds the majors have unfortunately ;-)
Every bands music changes over the years, but do you like playing and the style of the old stuff?
Yeah, we have changed a bit since our debut album Ã¢Â€Â˜FusedÃ¢Â€Â™, but I still like playing the old stuff too.
Anything you would like to say to your fans reading this interview?
Thanks for all the support you guys have given us over the last years!
What's your latest cd?
Six Weeks At The Outside.
How did you come up with the title?
I heard it on the new Battlestar Gallactica series, someone has a maximum six months to live.I changed months to weeks, because the concept of the album was to make and record it in maximum six weeks.
What do you guys think about it?
An artistic leap from the level of the first one. Both great though, and both mastered at Sterling Sound in New York.
Where can we get it?
Fused Ã¢Â€Â“ first album re released on Itunes, Napster and the other online services in August; Six Weeks at The Outside in September.
What do you want people to get out of listening to your cd?
Everyone can listen to what they want as far as I am concearned.
What did your fans say about it?
First reactions are extremely positive.
Any advice for anyone thinking about making a CD?
Do it, it will make you a better musician.