Black Rabbit – Interview
PD: What type of artist are you?
BR: We are a thrash/death metal band from Apeldoorn, focussing mainly on the thrash side. We write, for some people, angry and aggressive music, but to us it’s a lifestyle and an outlet for all the stuff happening in the world.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself
BR: Black Rabbit started back in 2014, when Jelle and me (Hidde) started playing guitar together. We found our own riffs and started to get the hang of it more and more. We figured it would be nice to have a complete band and teamed up with a bassist and after some time a drummer as well. After some time, a vocalist was added too, and we started playing our first few gigs. After some line-up changes, Max joined the band as our drummer. Since he has a big influence on the Dutch metal-scene, he gave us the input we had wanted all this time. We finally took off, and now we are starting to make a name for ourselves.
PD:: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BR: We have a lot of musical influences, as well as some non-musical influences. For our musical influences, we usually tell everyone to just check out our Spotify playlists, because you get so easily influenced by all the music around you. Our main musical influences are Kreator, Death, Carcass, Slayer, etc.. Apart from just thrash and death influences, all kinds of metal sub-genres inspire us. We visit loads of concerts of all kinds of different sorts, so that’s a big part of our identity.
As a non-musical influence, we would like to add our (Jelle and mine, Hidde) favorite comedian Hans Teeuwen from the Netherlands. He has been a big part of our personal life, not just as a comedian, but as a musician as well. One of his shows inspired us to write our song Internal Death, which we made a little darker than what it might have been at first, hahaha.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BR: Of course our goal is to become a bigger band and support some of the larger names in the metal industry, whose goal isn’t, right? For now, we would like to make a name for ourselves in the Netherlands, becoming one of the bigger bands in the underground scene. It’s important to keep looking at it step by step. We have a lot to learn as a band, so let’s just start by focussing on that. Time will tell..!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about>
BR: We all have our part in writing songs. Usually, Jelle and me start writing riffs, just thinking of sick ideas to turn into a song. Max adds some drums to these riffs and we start looking at the structure of the song. Eventually, our vocalist will write the lyrics for the song, something that might fit to the style or atmosphere of the track.
The songs are mostly about diseases, serial killers and that kind of stuff. Our song ‘La Bestia’, for example, is about Columbian serial killer Luis Garavito, who admitted to having murdered and raped over 100 little children.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BR: Max has a big share in promoting and setting up our shows. He arranges our gigs in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. We announce our shows on Facebook, with events and posters I design myself.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BR: I admit to having downloaded music… But I don’t approve. In the beginning of my love for music, I downloaded some, but that was mostly because I didn’t have the money to spend on CD’s and what not. Nowadays, I still buy CD’s, even though Spotify has all the music in the world. I just like supporting the bands I go to, while also having some space occupied in my cabinet.
PD: What songs do you wish you’d written and why?
BR: If I would have to come up with one particular song, it would have to be Holy Wars… The Punishment Due. This song has so much interesting transitions, with these catchy intricate riffs. The part before the solo with the harmonics just hypes you up in such a right way, it’s amazing. What happens more often, is that I hear some particular riffs or breakdowns, which I would love to have written myself.
At the moment it is pretty difficult to come up with music, as almost everything is already written.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BR: I don’t really like people arguing over their favorite sub-genre. Everyone has their own taste, and you should just accept that.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BR: That would have to be our EP release for ‘Warren of Necrosis’, which was January 9th, 2020. We shared the stage with Rages of Sin, Distillator and Bodyfarm. Distillator and Bodyfarm are some of the bigger Dutch metal bands, so it was quite an honor the be a part of this beautiful party. The best thing about this night was finally showing the world what we are capable of. Also, it was in our own hometown Apeldoorn, and we had the most spectators of all the bands that night!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BR: With the whole Covid-19 problems the world has to offer us, we are currently working on new music, since we can’t play gigs anyway. What better way to spend your time, than to write some fresh new music!
PD: Tell us about your next show and why we should be there
BR: If only you could tell us… In the Netherlands, all events up until June 1st are canceled due to the Covid-19. We have a festival show coming up, called Stonehenge. We will be performing with all kinds of big metal bands, such as Malevolent Creation, Vader, Benighted and much more. We will be performing a short set, so if you want to be ripped apart in 4 songs, you should be a part of this!